“…Noach was a tzadik. Noach was tamim [‘perfect’] in his generations. Noach walked with Elohim.” [Genesis/Bereshiet 6:9]
Does that mean his DNA was uncorrupted by the likes of ‘gene therapy’? Does it mean he was a pretty good guy, at least by the pitiful standards of a horribly corrupt world? Or is there more to it?
At least all of that sounds enough like what we see today to admit that HOWEVER it was in the ‘Days of Noah,” we’re certainly getting pretty close once again.
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at a parsha (Noach, Gen/Bereshiet 6:8 through chapter 11) where most of us can say “we’ve heard the story,” and we can probably see more than a few parallels today. Even so, there are some elements that have been called “ambiguous,” or worse, but which may REALLY help us “connect some dots” now that the level of the ‘wickedness of men’s hearts’ that we’re dealing with can no longer be denied.
First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:
The Sabbath Day teaching is not only about some of those “ambiguities” and the questions that come along with them, but another theme as well that Mark suggests connects not only some of the ‘criticisms’ that have been directed at Noach (like: all that time, and he didn’t ‘save’ anybody else, so he wasn’t much of a leader”) but so many of the parallels we can’t ignore in our own “corrupt” era. Do we try to “save the world” that seems intent on self-destruction, or crawl into our own little “arks”? How can we ‘choose life’ in a world so intent on massive death?
“Noach: What’s the Big Deal About a Tower – and FAILURE to Communicate”
The combined two-part podcast is here: