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Genesis 6

Two Flood Stories Intertwined: Noah Finds Favor

9 These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, "I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17 For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you. 19 And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them." 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

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Musings

This cartoon is a tribute to Bill Cosby's brilliant comedy story of Noah's call from God to build an ark, with a nod to Morgan Freeman's movie portrayal of God in Bruce Almighty. Clearly Noah was called to do something quite extraordinary and neighbors as well as probably his own family thought he'd gone mad. Noah himself probably wondered as well, as the directions and shear size of an ark would be very hard to build. Granted God's "part" was much more difficult, but being God helps with the big stuff. No doubt Noah was overwhelmed. Of course Noah was selected for his righteousness, but one wonders if that was code for the only one that was crazy enough to do it.


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