Posted by: Michelle Knoll | October 24, 2012

Thirty-One Days of Hearing His Voice {Day 24} – Before the Flood, After the Flood

I’ve been reading in Genesis, slowly, to really absorb what I’m reading.  I’ve already talked about some of the things I think are intriguing in a previous blog post.  In that post, I didn’t even get to the verse about how there was already light, and then God created the earth, and then the sun!  I hope I get to bend God’s ear when I get to Heaven, because I want to ask Him all sorts of questions about how He did it all.

But have you ever looked at all the changes that came from the flood?  Let’s go back and take a close look.

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.  (Genesis 1:29-30)

Did you catch what was said there?  “And to all the beasts of the earth… I give every green plant for food.”  Before the flood, there were no carnivores.

It’s true!  Even Adam and Eve ate plants.  And there is no indication that after the fall of man in Genesis 3, man started eating animals.

BUT!  Take a look at what God said after the flood:

2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.  (Genesis 9:2-3)

So, after the flood, animals become fearful of man, and man becomes a carnivore.  It’s just… wild, you know?  I had never seen that before.  Oh, read it tons of times, but never saw it.

There’s one other difference I hadn’t noticed before.  Have you ever noticed that God said something to Noah that He didn’t say to Adam?  Take a look:

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.  (Genesis 9:8-10)

God established a covenant with Noah.  But did He establish a covenant with Adam?  I can’t find the word covenant in the first 3 chapters of Genesis anywhere.

Of course, one could argue that God didn’t need to make a covenant with Adam, since they were in fellowship together (that is, until Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge).  But, why didn’t God make a covenant with Seth?  Or with any other descendant before Noah?  Was it only because of the flood?  See, God brought up this covenant before the flood even happened.  He told Noah about it in Chapter 6, before the rains came and the waters of the deep came forth.

18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.  (Genesis 6:18)

These are the sorts of things I find intriguing?  Don’t you?

I challenge you: go back and read the first 11 chapters of Genesis, and see if you can find significant differences between these two time frames (before the flood and after the flood).  When you find one, post it here so all of us can read it.

Blessings to you as you dig for pearls of great price!

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