In Genesis chapter 6 you can easily lose your testimony. Here are some of the cooler things in this chapter: fallen angels (giants, called Nephilim) make love with pretty human women, God admits that he made a mistake in making humankind (can you blame him), and he says he’s going to destroy everything including animals except for Noah’s family and then immediately contradicts himself and says that he’ll save the animals too.
Nephilim: believe what you want about giants in the Bible, but here is what is interesting. All throughout the Old Testament the biblical writers seem to have this intense need to explain where giants came from. I find this very interesting. Maybe giants existed, maybe they didn’t. Maybe they still do (see: Shaq). You can’t prove it by reading the OT. However, the people who wrote the Bible sure felt that it was important to address and justify the existence of giants and explain their origins. Something to think about.
The Ark: God instructs Noah to build an ark with compartments for each of the animals. He gives lots of specifications for the ark. One such specification is that Noah needs to “pitch it within and without with pitch” (Genesis 6:14) Pitch is basically like a stinky toxic plant-based resin or tar and it can waterproof a boat like a mutha.
Now the Hebrew word for the word pitch here in this verse is only used in one other place in the Bible. Can you guess where it is? Here is a hint:
“And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.” (Exodus 2:3)
Thats right. The only other place where this Hebrew word is used INTENTIONALLY in the Bible is describing another ark. Albeit a tiny little ark for a single baby to float down the Nile in.
There is a connection here.
By using this symbolic word, the Bible writers want us to tie these stories together in our hearts (not in our minds because there is no word for ‘brain’ in ancient Hebrew). So what is the connection? Here is the connection that I made.
Sometimes the world starts to fall apart. Sometimes our own little world starts to fall apart. All around us things seem to be getting worse and worse. And where is God? Why is he only consulting the prophets and ignoring the rest of us? Is he even there?
The Bible authors are telling us that God has a blueprint for our lives. The natural world will do what the natural world does. People die, people harm, people get sick, people get hurt. Things get bad. But, when things are at what seems like their worst, God has prepared for us a way out, a way onward, a way forward.
In these two stories the way out was a boat. The ark was created to carry God’s plan into the future. The basket was created for Moses who would go on to gather God’s people and establish his covenants. But there are countless stories of God refusing to let sin overcome the earth and he moves his plan forward.
Think of it like that last scene in Rogue One. That disk gets smuggled off the planet and gets passed from messenger to messenger, barely escaping capture and the hands of evil, narrowly moving forward while the world falls apart all around until it finally lands in the hands of Leia, and the cause is saved and the plan moves forward.
God will pull through. He has proved that and continues to prove it.