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Lesson #4 Inevitable Consequences (6: 7 11: 23)

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Sin is subtle Sin distorts our judgment Sin escalates Sin cascades down through generations

Gustov Dor. Satan, illustrations for John Miltons Paradise Lost, 1866.

When the Lord saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth, and how every desire that their heart conceived was always nothing but evil, the Lord regretted making human beings on the earth and his heart was grieved. (Genesis 6: 5-6)

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In his magnificent translation of The Five Books of Moses (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2004), Robert Alter observes that the only obvious meaning of the Hebrew term [Nephilim] is fallen onesperhaps those who have come down from the realm of the gods . . . . This Hebrewor perhaps broader Near Easternidea resonates off similar Egyptian, Greek and Roman thinking that the gods mate with mortal men and women, producing the great mythic heroes of old, such as Achilles, in the Iliad and Aeneas in the Aeneid. In Scripture the fallen ones may refer to the rebellious angels who fell with Satan.

Michaelangelo. The Deluge, Sistine Chapel ceiling. Vatican, c. 1512.

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God/gods determine to bring a flood Hero told to make a boat Make a boat with a roof and cover the boat with tar and pitch Put the seed of all creatures in the boat Hero & family enter the boat Rain falls (40 days/nights; 7 days/6 nights) All creatures outside die Hero opens a window Waters recede and boat comes to rest on a mountain (Aarat/Nimus) After 7 days the hero sends out a dove Hero offers sacrifice to God/gods God/gods bless hero and his family

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Transitional Introduction (6: 9-10) A Corruption in creation (6: 11-12) B 1st divine speech: Resolve to Destroy (6: 13-22) C 2nd divine speech: Enter the Ark (7:1-10) D Beginning of flood (7: 11-16) E Rising flood (7:17-24) E Receding flood (8: 1-5) D Drying the earth (8: 6-14) C 3rd divine speech: Leave the Ark (8: 15-19) B 4th divine speech: Resolve to Preserve (8: 20-22) A Covenant with creation (9:1-17) Transitional conclusion (9: 18-19)

Photography by Ana Maria Vargas

Giovanni Bellini. Drunkenness of Noah, oil an canvas, c. 1515. Muse des Beaux-Arts, Besanon.

Left to our own devices, humanity is incapable of resolving the issue of sin.

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Why did the Lord look with favor on Able and his offering, but not on Cain and his offering? In 4: 17 we read: Cain had intercourse with his wife, and she conceived . . .. Where did Cains wife come from? What is the function of the five genealogies in Genesis 1-11? Why are they important? Why does God bring a flood to destroy all life on earth? People built the Tower of Babel so they would make a name for themselves. What two other examples in Genesis 1-11 spring from the same motive?

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