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The Promise of a Rainbow🌈

Short Story #28

“Papa!”

“Papa, come quick!”

At the urgency in the voices of his twin toddlers, Ray immediately stopped icing the black coffee vanilla cupcakes and rushed over to them in the playpen that was positioned by the window. They were directing his gaze outside of the window with frantic pointing and worried chubby faces.

“Something wrong with the sky!” the twins echo in unison as they point out the window. “Look, Papa!”

Ray looked and smiled. “Nothing’s wrong with the sky, mes amours. It’s only a rainbow.”

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The twins scrunched their adorable little faces at their ever-patient father.

Ray heartily laughs.

Marcus playfully nudged his sister-in-law. “I bet you a box of the finest Belgian chocolates that he’s going to give the babies a scientific explanation. Ça te dit?

Diana looked at Marcus and then at her husband who was gathering the twins in his arms. “He’s going to tell them a story, but you’re on!”

“A rainbow is a multicolored arc in the sky. It’s one of creation’s most splendid masterpieces all thanks to God.” Ray explained to the babies. “See, people were very wicked and refused to obey God; it displeased Him. However, one man found grace in God’s eyes: Noah. Had it not been for him, the world probably wouldn’t have existed today.”

Ashley tilts her head sideways to look at her father. “Vraiment?”

“Vraiment,” Ray clarifies. “After Noah followed God’s instructions in building an ark, a great flood came and cleansed the earth removing evil-minded mankind. After Noah and family left the ark, a multi-colored curved bow appeared in the sky symbolizing God’s covenant He made with Noah as He promised to never destroy the world in such a way again.

“It’s a beautiful promise. How many colors do you see?”

As Ray occupied the babies, Diana turns to a smiling Marcus. “I know you got lost in the story, but you owe me a box of the finest Belgian chocolate known to man.”

The smile quickly morphed into a sourish scowl. “Ray, couldn’t you have given the babies a scientific explanation and leave it at that?” Marcus picks up one of his twin’s signature cupcake and starts walking away. “Now I owe your wife chocolates! Chocolates, Ray! C’est ouf!”

Ray’s infectious laughter fill the room causing his wife to join in.

French terms used:

* mes amours – my loves

* Ça te dit – up for it?

* vraiment – really

* C’est ouf – it’s crazy

All grammatical errors are mine.

Inspired scripture: 

Three places to study the meaning of a rainbow or what some of the colors may symbolize are found in Genesis, Ezekiel, and Revelation.

On another note, I’ll be sharing more stories, trains of thoughts, ideas, really short stories, etc. in the near future. I may post a lot of stories on Tuesdays. Most, if not all of the stories are Biblically-based and I want to start incorporating French in many of them.

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Bible Study

Genesis part VIII: Language confusion and Abram’s blessing

In case you missed it:

PART 7: Noah’s Generation, a geographic history lesson

Part 6: Noah leaves the ark and God blesses him

Part 5: The wickedness of the world and the Great Flood

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Studying the Bible has never been more fun! I do not claim to be a Bible scholar hence why I do in-depth research into every event I come across for simply reading does not satisfy me. I do not know everything and will never claim to. Whatever God has revealed to me through the Holy Spirit, I share. One must never be afraid to discuss His Word and even if we’re wrong, well, we can always learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ who are well acquainted with the Word. Amen?

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The tower of Babel

Scripture in focus: Genesis 11

Many, many years passed after the Great Flood and there were many people populating the earth thanks to Noah’s sons (Genesis 10). In 11:1, we read that ‘the whole earth was of ONE language and one speech’. We do not know what point of history this is for the Bible does not say, although some scholars and preachers estimated it to be 700 years after the Great Flood. 

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God’s plan was for the human race to populate the earth (9:7), but someone named Nimrod had other plans as we’ll see shortly. Shinar (11:2) was in the region of Babylon. In 11:3 we read about the settled people of Shinar making bricks. Do note that they did not have stone or mortar. They baked the bricks thoroughly to build a neverending tower (11:4). See, Nimrod wanted to keep the people together in one place instead of obeying God and the people apparently feared Nimrod more than God for he was a mighty hunter of animals and man. Nimrod probably didn’t even have to show himself; just the mere mention of his name had knees buckling in fear. 

