This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:9-10)
The reason that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord was because of what is stated here. While the rest of mankind was ignoring the authority of the Almighty and indulging in wickedness, Noah remained faithful to what he knew to be true. The Hebrew term for “just man” is צדיק tzadik which literally means, “righteous” — he did what was right in the eyes of God.
The Hebrew term translated as “perfect” is תמים tammim and means, “whole, complete” and is also rendered elsewhere in Scripture as “without blemish.” Thus Noah serves as an example of the bride of Messiah in that he did not allow himself to become tainted with the world in which he lived. It is not to say that he was perfect in that he was without sin but it is to say that he purposed to do what was pleasing to God.
We are told that the Messiah “gave Himself” for the church — not because we were already perfect but:
“That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27)
I am convinced that we are living in the days of Noah and, therefore, we are called upon to do what is right in the eyes of God and to be “perfect” — without spot or blemish. Our Bridegroom is counting on it.
Blessings and Shalom,