Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Fixing a Broken World

Human evil grieves God's heart. God is not peering down on the planet making observations like a dispassionate astronaut. Neither is He watching us like a man sitting on a sofa watching a football game.

The Door in the Ark

During the decades that Noah built the ark and preached repentance, anyone could have entered the ark. Even after the rains first began to fall, the people still had time to enter through the door and find salvation in the ark.

One Language

Legend says that when God spoke the Torah at Mount Sinai, He spoke it in the seventy languages of mankind so that all humanity might hear and understand the summons. The Bible says that when He gave the Spirit at Pentecost, the Gospel was given utterance in all languages.

Noah, Noah, and Messiah

Noah has a lot in common with the Messiah. The Torah's story of Noah and the flood illustrates the human condition, man’s sin, God's reaction, the horror of divine judgment, and the need for salvation. Noah was the savior of the world. In the days of Noah, the Almighty held a terrible, universal judgment over the world.

Left Behind

A husband and wife will be in the same bed. One will be taken, the other left behind. Two men will be at work together in the same field. One will be taken the other left behind. Christians today often interpret these words to mean that when Jesus comes, the one taken will be whisked away to meet Him in the sky.


Noah the Righteous Man

Noah demonstrated his faith in the unseen by obediently building the ark. His obedience demonstrated that he possessed the fear of the LORD: “In reverence [he] prepared an ark.” His reverent obedience manifested his assurance of things hoped for and his conviction of things not seen. “Faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected” (James 2:22).

The Righteous Cannibal

When compared with the standards of our present generation, we might feel fairly righteous. We can always find people far worse than ourselves. A man might say, "I'm not a murderer. I provide for my kids. I don't rob convenience stores, and I don't cheat on my wife." According to the standards of our generation, he seems to be a decent fellow. That's not a good way to measure righteousness, though. Suppose we lived in a society of cannibals, where it was considered normal to cannibalize other human beings. The same fellow might say, "Well, I enjoy eating people, but at least I don't cheat on my wife."