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Human pride comes into the display when the people start relying on themselves rather than God when they say “let us” (11:4). “Let us build us a city and a tower”: here it shows the true intentions of their hearts. The bricks they baked in 11:3 is waterproof (Much later, we’ll see that Moses’ mother used the same materials in waterproofing his basket in Exodus 2:3) so they were actually building a waterproof tower to protect themselves from a future flood showing that they did not trust God and His promise to never flood the earth again. Their statement of self (“let us”) couldn’t have been any clearer. They turned their backs against God when they expressed that statement. 

Focusing a bit on the tower “whose top may reach unto heaven”, I don’t think that they literally wanted to build a tower to reach into heaven for that would’ve been impossible. Imagine how many years and generations that would’ve taken! 

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Occult and astrological practices originated in Babel. I read that Shinar was sea level so it wouldn’t have made sense to build that kind of tower in the plain of Shinar. The Greek historian Herodotus (b. 485 BC) confirmed its existence in his time, but I’ll save the tower for a later exploration topic. Back to 11:4, the people wanted to make a name for themselves. They defied God’s command in hopes of making a name for themselves; they wanted fame and honor for themselves. God called them “the children of men” for they were not followers of the spirit, but the flesh. He came down to get a closer look at the tower. Speaking the same language made it easier for the people to work together in one accord as a team. Their hearts were set on doing evil and they were already worshipping false gods. 

God made the people stop building the tower by suddenly making them speak in different languages/tongues (11:7). This pales in contrast with the day of Pentecost when everyone heard the message of God in their own language.

They couldn’t understand each other anymore and the confusion caused them to scatter (11:8). One of the important lesson learned is that God’s purposes will always be implemented despite man’s best well-laid plans. Whether we like it or not, man will eventually do God’s will. And this is how many nations, peoples, and languages came about (11:9). The city is named ‘Babel’ which comes from a Hebrew word meaning to confound/confuse.

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There is a break as we take up Shem’s ancestry from 11: 10-25 from Shem to Terah, the father of Abram. This is the line from which the true Messiah sprung. Shem is 100 years when he becomes a father to Arphaxad two years after the flood (11: 10-11). I’ve noticed that children were born to men in their ‘old age’ in the early period, but Arphaxad was the first on record showing that he had a son (Salah) born to him early at only 35 years (11:13). I’ve also taken note of man’s lifespan decreasing a little in the days of Peleg (11:19). Nahor (11:23) means “snoring”. He was the son of Serug, the father of Terah and grand-father of Abram. Abram also had a brother named Nahor (11:26). 

11:26-28 records the family of Terah in Ur of the Chaldeans (Babylon). Abram means “Exalted father”. This shows that he was the progenitor of God’s chosen people. Later on, his name changes to Abraham (17:5) meaning “Father of a great multitude”. His father, Terah was an idol worshipper and Abram might have been one too (Joshua 24:2). Most people relocated to Ur in Sumer, southern Mesopotamia after the Flood. It was a stunning city and the richest in Sumer and it was here that Abram’s family lived at the time (11:28) including his nephew Lot.

11:29-30 records the family of Abram and his brother Nahor. The brothers took them wives: Abram married Sarai and Nahor married Milcah (11:29). Milcah was the grandmother of Rekebah who later married Issac. It’s kind of ironic that Abram’s name means ‘Exalted Father’ while his wife Sarai was barren (11:30). Terah took his little family and went from Ur to dwell in Haran (11:31). Haran was a Sumerian city and we’ll see it pop up several times during our study of Genesis. With Terah’s death (11:32), Abram will be responsible for the family. 

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The promise of Christ

Scripture in focus: Genesis 12

We now turn our focus to Abram. Where chapter 11 was about man’s plans, the 12th chapter focuses on God’s plans.

12:1-3 talks of God’s previous covenant with Abram. This promise was made to Abram before he left Ur of the Chaldeans (Acts 7:2-4). He was supposed to leave his family and go where God directed him, instead, he took his father Terah as far as Haran although he was supposed to go alone. I love how the meaning of names in the Bible is synonymous with events. Terah means “delay” and Haran means “barren”. We shouldn’t delay in obeying God for it can lead us to experience barrenness such as never before. 

But Abraham grew in faith and obedience after his father’s death as we’ll soon see.

The Lord does not tell Abram where to go. Instead, He tells him to go ‘unto a land that I will shew thee’ (12:1). This requires faith. God makes 3 promises to him in 12:2: He will make Abram a great nation (Israel), He will bless him and He will make Abram’s name great. How can one say no to such beautiful promises and blessings?

