Saturday, June 7, 2014

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord

The concept of grace is like a multi-faceted jewelEach 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 graceEach 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 favorMany 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 6:8King 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 GodMatthew 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 beingAnd what did Noah find when he looked into this lightHe found favorHe found grace.   
           Remember this:  Grace is in God, and it always has and will always be thereIsaiah 40: 28 ESV says, "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.We will never understand the full depth and breadth and height of God's grace, but we do know where to look to find itWe need to look into the eyes of the Lord.