Saturday, June 7, 2014
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord
The concept of grace is like a multi-faceted jewel. Each facet sparkles as the gem is slowly turned in the light, and each facet contributes to the beauty of the entire gem. So it is with the concept of grace. Each nuance of the meaning of grace shines, sparkles, and contributes to the entire beauty of the wonderful idea of grace.
Grace, simply put, mean and kindness and favor. Many modern translations substitute the word favor for grace, and favor is indeed a good synonym for grace. The first mention of grace in the Bible is in Genesis 6:8. King James Version says, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." The English Standard Version reads, " But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord." The verse implies that Noah sought the Lord's eyes—he wanted to look into the eyes of God. Matthew 6:22 (ESV) says, "The eye is the lamp of the body." So, if Noah sought God's eyes, he sought the lamp of God which would illuminate God's diving being. And what did Noah find when he looked into this light? He found favor. He found grace.