Children’s Study – Noah, Part 8

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Noah – Part 8

“I will name him Noah because he will give us comfort”

by Victor Torres

In our previous studies, we have been learning the meaning of numbers in the Bible. We have learned the spiritual meaning of the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 so far. Today, Lord willing, we will learn the meaning of the other numbers and answer some more of your questions.

Seven = completion

Like the people of Noah, we all begin as completely disobedient to God.

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Even the elect start out this way. We are as sinful as anyone, and as apostle Paul calls himself, we call ourselves also, the chief of sinners.

Pro 24:16 Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.

But God has started to work with us, and He slowly gets rid of the old person in us and starts to form a new person.

2Co 4:14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence.
2Co 4:15 All this is for your sake; and as God’s grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving.
2Co 4:16 For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being [old person] is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being [new person] is renewed day after day.

That is the main motivation of the elect, that more and more people will offer to the glory of God more prayers and thanksgiving.

Lamech, Noah’s father, is a symbol of how God is in the process (the number 3) of completing His work in us, and the new man (Noah, a symbol of Jesus Christ, is born in us)

Gen 5:28 When Lamech was one hundred eighty-two, he had a son.
Gen 5:29 Lamech said, “I’ll name him Noah because he will give us comfort, as we struggle hard to make a living on this land that the LORD has put under a curse.”
Gen 5:30 Lamech had more children
Gen 5:31 and died at the age of seven hundred seventy-seven [777 – three sevens: the process of God’s work being completed].

So that is what Noah’s name means, someone who will give us comfort or rest “as we struggle hard to make a living on this land”.   “The land” or the earth, as you have learned before, is a code word for our sinful body of sinful flesh. “We struggle hard to make a living on this land” means we try so hard to please ourselves. But our Lord is the only one that can give us true joy and comfort. Noah, whose name means “rest”, is a symbol of Jesus Christ who will give us rest or peace of mind, and free us from being slaves of our flesh.

Mat 11:28 If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens [the wants of the flesh], come to me and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.
Mat 11:30 This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

This process of changing us from someone who is very selfish to someone who is very selfless is a series of steps that God takes to make things in our lives right.

Naturally, starting from when we are kids and growing up to be adults, we are very selfish and we all want the things of this world. We all wanted to be famous or rich. We all wanted people to accept us and admire us. We all wanted just to have fun. But if you are one of God’s chosen people, you will be changed by God to His image, like His Son is.

If you have godly parents, they will teach you what you should put your time and effort into. Instead of spending a lot of time watching TV or playing video games, they will teach you to spend a lot of time studying the Bible and serving others. How can you serve your family? You can help cleaning up the house or take care of your younger brothers or sisters.

Our Lord spent His life serving others, and instead of being admired by people around Him, He was hated. In fact, the devil offered Him all the things that this world can offer, including everyone’s admiration and He didn’t take it.

Mat 4:8 Again, the Devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory [the praises and admiration of the world].
Mat 4:9 And he said to Him, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Go, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
Mat 4:11 Then the Devil left him. And behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

The conversation between Jesus and Satan above tells us very clearly that Satan is in control of the kingdoms of the world and their glory. So if you are going after the praise and admiration of the people of this world, you know who you are serving and worshiping.

You don’t have to literally build an altar to the devil and literally bow down to him in order to worship him. You just have to give in to the desires or wants of your flesh to worship the devil. Let me give you an example:

You’re playing a video game or watching TV, and your dad tells you to stop what you’re doing and finish your homework or clean up the house instead. Your natural reaction will be to complain and disobey your dad. If you complained or disobeyed your dad, then you are already worshiping the devil without even knowing it. But if you resisted that urge to complain and you obeyed your dad, you did what Jesus did – you didn’t give in to that natural urge. In spirit you said, “go away Satan”, and Satan will stop tempting you to complain. The devil will leave you just as he left our Lord when our Lord resisted him and obeyed His Father in heaven.

Jas 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones.

So that’s the negative meaning of the number seven, our complete disobedience to God and our parents. This is the time when we constantly fight against God, and fight with our parents. Here’s the two verses above in the CEV:

Jas 4:7 Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you.
Jas 4:8 Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind.

We see the positive meaning of the number seven in the number of clean animals and fowls (birds) that Noah brought in the ark:

Gen 7:2 You shall take with you every clean animal by sevens, the male and female. And take two of the animals that are not clean, the male and female.
Gen 7:3 Also take of the fowls of the air by sevens, the male and the female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

These clean animals and clean birds are the only ones accepted by God for sacrifice during the time of Noah and Moses.

Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Gen 8:21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

The number 7 here means complete obedience. Our complete obedience is very pleasing to God. It is like when we smell our favorite dish or our favorite perfume. God only accepts a clean life, a pure life that is symbolized by the clean animals and birds sacrificed by Noah in the altar.

Birds are symbols of spirits or our thoughts. All our thoughts are either good or evil. God can see our every thought, so we need to be careful what we think and what we say.

Psa 19:14 Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, LORD, because you are my mighty rock and my protector.

