While reading through the Book of Exodus, I came across the two words, “Found Grace”. And it got my attention, and I start thinking about those two words.
And then according to the Bible, Noah was the first person to find grace in the sight of God in the Bible according to Genesis 6:8.
But before we dive into the 18 verses where found grace is in the Bible, let’s look at the subject of Grace.
What is Grace According to the Bible?
The Bible uses several terms to describe grace, such as Charis in Greek and Chen in Hebrew.
Grace is first mentioned in Genesis 6:8, where God shows favor to Noah and his family by saving them from the flood.
Now, in the New Testament, grace is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is described as full of grace and truth (John 1:14). And, through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus offers salvation and forgiveness to all who believe in him, regardless of their past or present sins. Grace is thus a free and unmerited gift of God, which cannot be earned or bought, but only received by faith.
FOUND GRACE VERSES IN THE BIBLE
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Genesis 33:10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
Genesis 39:4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
Genesis 47:29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
Genesis 50:4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
Exodus 33:12 ¶ And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
Exodus 33:13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
Exodus 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
Exodus 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
Numbers 32:5 Wherefore, said they, if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given unto thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.
Judges 6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
Ruth 2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
1 Samuel 20:3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.
1 Samuel 27:5 ¶ And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
2 Samuel 14:22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
Conclusion on Found Grace
Grace is not just a theological doctrine or a historical event, but a personal and transformative experience for Christians.
Moreover, Grace is the basis of a believer’s relationship with God, who is not a distant judge or a harsh master, but a loving father who wants to adopt them into his family. Grace also enables Christians to live a life of gratitude, humility, and generosity, as they realize that everything they have and are is due to God’s grace, and not their own merits.
Therefore, Grace also empowers Christians to overcome sin and temptation, as they trust in God’s power and wisdom, rather than their own. Grace is thus not a license to sin, but a motivation to do good works and bear fruit that glorifies God.