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And Abram certainly was a blessing (Galatians 3:29) for this blessing was also for the families of the earth who were faithful as Abram (12:3). Abram did as he was told and departed from Haran at the age of 75 years (12:4). He took his wife and nephew and they came into the land of Canaan (12:5). Abram arrives in Canaan (12:6). Once Abram was in the land, the Lord appeared unto him (12:7) and he built an altar unto the Lord. Whenever the Lord appears unto someone they’ll build an altar. Noah built the first altar (8:20) to make a sacrifice unto the Lord, but the altar Abram built was significant for it was a place not only to sacrifice for sin, but to also meet with God, and it was the first true place of worship ever erected in the Promised Land (bible-studys.org). 

Abram was a tent-dweller (12:8). He lived as if his dwelling place was not here on earth, but in heaven, and we can also take pattern from him for our home is not of this world (Hebrews 13:14). He didn’t stay long in Beth-el (house of God) as he continued his journey toward the south (12:9). He was then tested by a famine (12:10) and he went down to Egypt where food was always in abundance. He made Sarai lie about being his wife for she was a “fair woman” (12:11). Yes, she was still attractive to behold in the eyes of men especially the godhead of Egypt, the Pharoah. Legend said that she was more beautiful than Eve. 12:12-13 shows that Abram took it upon himself to take care of his future instead of relying on God. That’s why he came away from Egypt with excess baggage in the name of Hagar the Egyptian handmaiden who made Sarai envious of her fertility. Had they trusted in God to take care of them, they probably wouldn’t have ended up in the pagan land of Egypt.

Fearing for his death (12:12), he tells Sarai to say that she is his sister (12:13). Which is actually half-truth for she was actually his half-sister (20:12). He chose to deceive the Egyptians – he was fearful of death which is understandable – instead of trusting in God. Not once, but twice Abram attempted to pass Sarai off as his sister as we’ll see later on in our study. The Egyptians are quickly taken with Sarai’s beauty (12:14) and she is taken to Pharoah’s harem (12:15). I bet the Pharoah was smug about having such a beautiful woman in his harem!

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Meanwhile, Abram was being rewarded handsomely as her brother by receiving extravagant gifts (12:16). Every time I read this verse, I wonder how long Abraham thought he was going to get away with this little cunning trick. How could he even stand the Pharoah looking at his wife as if she was the best thing in existence while he looked on from a distance? 

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And when the famine was over and he was going to leave, would he have approached the Pharoah’s throne and be like, “Oh, Pharoah, thanks for the extravagant gifts, but I’ll be on my way now and that woman you’re intending to make your wife belongs to me. Yeah, that’s right, she’s my wife.” The Pharoah is god incarnate whose word was law. How was he going to walk out of Egypt with Sarai by his side had it not been for God who was very displeased with his deceit (12:17) although He continued to protect, bless and be by his side? He did not even call back His promise for He is not a God of lies. By acting in such, Abram unwittingly exposed the Egyptians and his wife to sin.

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The plagues started when Sarai moved in (12:17) and the Pharoah was quick to realize the reason why. He rebuked Abram and sends him out of his country (12:18-20). The Bible did not elaborate on what kind of plague it was but showed that it was serious. A pagan king had to rebuke Abram showing him that if he told the truth from the beginning all would’ve been okay. Pharoah made sure that Abram was protected while leaving the country and he did not take any gifts back from him (12:20). I guess he would’ve called it tainted stuff and he didn’t want to incur the wrath of God. I like how these men who think they’re god knows that a Higher Force exists and only acknowledge Him in times of desperation. 

Despite the fears we may face, always depend on God to take us through. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ Please note that the Bible was not written in chronological order so pray earnestly before you read and study the written Word. 

^ ‘Babel’ is the same word for the kingdom of Babylon.

^ Despite spending a third of its text on Abraham, Genesis covers more than 2000 years and more than 20 generations. The first 11 chapters deal with the history of the human race and the last 39 chapters with the family of Abram. 

^ Khufu (2589-2566 BC) aka Cheops to the Greeks is said to be the Pharoah when Abraham visited Egypt based on a revised chronology. Khufu was the 4th Dynasty (2613-2498) and is credited as the Pharoah who commissioned the Great Pyramid of Giza. He was married to Queen Meritites and Queen Henutsen and he had nine sons and fifteen daughters.

