Parashat Noach, Repentance, Forgiveness, Justice and Righteousness.

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Noach (Bereshit / Genesis 6:9-11:32) the Lord saw all of the wickedness on the face of the earth from mankind (וַיַּרְא יְהֹוָה כִּי רַבָּה רָעַת הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וְכָל-יֵצֶר מַחְשְׁבֹת לִבּוֹ רַק רַע כָּל-הַיּוֹם: ו   וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהֹוָה כִּי-עָשָֹה אֶת-הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וַיִּתְעַצֵּב אֶל-לִבּוֹ) and that the heart of man was consistently focused upon evil (Bereshit 6:9).  It grieved the Lord that He had made man, the Targum Onkelos (Bereshit 6:10) says that it grieved the Lord God in His the Memra (בְּמֵימְרֵיהּ, Word) that He had made man (וְתַב יְיָ בְּמֵימְרֵיהּ אֲרֵי עֲבַד יַת אָדָם בְּאַרְעָא וַאֲמַר בְּמֵימְרֵיהּ לְמִתְבַּר תּוּקְפֵיהוֹן כִּרְעוּתֵיהּ).  As a result, the Lord was going to bring a great flood to destroy all life having breath from the face of the earth.  God instructs Noach to build an ark and then Noach, his family, two of every unclean animal, and 7 pairs of every clean animal enter into the ark.  Following the flood and the waters receding, God instructs Noach that it is ok to leave the ark.  In Bereshit / Genesis 9:11 God says וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם I establish my covenant with you,” the Lord declares that He will establish His covenant and places His bow as a reminder of the covenant that He has made to not destroy the earth by water (flood) אֶת-קַשְׁתִּי נָתַתִּי בֶּעָנָן וְהָיְתָה לְאוֹת בְּרִית בֵּינִי וּבֵין הָאָרֶץ as long as the earth stands and the seasons come in their time.  Based on this text, the Lord makes a covenant with the earth and places the rainbow as a sign of the covenant.  On seeing the rainbow, the Lord will remember the covenant that He made with us and all life on the earth (וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל-נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל-בָּשָֹר וְלֹא-יִהְיֶה עוֹד הַמַּיִם לְמַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל-בָּשָֹר).  Note that God “remembers” on seeing the rainbow.  Life can be so intense sometimes that we forget the hope that we have that comes as a result of our faith and faithfulness to God.  Like God, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that mighty and awesome is our God, He has a plan for us and He (God) has remained faithful to us throughout the ages in the covenant He made in His Son Yeshua the Messiah. Read More here.

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!