Wednesday January 11, 2011, 10:51pm
I read Genesis 9 and 10. 10 is a list of genealogies. There wasn’t much to it. Here’s from nine.
- o One of Noah’s sons (Ham) saw his nakedness (it seemed accidental) while he was drunk and then he cursed Ham’s son (!). Seriously? How does that work?
- o God put the rainbow in the clouds a sign. It doesn’t say there were never any rainbows before then. Were there?
- o In 9:6, God says that whoever sheds the blood of man will have his blood shed by man. This sounds like Jesus’ “He who lives the sword shall die by the sword”. Another thing they have in common is being wrong (am I being presumptuous?) because not everyone who kills a human being is killed by a human being. (Perhaps, though, it is a statement of the way things should be rather than the way they actually are. Sort of like the command given to the Israelites to kill anyone who murders another person. Maybe.)
And for my observations:
- o In Genesis 9, God makes a covenant, not just with Noah and his family, but with the animals too.
- o But don’t start thinking that God believes in animal rights because a few verses previously, God gave Noah and his family the right to eat the animals, something, I presume, they had previously not had.
- o God says he will demand an accounting from every animal (9:5) (about what, I wonder. And does this make the animals conscious?)
- o I see a conscious use of poetry in recording God’s speech. Is this from an oral tradition that preserved these words before they were written down or did God really speak like that? Or is it both? Here is the poem in question:
Whoever sheds the blood of man,
By man shall his blood be shed;
For in the image of God
Has God made man. (Genesis 9:6)
Next, we read about the tower of Babel (Yay!!!) and Abraham’s genealogy.