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REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible 

* biblestudys.org

* blueletterbible.org

*** Images and GIFs via Google Search

Bible Study

Genesis part VII: Noah’s generation, a geographic history lesson

In case you missed it:

Part 6: Noah leaves the ark and God blesses him

Part 5: The wickedness of the world and the Great Flood

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

I am at my happiest when I search the scriptures and ask God to deepen my understanding of His Word by not only opening my mind and ears but most importantly, my heart. I love You, God and I’ll never be ashamed to always say so! 💙

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The generations of Noah 

Scripture in focus: Genesis 10

When I first started to read the Bible, I’ll gloss over the ‘generation/genealogy’ chapters without thinking twice. It’s when I started to really study His Word, I realized that I was wrong to do so for the names were also important. Read 10:1. What are the keywords? If you say “sons of Noah” you’re right. “Sons of Noah” are all the people who descended from Noah’s 3 sons after the Flood (Cross Reference Acts 17:26) as there are no recorded births while they were in the ark.

Noah had 3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. You’ll notice that whenever the names of Noah’s sons are recorded, Shem is always mentioned first (9:18; 10:2, 21) despite being the second-born. That’s because the Bible often list people according to prominence rather than age and Noah had blessed Shem above his brothers. Let’s look at the oldest son, Japheth who was born when Noah was 500 years. 

10:2-5 traces Japheth’s sons and grandsons. Japheth means “expansion”. Seven of his sons are mentioned: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras (10:2). The first time I read those names, I thought they sounded Indo. Japheth was in fact, the father of the Indo-European peoples (India to Western Europe). Gomer and his people lay north to the north of Judea (see Ezekiel 38:6). From Gomer came the Galatians or Gauls of Asia. They inhabited Phrygia.

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I love Ancient History and I think it’s vital when it comes to Bible Study for it can come in very handy. I read about the Phrygians settling everywhere in Anatolia and how some of them accepted strange customs and cults, one which was the cult of the great Mother of the gods. The most famous king of Phrygia was Midas. I think I’m getting carried away. So to put:

Gomer (Germany): From him, came the Germanic peoples; most of the original peoples of Western Europe came from them including the original French, Celtic settlers, and Spanish.

Magog, Tiras, Meshech (Moscow) & Tubal: they settled in the far north of Europe and became the Russian peoples (the Russians are the most numerous ethnic group in Europe).

Madai: The ancient Medes came from this son’s line. The peoples of India also came from this family tree branch.

Javan: The ancient Greeks came from this one. 

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I believe that the history of the peoples can be disputed. In 10:3 we meet Gomer’s 3 sons: Ashkenaz (probably Assyrian), Riphath (an obscure tribe that was merely mentioned) and Togarmah (the Armenians were believed to come from his line. They are mentioned as traders in Ezekiel 27:14 and in Ezekiel 38, they were named as followers of Gog along with Persia and Ethiopia). From Javan’s sons (10:4-5) the coastline peoples of the Gentiles were divided into their lands (according to their families, nations, and language). Take note of verse 5: Japheth’s descendants did as God instructed by scattering and populating the area they were given.

Now, let’s go Ham, the youngest of Noah’s sons and the one who discovered his father’s drunkenness in 9:22. Many of Ham’s sons were the enemies of Israel. Ham’s descendants populated the Far East and Africa. Ham is the father of the Arabians, Canaanites, and Africans, and the Egyptians. In 10:6 we meet:

Cush – Divided into two branches, some founded Babylon (Nimrod) and others Ethiopia. 

Mizraim – Hebrew for Egypt and translated as Egypt 87 times in the Bible. Egypt was later called the “land of Ham” (see Psalm 78:51; 105:23; 106:22).

Phut – Refers to Libya.

Canaan – The people who originally settled the land. In v. 15, we’ll see that many races were started from Canaan including the Amorite, Hivite, Hamathite, and Jebusite.

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Cush had 5 sons and 2 grandsons (10:7), but then came Nimrod (10:8-9). A mighty one. A great hunter. The power-hungry leader behind the building of the Tower of Babel (11:1-4). Nimrod means “let us rebel” and I’ll write up a post on this figure soon if the time permits. At 10:10 we see the beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom. He did not want to heed God’s instruction to scatter and populate the earth. 10:11 speaks of Assyria and you might recognize the city of Nineveh which was wicked to the core right down to the time of Jonah. 10:12 speaks of Resen another city Asshur built. 

