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A New Look at an Old Book: Genesis 9-11

I am loving that I can still read this very familiar story and see something that I haven’t seen before! That I can question what never occurred to me before! How timeless the Word of God is in our lives. What a blessing the Scriptures are to me.

The animals will be under our spell...Genesis

Genesis 9

God gives us authority over all other life on the planet. I like the language of the Message here, again. The “animals will fall under our spell and be afraid.” Makes me think of the snake charmer in India! But it also makes me wonder why the animals would need to fear us? Of course, knowing how mankind has abused this privilege it is understandable that animals would have fear, but why at that point? The animals and the last remaining humans had been peacefully coexisting in the confines of a relatively small vessel for little more than six months!

Curiously, this is the first time that God says that we may consume animals for food. Apparently, humanity was strictly vegetarian? But back a couple of chapters, God accepted an offering of meat from Abel. How did Abel know to make that sacrifice and how did he know that God would be pleased with that? Where is the paradigm shift? Additionally, there is no exclusion other than eating meat that is still bloody. Why such a drastic change later?

Purpose: Here we have it. People have asked for it, and here it was the whole time! Our job, our primary responsibility was to fill the earth with our progeny and to live well! Wow! What a tough job. How did we manage to mess that up???

Alright, I know I’m on a question roll, but I can’t help it. There are things that just beg to be asked.  You know the ones, the same questions that non-believers and atheists pose in an attempt to argue the validity of scripture. Noah and his three sons with all their wives (presumably one wife per man) are it as far as human population goes. So in order to populate the planet, that means that cousin will have to marry cousin, but later in Leviticus this is strictly forbidden. How does this work?? If God was so unhappy with the humans He created, why not create other?  Precluding that, I understand that it (intermarriage) is an act of survival necessity, but why is it permitted here and later prohibited? Same as with the food – why the paradigm shift?

Genesis 10

Proof that they were fulfilling their purpose!! LOL

Asking questions is not baaaaad!

Genesis 11

At the risk of making some of you think I’m a complete heretic, I just have to say that reading this makes me question the integrity of the writing here. I don’t mean that to sound as if I do not believe this to be the inspired word of God, but what I mean is that the way this is written it makes God sound, well, needy and insecure. And God is not either of those things. Wow! Genesis is full of difficulty for me! When I’ve read this before, I have always pushed away any questions or observations of contradiction, but I just can’t anymore. Not because I believe that what I’m reading makes God any less, but because I feel protective of Him (as if He needs my protection – pfffft!). I’m definitely going to be pulling out the concordance and the commentaries on these passages. I’m curious to know what others are thinking about these same verses.  Please keep in mind as you read this that I am just documenting what comes to mind as I read.  I am being painfully honest with my questions and do not propose to offer the answers here.  I am curious and seeking to know God more intimately and as such, I have full faith that God will provide the answers that I seek.  If I am having these questions, others must be, too.  I am not content to say “Oh, just believe and don’t question.”  That’s sheep mentality and thinking that I find counterproductive to my goal of understanding my creator.

OK, now wait! Just a few chapters ago, God said He wasn’t going to continue to breathe His life’s breath into humanity and that the number of a man’s days would be 120 years, but here we are again with people living well beyond that time limit! What gives? Here’s my opinion – and take it for what it’s worth (probably not much), but I’m thinking that there are some errors here in the writing. Don’t start warming up the stake, and Hey!  Put down those stones!!!   I know God’s not wrong. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So if God’s not wrong, then someone else is, because this doesn’t gel. But here’s the good news – God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I may not understand, but He does and He delights in my pursuit of Him. I know that He will help me to reconcile what I perceive to be contradictions and and will make my faith stronger as a result! I love that about God!

A New Look at an Old Book: Genesis 4-8

As I read through this section of the scripture, I find that rather than answers I am bombarded with questions. Opportunities to know more about the heart of God because of the things I do not understand. I am thankful that after 32 years in relationship with Him, I am still learning and challenged by the Lord.

Genesis 4:3

Time Passed. So much left unsaid here. What happened during that time?

Why did God not like Cain and his offering? What had transpired to result in such a negative reaction?
Also – I’m troubled by verse 7. This seems counterintuitive to what we know about God. These are the scriptures that are difficult to reconcile with a loving Creator.

Obviously, it was important to Cain and Abel to be pleasing to God. It’s clear from this very brief encounter that the brothers had a personal daily knowledge of God and were well acquainted with him in a way that we cannot understand.

Why does it have to be an “either/or” situation here? Why weren’t both offerings pleasing to God? There is so much here that goes unspoken and causes me difficulty.

Genesis 4:14-15

Is this the precursor to eternal separation from God – or Hell? Cain complains because he will never again face God. Was there any prior knowledge that taking a life would result in this drastic separation? God puts a mark on Cain…what was the mark? How would people know that it was the mark of God?

Genesis 4:26ff

Cain, even though separated from God and banished from His presence, raises his child to be a lover and worshiper of God. Again – so much that goes unsaid.

Genesis 5:3

Adam has a son who is like him in every way. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Adam was God’s first creation and proclaimed Good – but then he was cast out of the garden and made to toil and suffer. Hmmm. I don’t know what to make of that.

Genesis 5:1-32

Why does God spend so much time telling us about the geneology of this people? There is nothing remarkable about their lives other than their names, the age they are when they have children and the age they die. Man, I hope that God has more to say about my life than that!

Genesis 6

This part of the story has always been a little disturbing and seemingly out of place. What is a son of God? I always have heard that it means an angel or a supernatural being (according to the Contemporary English Version of the Bible), but aren’t we also referred to as sons of God? What is the purpose of this brief, seemingly unrelated tidbit of information? This definitely warrants more research!

I think more than anything else in reading this particular selection of scripture, I am moved by the lack of information rather than the content. There is so much here that is left unsaid! Kind of like the 21 years of Jesus’ life that we know nothing about. Makes me wonder what else there is to know. We go from the imagery of God being loving, protective, creative and physically present to Him being filled with regret at the making of humanity! But there’s little to explain the reason for His desire to erase His creation.

Genesis 4:3, Genesis 4:14-15, Genesis 4:26, Genesis 5:1-32, Genesis 6:1-22, Genesis 7:1-24 and Genesis 8:1-22