Genesis 8-11

  • Noah, his family and the animals were in the ark for over a year–went in on 2/10 and came out on 2/27 of the next year.noahs-ark2
  • God promises never again to curse the ground nor kill everything as in the flood. Lesson: God cars about the ground, the earth itself.
  • Man is recommissioned in his leadership over the earth; this command is very similar to Gen 1:28:
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Notice verse 3–although there is some recognition of “clean” animals gathered for entry to the ark (5 instead of 2 for all other animals), this verse is clear: prior to the Law or further clarification which I have not gotten to yet, man is told he may eat ANYTHING. The only prohibition: blood.

  • Gen 10 is “Table of Nations”, very important for understanding the rest of the bible, particularly the OT. Its the “who’s who” key. Note that there are “bad guys” descending from all three brothers, Shem, Ham and Japheth–there’s not one who’s bad and two who are good, for instance. From Shem descends Abraham and from him Ishmael, father of the Arabs and eventually Islam; from Ham we have Canaan, Nimrod and Babel; from Japheth we have Magog, of “Gog and Magog” fame.Babel_Tower_JS
  • “Tar” shows up first in the Bible as mortar for the Tower of Babel in 11:3. In the “law” of first mention, its notable that we see the precursor to oil being used as the ingredient that binds together the construction of a tower demonstrating man’s pride and vanity–it allows us to do the same today and is foundational to our modern world of jet travel, autos, plastics, etc.
  • End of Gen 11: genealogy of Abram. The lifespans continue to get shorter, from 500 years down to 119.
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