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Noah and the Vineyard
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Now again, remember back, it's a little confusing because in Genesis Chapter 1 before Chapter 2 we also had a story of G-d forming man. But the Torah now recapitulates that story, so we now have the recapitulation of G-d forming man in Genesis Chapter 2. Followed by the whole story of Garden of Eden and G-d plants Garden of Eden and then the temptation of the snake and G-d curses the snake and all that. So you might already begin to see some of these parallels but I think if we map them out it's really quite striking. I think that you might argue with me if one or two of these are coincidences, but it's kind of hard to make the case as you continue going on that this is just coincidental. To me, at least, it really seems like there's something going on. I'm curious as to whether you feel the same way too.
So again, the - what we should first do is just map out on both of these stories there's a setting and then there's a story. Like a setting for story, once upon a time in a land far, far away, so that's a setting and then the action starts. So in both of these stories you have a setting. I'm just going to color code that for you so you can see. The setting is what we were talking about before, the generations. In the story of creation it's the generations of heaven and earth, which is this whole long thing, where we're talking about - all of this is setting, but these are the generations of heaven and earth before everything was planted. There was a mist coming up from the ground. All of those just providing the setting for what happens next, which is the action. Then the L-rd G-d formed man. That's when the action begins. Action begins right over here. Similarly over here, in the beginning of our story we've got the setting; these are the children of Noah, these are the three children from which the earth came out. Then you've got the action, when Noah begins to do something, which is over here.
So let's compare the action parts of both of these stories and see if we find any connections between them. Just to make this clear why don't we put the action parts in blue over here, okay? So we've got the setting parts in light red or pink and then the action parts in light blue. Okay so let's begin here from the beginning of the action of both stories, comparing what we might call verse 20 over here to verse 7 over here in Chapter 2.
So let's see. Vayachel Noach ish ha'adamah vayitah kerem - and Noach the man of the earth began something, and he planted a garden. Does that remind us of anything in the beginning over here, the beginning of the story over here? Well let's see, we're not talking about a person we're talking about G-d. But; Vayitzhar Hashem Elokim et ha'adam aphar min ha'adamah - well what did G-d do? Well it's interesting, G-d kind of began something, G-d created something over here, G-d created man. So over here is Noah creating something? Noah is beginning something, what's he beginning? So we might say that both G-d and Noah are beginning to undertake some sort of enterprise, there's an enterprise that is begun in both stories. One enterprise is begun by G-d over here in this story, this is G-d's enterprise, and over here this enterprise is begun by Noah, and the enterprise is beginning.
Just in case you were wondering, the Torah kind of knocks you on the head to make sure you understand that Vayachel Noach - what do we call him? We call him an Ish Ha'adamah - a man of the earth. Well do we have that phrase over here on the other side? Look at this. Vayitzhar Hashem Elokim - and G-d created, G-d started something. What did He do? He started man; Aphar min ha'adamah - there's that same word, dust from the earth. So here's Noah the man of the earth and over here G-d is creating a man from the earth. Very interesting. Noah begins, the man of the earth, and G-d begins and creates a man, a man from the earth. It is pretty striking.
Then again, just in case you were wondering, the Torah kind of hits you in the head right over here, look at the next word over here in Genesis 9. Vayitah kerem - the next thing that Noah does is he goes and he plants a vineyard. Well guess what happens over here? Vayitah Hashem Elokim gan b'Eden mikedem - G-d goes and plants Himself a garden. So immediately after beginning something, this thing from the ground, in both cases there's planting, Noah plants a vineyard, G-d plants Himself a garden.
Just in case you were wondering, Vayitah is not a very common word in the Torah, that particular formulation of the word Vayitah which we have over here and over here, appears only three times in the entire Five Books of Moses. This is the first time over here, this is the second time over here. So I mean, the links just kind of seem to be there. I mean, something is going on.
So my challenge for you is can you continue reading the story? Does the rest of the story - the rest of the story of Noah - as you continue reading through this, does that remind you of anything as you continue to read further on in the story of G-d forming man and planting a garden? Ask what else happens in Genesis Chapter 2? Can you find parallel after parallel in the story of the vineyard? That's the challenge I want to give you and tell me what you come up with and we'll compare notes.
1. The Generations of Heaven and Earth
2. Before the Rain and After the Flood
3. Splitting the Garden
4. Generations of What?
5. Of Rivers and Nations
6. The Vineyard, Introduced
7. God Begins; Noah Begins
8. The Vineyard and the Garden
9. Conflict of Interest
10. Two Hands at the Piano
11. What Cham Did
12. Why Cham Did It
13. The Vineyard's Center
14. What You Know Might Hurt You
15. Why the Drunk Walks the Line
16. The Big Picture
17. Chiasm in the Garden?
18. Chiasm in the Garden II
19. The Center of the Garden
20. The Mysteries of Imperfect Chiasms
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