10:13-14 deals with Mizraim’s (2nd son of Ham) 7 sons from who are derived 8 nations. Ludim is thought to be plural, so Mizraim begat the father of the Ludim which is thought to be Lud in Isaiah 66:19 (Lydians). They were great at archery. Now to the sons of Canaan (10:15-18). Remember, these were the people cursed at the scene of Noah’s drunkenness because of Ham. Not only that, they possessed the Promised Land which Israel needed to conquer. Sidon is related to the Hittites and Lebanese and many people believe that the Oriental peoples descended from the Sinites. Sidon was also Zidon. I could only imagine how beautiful the women were in that town to cause Solomon to sin repeatedly (1 Kings 11:5). Heth was the father of the Hittites and they worshipped a number of Egyptian and Babylonian deities. Their relatives, the Jebusites also worshipped false gods. 

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The border at 10:19 is a description of the land of Canaan the Israelites possessed. Gerar and Gaza are two Philistines’ cities. The Hebrew name for Gaza is Azzah (mentioned in Deuteronomy, Kings, and Jeremiah), the capital of the Philistines and Samson lived there. It is the center of the Gaza Strip today. Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim were destroyed with righteous fire from heaven. 

We now move to the descendants of Shem (meaning “name” because Noah expected the name of his son to become great), the second born of Noah (10:21). Let’s talk about Shem a little. Shem was the father of “all the children of Eber”. The word Eber is the origin of the Hebrew word for “Hebrew.” This is the son whom Noah had blessed above his brothers in 9:26-27. It was through Shem that the promised seed destined to crush the devil came (3:15) and that seed can be traced back to Seth (Adam’s son) in 5:1-32, through Shem, then Abraham, Judah, down to David leading to Christ (Luke 3:36). Ain’t that a beautiful something! Jesus came from this amazing preserved line! Eber is actually the grandson of Arphaxad (10:24). When the Bible uses the term ‘child’ or ‘children’ it does not always mean so.

We meet Shem’s 5 children in 10:22. From Elam sprung the Persians; Asshur was the father of the Assyrians; Arphaxad was the ancestor to Abram and the Hebrews. He dwelt in Mesopotamia and became the progenitor of the Chaldeans. Lud (not the same one mentioned in the line of Ham) was Shem’s 4th son and was the father of the Lydians who lived in Asia Minor. Aram is the father of the Aramaeans, who we know as the Syrians. 

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Aram had 4 children (10:23), but it is Uz which gathers much attention. Uz was later a region in Arabia and it was from this land (somewhere in the Arabian Desert) Job came (Job 1:1). Arphaxad was born two years after the flood but decided to commemorate the event by naming his firstborn Salah which means “a sending forth” of waters (10:24). Eber had 2 sons (10:25) and Peleg was so named because of the earth being divided in his time (the dispersion of peoples at the Tower of Babel). Peleg means division. We meet the 13 Joctanites tribes in 10:26-29. There is little known of these sons besides seeming to settle parts of Arabia (10:30) for they disappeared in Bible history. 

10:31 is the spread of Shem’s descendants including Assyria, Arabia, and Syria. Exclusive of Nimrod, there are 70 names of nations, tribes, or heads of families descended from Noah’s 3 sons: 14 from Japheth, 30 from Ham, and 26 from Shem. Among the heads of tribes descended from Japheth are 7 grandsons. Among those from Ham are 23 grandsons and 3 great-grandsons (bible-studys.org). And we conclude this interesting generation chapter with God reminding us that through Noah’s three sons the whole world was repopulated (10:32). Eight people were left after the flood and look at the world now.

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The world so stunk of sin that we have no knowledge of our own origin. We fight for a sense of belonging to this race or that race because we’re not satisfied with the image we were made in, His. There is only one race: the human race. Being Indian, African, Asians etc. are different ethnicities of the human race. God is willing to reveal the truth in His Word, but how can we see it when our eyes are closed? When we’ve made up our minds to follow what man tells us? When our hearts are closed off from God? Search the scriptures today with a new approach and with a spiritual understanding. People didn’t just come into existence. We’re here because of Noah’s descendants. Most importantly, we’re here because of God. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ Ham means “hot” and the Hamitic people were godless and of a worldly power (Genesis 10:6-20). Ham’s descendants worshipped false gods including the god of fertility. 

^ Heth is the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 

^ Shem was the ancestor of the Semitic peoples (10:21-31). He is the father of the Hebrew nation from whence Christ came. 

^ Abraham, a descendant of Shem, is the first person in the Bible who is referred to as a “Hebrew” (Genesis 14:13).

^ Arphaxad, along with Shem, was mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus.

REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible

* biblestudys.org

*blueletterbible.org

* gotquestions.org

Bible Activity/Discussion

Genesis: a few questions so far

Bible Study will resume next Sabbath be it God’s willing. It’s a joy reading, learning, discovering, and applying His Word for it’s like a soothing balm. 💙

Base on what we’ve studied so far in Genesis 1-9, I’ll leave a few questions for you to answer on your own, or feel free to discuss it in the comment section below.

1. What does the rainbow symbolize?

2. On what day is the Sabbath?

3. Does the Bible tell us EXACTLY how many children Adam and Eve had?

4. On what day was Eve created?

5. How old was Noah when he entered the ark?

6. How many pairs of each “clean” animal did Noah take on the ark?

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Bible Activity/Discussion

On the hunt for Noah’s ark! 🔎

Today, we’re going on an adventure! We’re going to search for an ancient Biblical artifact. Do you know what artifact that is? Here’s a clue: God secured Noah in it when He sent the Great Flood to wipe away the wicked world. Did you guess Ark? Then you’re right! Grab your great detecting tools and let’s go!

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And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

Genesis 8:4

Over the years, the location of Noah’s Ark has been a subject of controversy. In the Genesis account, we read that the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. However, we should note that Genesis does not specifically refer to Mt. Ararat and the text says “mountains” indicating a range of mountains. Today, Ararat is a snow-capped and compound volcano located in the east of Turkey and it consists of two stratovolcanos, Lesser Ararat and Greater Ararat (the highest peak in Turkey and Armenian plateau).

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But the ark was found! So let’s go to the location!

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According to discovery, these are actual proof that the ark was found:

Ark-Like Outcrop

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Eh, looks like the discovery of Clark Kent’s ship in the middle of Smallville.

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Let’s us take geography into consideration: The ark came to rest on some mountains (again, plural) in Ararat. These were in the region of ancient Urartu (elevation exceeded 17,000 feet).

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And if we pay attention to scripture, it gives us a compass for the landing location of the ark. Get out your Bibles and turn to Genesis 11:1-2:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Journeying from the east means that they would’ve come from the land in the direction of present-day central Iran. And if you’ll just turn to Jeremiah 51:27-28 for a little bit, you’ll see Ararat being mentioned along with two other kingdoms (Minni and Ashkenaz) who formed an alliance against Babylon. What does this indicate? Yes, these regions were located in Medes. Somewhere in there is a fascinating story featuring King Darius the Great, but we’re not going to talk about him today.

Despite countless expeditions over many centuries to find Noah’s ark, it still has not been found despite a number of people proclaiming to have seen it. Science and geography can’t seem to understand why. 

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Many have lost their lives searching for the ark in Mt. Ararat, but that could’ve been avoided in the first place if they had realized two things: Genesis said “mountains” and not Mt. Arabat and God wants us to believe His Word for He cannot lie and the account of the ark is true even though we can’t see it. 

REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible

* biblestudy.org

* accuracyingenesis.com

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Bible Study

Genesis part VI: Noah leaves the ark and God blesses him

In case you missed it:

Part 5: The wickedness of the world and the Great Flood

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Spending time in God’s Word, talking and discussing it and helping others to comprehend it and also learning from them, is my greatest source of happiness. 

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Noah leaves the ark

Scripture in focus: Genesis 8 

God remembers Noah (8:1) is just an anthropomorphism given that He never forgot about Noah in the first place. It is significant to note that the entire race of mankind is now dead, save for Noah and his family. God made a wind to pass over the earth causing the waters to abate (8:1-3). Perhaps the waters were congregated into rivers, seas, lakes etc.? The ark then came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the 7th month (8:4). We’ll go into detail about Noah’s ark in another post. 

The tops of the mountains were finally seen in the 10th month (8:5). I just started studying the Biblical calendar and I read that the 10th month was January. In 8:6-12, Noah used a raven and a dove to test the earth’s condition. The raven is a bird of prey. Some readers suggested that by the raven going “to and fro” the raven died, but from what I understand, the raven went out of the ark, returned, but did not go in, going forth again. Basically, the raven went back and forth (without entering into the ark) until the waters dried up, returning no more. It couldn’t have died for the purpose of taking the animals in pairs into the ark was to repopulate the earth and ravens mate for life and live in pairs.

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The dove is symbolic of the Holy Ghost. Noah sends her out next but she couldn’t find any rest for her delicate feet so he reaches out his hand and takes her back into the ark. Seven days later, he sends her out again and this time, she returns in the evening with a plucked olive leaf in her beak showing that trees began to appear above the water. Another seven days, he sends her out again and this time, she does not return. There is some symbolism in these few passages. The raven is a scavenger and feasts on carrion just as like the wicked heart sets its mission on things of the world. The dove is the Holy Spirit (the Helper) so we can safely say that the helper has done its work. 

