And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.
Here we read a prophetic statement about Noah from his father Lamech. Noah was prophesied to bring “comfort” to his generation. This comfort was to be related to the curse brought on the earth as a result of Adam’s, Eve’s and Cain’s rebellion (Genesis 3:17; 4:12). Noah’s name literally means “rest” or “comfort.”
As we will read in future Daily Bible Verse Blog posts, Noah and his family were called to restart human civilization after God purged the earth of human wickedness using a global flood. After the flood, God specifically made a covenant to never “again destroy every living thing as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).
As we will see, Noah was a very special individual who “walked with God” and was a “preacher of righteousness” (Genesis 6:9; 2 Peter 2:5). He was a man that God could use to restart the human race.
Noah’s calling and work foreshadowed the future work of Jesus Christ. God used Noah to bring deliverance from a depraved and evil world that was destroying itself (Genesis 6:5, 11-13). Jesus Christ will return to earth to save humanity from a time when human conditions will in certain aspects be “as in the days of Noah,” and in other ways worse (Matthew 24:21-22, 37-39).
To learn more about the true salvation offered by Jesus Christ, read “What Is Salvation?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Long for God’s Salvation.”