Genesis 9:29

Posted on September 30, 2009

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Genesis 9:29

Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died.

I know…I'm backtracking.

But I just remembered one of the things that made me want to do this whole thing in the first place.

The story of  Noah and the Ark.

And I just realized that I had moved on past Noah without mentioning the flood.

And so here we go…

As Christians, especially Christians who buy storybooks for our children, we love (most of) the story of Noah. We love Noah hearing God and Noah building the ark and the animals lining up two by two and the rain coming down and the dove and the rainbow and the happy ending.

The problem, at least for me right now, is that we miss the middle part of the story. As in the gigantic flood that covered the earth and all the stuff that happened as a result of the flood.

As in everyone on earth except Noah and his posse and his zoo dying.

And not just dying, but dying a horrible death. Because as the rains came down (and the floods came up) I imagine that people began to move up the hills and mountains to get away from the water. And people and animals got swept away and as the water rose and rose and rose and rose the ark gently rocked while multitudes (now THAT is a Bible word) were dying.

I imagine it as like the scene in Titanic, except with out the iceberg and Leonardo DiCaprio looking like Mr. Freeze. Bloated bodies everywhere, people screaming out for help, and inside the USS Noah they were eating S'mores and keeping the tigers away from the gazelles.

But none of the dying and tragedy and heartache (of man and God) is evident in the Noah and the Ark stories we read. I am not implying that these things would be appropriate for children because they are not.  I just think that the storybook version of Noah and the Ark is a fitting metaphor for how we (I) tend to see God and faith.

Shine up all the pretty parts, leave behind all the messy parts, and add some pretty pictures to make us smile.

My point is that we, read ME, tend to take away parts of the Bible that make me nervous, or uncertain, or anxious, or questioning, or anything other than white picket fence faith, and so I thought it was time to try and look at it all together. Give it some context as it were.

And now back to our regularly scheduled chapter 10.


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