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On the 1st day of the first month (April) of the 601st year, Noah removes the covering of the ark and beheld the face of the earth (8:13). Noah and family and the creatures finally leave the ark when God gives the command (8:16-19). What’s the first thing that Noah did when he left the ark? He built an altar and offered sacrifices to the Lord (8:20). It was Noah’s first thought to please and thank God. His unselfish act touched God’s heart thus winning blessings for all mankind (8:21-22).

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The new world and God’s blessings

Scripture in focus: Genesis 9

God blesses Noah and family and gives a request that they repopulate the earth (9:1). In 9:2, God makes it plain that man is higher than animal form. Man is also now given instructions to eat meat (9:3-4). Adam received instructions for eating (1:29-30; 2:15-17) and do note that meat was not a part of his diet. After the flood, the relationship between mankind and the animal kingdom changed drastically. God also warned about eating “flesh with the life thereof.” Let’s pause here and read that statement again (9:4). This has confused many people over the years who claimed the verse as the origins of vegetarianism. That means God would’ve contradicted Himself in 9:3 when He gave the command to eat meat. If it were so, then Jesus broke the rule in Luke 8:55 when He rose the girl from the dead and told her parents to feed her meat. He certainly didn’t say to feed her a salad! Meat sustains strength and she would’ve certainly needed meat to sustain hers. “Flesh with the life thereof” means the flesh of mankind. We’re not supposed to eat human flesh (cannibalism). Blood represents life and to shed it represents death.

Animal or man are not supposed to take human’s life unlawfully (9:5) for man alone was created in the image of God (9:6). Instead, mankind was supposed to be multiplying lives (9:7). The Noahic Covenant is the first covenant God made with man (verses 9-17). The Creator has established the covenant (9:11) and He promised to never again send a universal flood to judge the world thus establishing the human government (9:12). So when we see the rainbow in the sky, we can always remember that promise for it is the official seal of the covenant (9:13-15).

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“Ham is the father of Canaan” (9:18). Canaan here is a man’s name and his offsprings were the idolatrous enemies of Israel. All of mankind who lived after the flood came from Noah’s 3 sons (9:19). Don’t discredit Adam yet for all nations came from Adam through Noah (Acts 17:26). Then Noah assumes the responsibility of his family by becoming a husbandman (9:20). However, he is careless in his walk with God, gets drunk and is uncovered in his tent (9:21). When someone gets drunk, they’re unaware of their actions. I wish I could’ve gone back in time and warn Noah about growing those grapes! But there’s a lesson in here: we can still fall back into sin if we get careless in our walk with God no matter how much we might have pleased Him in the past.

This careless action of Noah pleases Ham (9:22) after violating his father’s privacy. He went to tell his brothers probably hoping that they’ll mock Noah as well, but it was quite the opposite when Shem and Japheth covered their father with a garment (while walking backwards so they wouldn’t see their father’s nakedness) showing they were respectful children (9:23) which brings to mind the 5th commandment. Noah then wakes from his drunken slumber, found out what Ham did and cursed Canaan (9:24-25). Four sons are recorded for Ham in 10:6. I was wondering if Canaan was perhaps Ham’s favorite son given that Noah didn’t curse all of Ham’s descendants. In the same breath, he blessed his other two boys (9:26-27).

Noah lived a full life of 950 years and then died (9:28-29). What a life! He was present when wickedness in the world multiplied in the old world and lived through the destruction because he obeyed God. Just think if God had not found righteousness in Noah! It’s sad that he had to witness wickedness again in the times of the evil Nimrod. But it was also a blessing that he lived a long time after the flood to give an account of the old world. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ The waters consumed the wicked earth for 150 days from May 17th – May 27th. 

^ I guess it is safe to say that after the flood, longevity of life began to decline.

^ The word blood is used 424 times in 357 separate verses in the KJV. Blood sealed God’s covenant with Israel (Exodus 24:8), blood set aside the priests (Exodus 29:20), blood cleanses us (Hebrews 9:14), and blood enables us to overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11).

^ The first mention of drunkenness in the Bible is when Noah became drunk bringing into account Proverbs 20:1 which shows the foolishness of drunkenness. 

