In the Ancient Hebrew the word “Grace” (#H2580 ~ Chen) is comprised of two Hebrew letters: CHET with a meaning of a fence or wall that protects and the letter NUN which has a meaning of seed or life. So the literal picture for the word grace is protecting life. On a side note, Noah’s name is NUN CHET...the mirror image of grace. ***
The first time the word grace is used in the scriptures is Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of יהוה .”—See why He did in Genesis 6:9. The story of Noah is an example of how grace works. Western thinking is abstract and we typically define grace as “unmerited favor”. Hebraic thinking is concrete and they might describe grace as “YHWH (God) provides Torah (instructions) for those He favors and what He considers beautiful is protected from the outside world through Yeshua”. (Hebraic grace quote from 119 Ministries). Because Noah found grace with YHWH, he was given the instructions to build an ark that would protect the lives of him and his family (a remnant) from the flood. The ark is a picture of grace, YHWH’s protection...which we can understand as being His Commandments. ***
Just to clarify, I am not saying that we as believers in Yeshua the Messiah are justified by our works that we do. Eternal life is in Yeshua the Son of YHWH, and by believing and trusting in Him and the work, HE has done for us. In doing so, we receive the blessing and protection of YHWH in the form of grace and mercy which is the true meaning of grace.