The Search for Understanding - Week 6

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Genesis 7

So yesterday we ended off with Noah needing - 2 of every sort of living flesh (Genesis 6:19) and 2 of all fowls, cattle, creeping thing (Genesis 6:20). Things change in Genesis 7 and not for the better of the poor over-weighted boat.

Genesis 7:2 - 7 clean beasts, the male and his female - 7 is an odd number you would have one outed by the other couples… The unclean beasts are only two. Genesis 7:2 - 7 fowls, also male and the female.

I would greatly like to know what the definition at the time of a clean beast and an unclean beast was. Also why would you bring serpents after they caused the first sin???

You get a little further though to when the real floods are starting and Genesis 7:9 and 15 has us back at 2 by 2.

It’s interesting at this point to refer to what I was taught. I was taught:

The animals came 2 by 2, commanded by God, Noah did not have to look for them. They just came, perfectly 2 by 2.

The animals did not have to eat because God put them in a hibernation type sleep for the duration of the trip. So no food had to be brought along, there was no waste and no fighting among the animals because they were asleep.

The flooding lasted 40 days and 40 nights but took 150 days to dissipate back into the earth before Noah could go out.

There is absolutely no evidence of any of this within the bible. It is all speculation. The 150 days sorta makes sense when you read Genesis 7:24. We were at the zoo the other day and sitting in front of the bears was a Zookeeper tell us about her bears. She explained how their urine track worked for hibernation, among many other interesting facts. But they were all things you don’t see in other animals because their bodies aren’t designed for it.

God drowned it all. That’s the part that gets me. He killed thousands of children, hundreds would still have been babies and unable to talk, how is it fair for them to be killed? And the animals? What did they ever do to him? They didn’t sin or corrupt the world! I kind understand getting frustrated with the human race, we are kinda dumb sometimes. But animals are God’s creations too and he barely made an effort to save them.

I talked yesterday about how the flood was the end for me last time I started this project. We still have a few chapters to go, before the flood is over!

 

Genesis 8

Diving right in Genesis 8:3 after the end of the hundred and fifty days… instead of 40 days and 40 nights in Genesis 7:12. Though you do have two verses supporting the 150 days (also see Genesis 7:24). The Ark floated for seven months then arrived on the top of Ararat mountains, in one verse and 10 months the tops of the mountains were seen (Genesis 8:4 and 8:5). WHY is it different within two lines of each other?

It feels like we are reading two separate accounts that have been inter-woven. If we could read them each on their own like we did for the Creation Story (Genesis 1 and 2) it would make this so much easier and less confusing.

The basics of the flood was God saw corruption and destroyed everything, plant life included. So it is confusing as to why the dove returns with an Olive Leaf. I researched “How long does an Olive Tree take to grow”, as in reach adulthood. Most articles said between 7 and 35 years, but I did see one with an age as low as 3. So does the bible have it’s time lines weird and 7 days is actually 7 years? Besides that how did the tree grow if God destroyed all the plants?

So Noah finally gets off the boat and he builds an alter. Taking one of every clean beast and clean fowl - that explains the need for 7. Though I am curious about the doves? Are they considered clean or unclean? Because he sends one out in vs 12 and it does come back, leaving them at an even number until the sacrifice.

I am also very sadly reminded that God does not like fruit for his offerings.

EDIT: Brick Testament - after the flood

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