6:1-4 Hold up. WHAT?!?! Giants in the land? Union between the sons of God and the daughters of men. Ummm??? I feel like I’m reading some sci-fi novel not the Bible. Sure I’ve read it before, but I guess I just by passed it.
So when I think about it though I know in Job it refers to angels as the “sons of God” because I’ve been reading over there too at the moment. But I also know that in the Bible the children of God are referred to as “sons of God” but is that a New Testament term only? So were they fallen angels (which when you start to think of angels willingly leaving the presence of God it’s just kind of mind blowing) or were they men who worshiped God and were carried away by their lust?
6:3 God decides that He doesn’t want to breathe life into people for 800-900 years and that the average life span for man will now be 120. I guess we’ve lost a couple of decades since then.
6:4 Giants in the land… which comes from the unions occurring in verse 1. This seems like it would make more sense that it was a union between women and angels but that still just seems crazy.
6:5 “God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil-evil, evil, evil from morning to night.” Sounds familiar, kind of like humanity as we know it right now. In this case it causes God to regret making man and deciding to start over. But why did He rework all of creation and not just people, after all weren’t humans the ones that sinned? Then again I guess the ground was cursed because of people so I guess it had pervaded all of creation.
6:8 “But Noah was different.” I like this part. Noah stood out. He caused God to pause. Though it is striking that of everyone alive it seems Noah was the only one that caught God’s attention as a good man. What made Noah so different?
6:9 Noah was a good man, a man of integrity and “walked with God”. Again we see this phrasing. What does it mean to “walk with God”?
6:14-21 Noah had some serious trust and faith in God. Did he look at God and say, “I’m sorry. A what? What’s a ship? How do I build it? What’s a flood?” You know those sort of questions. Did it seem preposterous to Noah? Yet he did it anyway. And how do you gather enough food for your family and all the animals for an unknown amount of time? Proof that walking with God has always been a crazy journey.
7:1 “out of everyone in this generation, you’re the righteous one”. Wonder how that made Noah feel. What about his family?
7:16 God shut the door to the ark. Gives new meaning to God opening and closing doors.
An ark. 40 days and 40 nights. A sampling of everything that has breath on this ship. What did they do with all the poop? Did they make nose plugs, cause the smell had to have been horrid. Not to mention all the noise. And what about animals that are usually enemies, were they under some kind of heavenly trance to keep them peaceful?
7:24 150 days the floodwaters took over the earth… that’s like almost half a year… in a boat… with a bunch of animals… and your family…
So actually it was after 150 that “the worst was over”… they still ain’t off the boat. So I always thought it was 40 days and 40 nights, but I guess that just accounted for the rain and flooding, not the dying process or the water receding process which obviously took longer than 40 days.
7:11 “It was the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month that it happened”
8;13-14 “In the six-hundred-first year of Noah’s life, on the first day of the first month, the flood had dried up. Noah opened the hatch of the ship and saw dry ground.By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the Earth was completely dry.”
Sooo all in all they were on the ark a year and 10 days???!!!!!
8:20-22 They finally get off the ark. Can you imagine the joy!! Noah builds an altar to God and brings an offering and I can imagine that he also brought a prayer to never make him step foot on that boat ever again! God promises to never do that again… yayy!