On Wednesdays I have been gradually reading through the book of Genesis and posting some reflections here.
Three weeks ago I wrote a bit about Elohim deciding to destroy the world because of human evil. Two weeks ago I wrote a bit about the ancient cosmology of the story and about the undoing of creation. (A week ago I was tired so I had a rest.)
Today I’ve been reading about the end of the flood. Elohim tells Noah and his family to go out and multiply – an echo of the instruction that Elohim gave to the first people at the beginning of Genesis. This is the beginning of a new creation. The key difference I notice is that as Noah and his family exit the ark and make sacrifices, YHWH is acknowledging the evil of human nature rather than saying humanity is good. But, in this instance, YHWH’s response to human evil is not to destroy creation.
To sum it up, one way of looking at the overarching story so far could be:
Humanity is good. God says, ‘Go and multiply.’
Humanity is evil. God says, ‘I regret creating the world. I will destroy it.’
Humanity is evil. God says, ‘Go and multiply.’
This has me wondering, what has changed in the story?