Monday, June 21, 2010

Genesis 6

Genesis Chapter 6

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And we come across polygamy. 

Why is it that the sons are of God and the daughters are merely of men?  God really plays favorites in the bible.  How do modern women deal with these constant reminders of God's patriarchal preferences? 
3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Why cut back from 900?

4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.

Some Christians will argue that the word "giants" is not used in the manner that we would use it now.  I quick search though has shown that there are Christians that do in fact take it to mean physical giants.

5And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.
6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

God regrets his creation and resolves to destroy it.  This doesn't seem to point in the direction of omniscience.  
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9These [are] the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, [and] Noah walked with God.

I am talking the "walked with God" as metaphorical for following God.  I do wonder whether evangelicals decipher it in this way or if they think of it as a physical constitutional. 

10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it.

Pretty specific building instructions.  Why doesn't God present him with the ark?  Why force him to build it.  He shows Noah his preference and warns him, why not help him a little more?  
17And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die.
18But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
19And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every [sort] shall come unto thee, to keep [them] alive.

So basically everything is going to be inbred again.  Why is God going through all this trouble?  If he wants to destroy creation and try again, why not just smite everything and be done with it.  If he regrets the violence being done by things of flesh, shouldn't he start over and do a better job?

21And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather [it] to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

I was hoping that there would be some kind of timeline here to see test out the ages from the last chapter of Genesis.  Perhaps next time.

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