Trace the important theme of the Day of the Lord through the Bible. Videos and overviews for every book of the New Testament. He holds an M. A. in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and, if there was such a thing as a card-carrying Bible nerd, he would hold one of those, too. It is a new beginning and a chance to have a different end. The rainbow is God's sign that he will never flood the earth again. So God chose to judge the sins of the people who were sinning. And God said, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man or send a flood to destroy all living things, even though mankind’s heart is evil from childhood.” And God blessed Noah and his family saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth” (Genesis 8:20–22). 'The earth was filled with violence' (v. 11).

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(I think this means they won't pay, because it's God's fault.) So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. There are actually two different motives, which raise some questions about the kind of story the Bible is telling.

[i] Rashi proffers two rabbinic explanations for the destruction of animals: (1) they had “corrupted their way” in their own right; and/or (2) since they were created for the benefit of humans, a world without people would have no need for animals.

Men came together and reasoned: "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves...," (Gen. 11:4). The flood of Noah’s day has many counterparts in history. This is not about occasional evil thoughts, immediately rejected. All of this begs the question: how does Noah’s story further God’s plan of redemption?

Sin and evil were only intensifying.

Part of HuffPost Religion. Is it possible that even these passages could point to a God who has a plan for the redemption of the whole world? [viii] Contrast Genesis 7:1, where Noah is called tzadik ba-dor ha-zeh (righteous in this generation [singular]). The world that the biblical authors are shaping is a world in which it is possible neither for gods to descend to earth in order to commingle with humans, nor for humans to attain divinity by building a “tower with its top in the sky” (Gen. 11:4). bedorotav).” In other words, he had a direct and unadulterated line of descent from Seth (Genesis 5:3), from whom “the world was built up.” [vii] That interpretation has considerable merit: plural forms of dor (generation) occur 51 times in the Bible, always referring to generations past or future and never to contemporaries, unless this verse is the unique exception.[viii]. Discover the bibilcal story through the theme of the temple. God’s response is to set in motion a plan to rescue and bless the whole world through the family of Abraham.

Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. An introduction for how to read the Bible well. Men saw beautiful women and took them for themselves.

(See also, Prov. Questions about Noah's ark: How long did it take Noah to build the ark?

The Flood was also an effective way of cleansing the earth of its sin. Sandy will soon be over, and the cycles of the world will go on. Inordinate pride sets us in the direction of extreme rebellion against God. It is my responsibility to protect my mind, by using the truth of God to protect myself against the assaults of the devil.

Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. While Rashi remarks on it in his Talmud commentary, he does not mention it in his Torah commentary, and the omission seems intentional. Just before the story of the flood begins, we learn that “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) and it grieved God “to his heart” (Genesis 6:6). God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.

Rather, this God took on flesh and died a violent death at the hands of violent men, a death that became the very means he would use to save his enemies and usher in an eternal kingdom of peace.

There is a curious moment in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus talks about a future baptism he must accomplish (Luke 12:50). Explore key biblical words in both Hebrew and Greek. We don't have to know the story's compositional history in order to perceive its intricate senses. What is a covenant? And, "let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus .