Genesis 8:20-22 - God's Curious Remark
By Michael D. Ragusky, Sr. - 12 Nov 2004
In Reference to: Commentary by Frank L. Hoffman
To whom it may concern;
I must disagree with your analysis of the verse in Genesis 8:20-21.
"However, upon the ark there was once again no death, and apparent obedience to the Lord. But following the Flood, when there was supposed to be another Edenic way of peaceful living and obedience to God,
Noah and his family sacrificed innocent animals, because they supposedly recognized themselves as not pure, and needed to repent."
I believe the sacrifice that Noah offered up to the Lord was a Thanksgiving Offering for bringing them through the flood, not because of some evil deeds they might have committed. Why would you think what you do???
Furthermore, Innocent animals are always sacrificed. Jesus was the ultimate "innocent" sacrifice. remember?
Again I quote you;
"This brings about the mixed feelings of God, as expressed in Genesis 8:21."
What mixed feelings are you talking about. The only feelings God was having was smelling the sweet savor of the thanksgiving offering Noah had just offered up to Him, and the fact that God was not going to destroy the earth again, which he does by making a covenant with Noah in chapter 9.
Remember, when the original text was written there weren't chapter and verse divisions. This whole passage flows into what we now read as chapter 9:1 that God blessed Noah. Blessed him for his obedience towards God.
I found your web-site through a google search. I did get something interesting from it though. Your interpretation of why the "fear and the dread of man" was put into animals, fish, etc.. I will consider you analysis of that also.
Thank you for your web-site, but please reconsider my comments.
Michael D. Ragusky, Sr.