The exit from the ark (Gen 8:15-8:22)

“Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.  Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’  So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.  And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.”

This is the so-called re-creation or second creation, since the humans had been too sinful during the first creation.  Things were going to start again with Noah and his three sons and all the living things on the ark. Then God said to Noah, take your family and leave the ark and take all the animals with you and let everyone be fruitful and multiple.  This they did, as they seem to be in Armenia when this happens.

“Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  And when Yahweh smelled the pleasing odor, Yahweh said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of mankind, for the inclination or imagination of human heart is evil from youth.  Nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.   As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Now Noah built an altar, the first instance on an altar, and it is from the sacerdotal source and not in a holy place.  Then Noah made a holocaust burnt offering of every clean animal and bird, which would have been a lot of animals and birds.  However, the burnt offering is from the Mosaic code and not from this pre-Abraham time frame, although sacrifices were common in the ancient times. When Yahweh smelled the pleasant odor, he said that we would never again curse the ground and all the earthly creatures because of humans, who are naturally evil.  So poetically, the earth shall always have ‘seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.’

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