The Search for Understanding - Week 5
Adam dies at the age of 930 - Genesis 5:5, which is confusing because I thoughy he was supposed to die when he ate the forbidden fruit Genesis 2:17. Now recently I had this explained that God didn’t mean physical death but spiritual death instead. Which is a very interesting take, but still confusing seeing as God continues to commune with Adam and Eve after they leave the garden.
Adam - Seth - Enos - Cainan - Mahalaleel - Jared - Enoch - Methuselah - Lamech - Noah - Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Confusion here because Cain also son of Adam had a son named Enoch (he even built a city for him) and later there was a man named Lamech… Genesis 4
Adam - Cain - Enoch - Irad - Mehujael - Methusael - Lamech. Having the same names is confusing. Lamech was a strange man… but how do you know if I am talking about Noah’s father?
Moving beyond that confusion. Genesis 5:24 KJV says “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” however NIV says “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away”... so he didn’t die?? I am confused by this?
Noah was five hundred years old when he begat Shem, Ham, and Japneth - my understanding of this is that they happened all within the same year? Does that mean they are from different mothers?? Or twins??
This is a small one, but Genesis 6 is long and will take a bit!
The sons of God?? Who is this referring too?
Skeptics Annotated says
“There seems to be no good answer to this. Most believers say the "sons of God" are angels, and that these angels came down from heaven and had sex with women. But Christian Identity adherents say the "sons of God" were Adamic white men who were seduced by pre-Adamic non-white women. This race mixing event was what caused God to send the flood of Noah.”
This brings us full circle back to Chapter 4 and Pre-Adamite. Wiki has a good read on the subject.
I find it so interesting how God shortens mans live-span to 120 years!! We definitely don’t make it to that age now, very often. I wonder if that’s because he shortened it again or we are just that crappy at taking care of ourselves!! LOL. I find it interesting that while the live-span was shorten, Noah still managed to live to 950 years (Genesis 9:29) as did his son Shem, 600 years (Genesis 11:10-11). But that’s jumping ahead!
God repents in Genesis 6:6, this is a weird concept to me. If he repents, who does he do that too?? I know this is jumping around a bit but in Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not.” meaning he doesn’t repent, but then you have him weary of repenting in Jeremiah 15:6.
The begin of what was the end for me last time I started this project - The Flood. In Genesis 6:9 we have God declaring that Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. As such he was chosen to carry on the world after the flooding. The ark wood, and measurements are described in verses 14-16. There are many good articles on the issues with the measurements given here and their impossibility. My favorite is this Google Chat. The weight of the boat alone is impossible, the article explains the weight of the food, animals, and Noah’s family - for one year. It’s a good read.
The article brings up a theory I didn’t know, referring to a book written by Creationist John Woodmorappe about there only being one kind of animal - like one kind of Cat-like creature and all Cats we have today are descendants from then.
Genesis 6:19 say 2 of every sort of living flesh Genesis 6:20 also supports 2 of all fowls, cattle, creeping thing.
Genesis 6 does not offer a conclusion to the flooding.