That’s why godly parents need to be careful to guide their kids on what TV shows or movies they see or what video games they play; also what books they read and internet sites they visit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, your thoughts can be easily influenced by these things. There are evil messages out there that these shows, internet sites and books teach, and the kids don’t have any idea that they are against the rules of God.

The members of the body of Christ are told to “try the spirits”, or compare the messages they are receiving to the words of God.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

I have been repeating to you the importance of studying the Bible. This is why. Many false prophets or false teachers are gone out into the world. These false prophets are mainly the false teachers who pretend they are followers of Christ. But false teachings can also come from all sorts of media like TV, the internet, books and movies.

How can we know that these shows and books are against the Bible, if we don’t even know what’s in the Bible? This is why movies and books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are so popular. Parents are either not aware or just ignore the fact that the Bible is against witches and wizards.

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times [fortune tellers], or an enchanter [those who casts spells], or a witch,
Deu 18:11 Or a charmer , or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer [those who wants to talk to the dead].
Deu 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD…

“All that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”, or as another translation puts it, “the LORD is disgusted with anyone who does these things”.

Deu 18:12 (CEV) The LORD is disgusted with anyone who does these things…

There are no good witches or good wizards. The LORD is disgusted and angry with anyone who does these things. Consulting fortune tellers, casting spells, consulting evil spirits and trying to talk to dead people are all evil in the eyes of God. Today, people not only tolerate these evil acts, they even celebrate them in the form of Halloween and in many movies, TV shows and video games.

People also fantasize of having super powers, not to glorify God, but to glorify themselves.

2Ti 4:4 and, indeed, they will be turning their hearing away from the truth, [people will stop reading the Bible] yet will be turned aside to myths [fiction, things that are not real].

So people today and in the past imagine magical creatures like fairies, genies, elves, vampires, super heroes and super villains, Greek gods and demigods and mutants with super powers. People spend millions of dollars watching movies and reading books about these fictional characters. Kids spend countless hours playing video games and watching cartoons with these mythical creatures. Parents who let their kids do these things are spiritually making their son or daughter pass through the fire:

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

I had been guilty of that sin, and I repented of it, and I hope the parents who are listening to these studies will teach their kids only the things that God wants them to learn.

Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Let’s continue the story of Noah:

Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Gen 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Q – Why did it rain for 40 days and nights? (What is the spiritual significance of 40?)

Gen 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
Gen 7:14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Gen 7:15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.
Gen 7:16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.
Gen 7:17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.

In order to know what the spiritual significance or meaning is of 40, and why God made it rain forty days and 40 nights, we need to know what this rain and flood accomplished. We see what the flood accomplished in the next verses:

Gen 7:18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters.
Gen 7:19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.
Gen 7:20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.
Gen 7:21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind.
Gen 7:22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.
Gen 7:23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.

So God made it rain for forty days and nights to kill every living thing that was on the earth. This is telling us that the life we live today is temporary. He will destroy this old way of life and replace it with a new way of life. The number 40 is a symbol of the trials that God sends our way to destroy our old person and to benefit our new person.

Gen 7:18 to 23, also answers this question:

Q – Did sea life, plants and trees die along with everything on the earth?

Only land animals and birds died during the flood, sea creatures lived. Plants and trees were also destroyed because the flood covered even the highest mountains. But as I taught you in previous studies, we have plants and trees today because Noah had plants and seeds in the ark to feed his family and the animals, and also to plant after the flood (Noah planted a vineyard). Some of the seeds could have also floated with the debris during the flood.

Our Lord Jesus Christ used the flood in one of His parables:

Mat 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

So with all of these trials that God sends us, if we are obedient to Him, we will be rewarded for our works. But if we give in to our flesh, and we disobey Him during our trials, we will be punished for our evil works.

Our old man or old person is the foolish man who built his house on the sand. He listens to Christ’s teachings but does not do them.

Eight = New Man

Eight is the number of the wise man, our new man who built his house on the rock. We can see this symbol in the old testament when every eight-day old male child is required to be circumcised.

Gen 17:12 And a son of eight days shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations; he that is born in the house, or bought with silver of any stranger who is not of your seed.

If you don’t know what circumcision means, I’ll let your parents tell you. For now I will just tell you that it involves cutting some flesh, and it is a symbol of cutting off the flesh, not giving in to the desires of the flesh.

Col 2:11 in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands [spiritual circumcision], in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ,

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in flesh;
Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart; in spirit and not in letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.

How do we know if we are living a new life? We know that if we are going after the praise of God and not after the praise of men (ungodly men). As you learned before, Noah is the eighth man, a symbol of Jesus Christ who comforts us and teaches us as we struggle against the devil and against our sinful flesh.

2Pe 2:5 And He did not spare the old world [the old man], but saved Noah the eighth one [the new man], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

Gen 5:29 Lamech said, “I’ll name him Noah because he will give us comfort, as we struggle hard to make a living on this land that the LORD has put under a curse.”

If you remain faithful (loyal) to God despite the many trials in life, you will receive a great reward when the Lord Jesus Christ comes.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful.
2Ti 4:8 So a crown will be given to me for pleasing the Lord. He judges fairly, and on the day of judgment he will give a crown to me and to everyone else who wants him to appear with power [you will rule with Christ and with God, and you will teach the whole world how to serve God].

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