^ Although it could be argued, I don’t think Noah’s nakedness had nothing to do with sexual abuse as some accounts stated. I disagree that Noah was sexually abused by one of his sons or relatives. I know the keyword in 9:21 is ‘uncovered’, but it has nothing to do with the sexual relations law in Leviticus 18:6-20. Noah simply got drunk, his actions were not his at the moment, and maybe it was hot so he took his clothes off (uncovering of one’s self) and went into a deep slumber. It was a moment of weakness, yes, but even the best of man cannot stand upright unless they depend solely on God to uphold them. An imperfect moment shows how flawed man is. 

REFERENCES/AIDS

* The Holy Bible

* biblestudy.org

Bible Study

Genesis part V: The wickedness of the world and the great flood

In case you missed it:

PART 4: The first murder and genealogy of the Patriarchs

PART 3: The Original Sin

PART 2: The Making of mankind and the Sabbath

PART 1: Genesis: in the beginning

Before we begin, I must apologize for the delay in posting the Bible study. I am not about to make excuses because of the schedule I keep lately or the latest bout of anemia attack, if I want this to continue, I must make time. 

The last time we looked at Abel and Cain and an awesome genealogy! I guessed people from that time lived longer because there was no outbreak of diseases, famine, and rampant crime. Also, they grew and attended their crops without the interference of chemicals. 

Today, we’re going to look at wickedness in the world, the building of the ark, and the great flood.

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Corruption of the human race and building of the Ark

Scripture in focus: Genesis 6

Many of us know the story of the flood, but we tend to overlook the prequel (6:1-4). The sons of God (understood as fallen angels, but this is up for debate and it’s going to take another post to dive into this) saw how pretty the fair maidens were, married them, and they gave birth to the Nephilim race. When God saw the wickedness of His creation, it grieved Him that He made the human race (6:6). He set about to destroy the earth and all the wickedness thereof (6:7), but Noah’s righteousness made Him rethink the decision although the earth was corrupt and filled with violence (6:11).

God instructs Noah to build an ark which is just a really big boat. We can safely say that this was the first boat ever constructed, yes? Some of us don’t pay attention to the measurements, but it is also important. So the ark’s dimension was 300 cubits (138 meters) long, 50 cubits (23 meters) wide, and 30 cubits (13.8 meters) high (6:15). Then there was an 18-inch opening of 1 cubit (46 centimeters) below the roof encircling the boat providing light and air (6:16). Noah would then build a door in which God would close. Do you know what this means? God was the Captain of this sailless boat.

Now pay attention for in 6:18, God makes a covenant with Noah, the first of several covenants between God and man. God gave Noah specific instructions on who/what was to enter the ark: Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives (that’s 8 people) and a male and female of every creature and of course, food. (6:18-21). 

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The universal flood

Scripture in focus: Genesis 7

So Noah enters the ark and here is where confusion sets in for some readers where it concerns the animals. As we saw earlier in 6:19-20, God told Noah to bring in the animals by two, however in 7:2-3, He said 7. But pay attention for the keyword is clean: Seven pairs of each kind of clean animals were taken and one pair of the other animals. By clean, it means that those animals were acceptable for sacrifice after the flood. Hence the reason Noah had to take 7 of every clean beast.

With Noah, his family, and the animals safe inside the ark, it begins to rain after 7 days (7:10) for 40 days and 40 nights (7:12). The flood covered the entire earth for 150 days thus cleansing it for everything is submerged including mountains and every creature and living being dies (7:17-24).

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Just imagine Noah building the ark and people around him carrying on and ridiculing him instead of checking their heart and then maybe they too, would’ve been saved. 

Additional Notes/Recap

^ Nephilim means fallen ones or giants. 

^ Although Noah found grace in the eyes of His Maker for he walked in close fellowship with God and was righteous, it doesn’t mean that he was without sin (Romans 5:12-14).

^ The Bible doesn’t specifically say how long it took Noah to build the ark. When we first come across Noah in 5:32, he is 500 years old and when he enters the ark he is 600 years old. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he took 100 years to build the ark for it may depend on how much time passed when God told him to build it (6:14) to when he entered it (7:1).

^ The number 40 is very significant in the Bible. It is often associated with trial, punishment, testing or even affliction. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights (as it rained on the earth), the Israelites ate manna for 40 years, after His resurrection Christ appeared to the apostles for 40 days before He was taken up to Heaven, the Lord delivered the evil Israelites into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years, it took Elijah 40 days and 40 nights to reach Horeb etc.

REFERENCES

* The Holy Bible

* padfield.com for the measurement of the ark.