October 4

Genesis 8

Most of this chapter is Noah waiting for the flood waters to subside. He sends out birds to see if there is land to walk on (add animal trainer to the resume along with space organizer).

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. – Genesis 8:11

God’s flood killed every living thing. Apparently olive trees aren’t actually alive. Noah waits for God’s signal and exits the ark.

And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. – Genesis 8:20

That’s right. He kept them alive to kill and burn them. And that pleased God.

And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. – Genesis 8:21

God says, “My bad, I forgot that I made you evil from the beginning. That was totally uncool. I won’t do that again.” Or at least not until the book of Revelation. But I’m afraid you’ll have a while to wait before we get to that.

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Posted October 4, 2014 by Michael in category "Genesis