If The Almighty hadn’t remembered Noah he and his co-travellers would’ve languished in the ark, so he caused a wind to pass over the earth and the waters assuaged.
But it took quite a while before the waters were eventually dried off. Noah had to do some ‘scientific’ probes with a raven and some doves (like we’ve done with a dog, monkey and unmanned crafts into space) before he was finally instructed to leave the ark.
Again, the animals, wild and tamed left the ark without much (or any) incidence recorded, thereafter Noah made an Altar and offered upon it some of the ‘clean’ beasts he had brought with him. It would then appear that taking them in ‘sevens’ over and above the others didn’t turn out to be much of an advantage at the end of the day.
The Almighty was pleased with his offerings (unlike Cains’) and decreed that He ‘will not again curse the ground anymore for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease’.
It would appear that The Creator knew that man could only get worse in expressing the above, or else he’d have had to set ‘destruction’ with the capability of tonnes of nukes in the earth’s core to deal with the cacophony that todays’ human behaviour represents compared to the relative ‘quiet’ present before that ‘Great Deluge’.
The Almighty went further to bless Noah and his sons, saying to them ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth’, a line which today makes it look like childless couples in a marriage aren’t blessed, and may even be thought of in some quarters as actually cursed with verses such as ‘there shall be no barren in the land’, lending cause to such beliefs.
It is no wonder that childless couples are under a lot of pressure especially in very religious areas of the world, as they and people around them begin to consider their predicament more spiritual than physical, leading to situations where a lot of married couples decline to pursue medical help in resolving their issue of childlessness.
Now, I haven’t declared that there isn’t a spiritual dimension to childlessness, nor have I rejected the notion of a spiritual solution to barreness, what I am saying is that in so doing the physical shouldn’t also be overlooked, as there are certain reasons why conception may become harduous and there are many remedies available (though sometimes not necessarily affordable especially in developing countries) that can be procured besides stealing babies, surrogacy and adoption, to turn the unfortunate situation around medically, as long as that condition is within the scope of remediation.
The Chinese and Rastafarians will definitely love the part where The Creator says ‘Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things’. The Chinese with their penchant for being non-discriminatory in the type of animals that make it to their kitchen; even the poisonous ones are ‘de-poisoned’ and then consumed.
The Rastafarians on the other hand have limited the wide range of what constitutes ‘Herb’ to mean only ‘Marijuana’ or ‘Cannabis’ and quote profusely from this scripture to defend their addiction.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the next verse, ‘But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat’, is the basis for their refusal to accept blood transfusion even though I cannot not see how being transfused with blood could amount to EATING blood!
Unfortunately, many lives have been lost due to the upholding of this belief amongst the members of this sect. Definitely, no one can force an adult to procure any particular medical intervention if he/she does not so desire, but I do not think that children who’s ability to make such decisions are diminished should have to live or risk their lives in abiding by the way their parents have chosen for them without the intervention of the state.
The Jehovah’s Witness lobby has done quite a lot in terms of raising awareness for the use of substitutes but are those convenient for all intents and purposes?
The Almighty then goes on further to state that, ‘…I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth’, and that leaves me wondering about that ‘2012’ movie. Yeah, the flooding and Tsunami followed a major climato-geological event in that movie, and in real life those days passed quietly without as much as rain (from where I stood though) making much of that Mayan prophesy (like many others before it) a farce!
According to the Bible, the ‘Rainbow’ is the seal to the effect that the world will not be destroyed by reason of a great flood. The scientists explain that phenomena differently and erm…I do not intend to go into that now.
So, the family of Noah land safe and sound and one of the most controversial stories is about to be unveiled.
Stay with me as I gather my thoughts towards the third instalment of BIBLE STORIES.
Genesis Chapter 8 (KJV)