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Noah and the Vineyard
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Okay so we're going to pick up right after the Sabbath and see what we find, here's the Sabbath, and you'll find that right over here verse 4, this is the verse that's going to begin to tell us of events that happen after the seventh day, so let's just put that up at the top of the screen. We're going to read through these verses and see if we find any events that seem to playoff of this in the world of Noah after the rainbow. Because the rainbow was the last thing we saw, the rainbow had paralleled the Sabbath, so after the rainbow do we see events that parallel stuff that happens back in creation after the Sabbath? Here's the rainbow over here on the right side of your screen, and so we're going to be looking after that as well. So we're kind of reading these two texts in connection with each other, sort of at the same time, which is why we have them both up on the screen, it may seem strange to read two texts in parallel to each other but we're going to take a stab at it.
Okay so to make it a little bit easier to focus, actually what I'm going to do is just look at the left side of the screen. I'm just going to look at the story of creation with you, so let's just pull that all the way over here, so that occupies our whole screen, and we'll go up to verse 4, which is where we're starting to read from. So I'm going to read in Hebrew, and we'll translate in English as well. Eileh toldot ha'shamayim veha'aretz behibaram - these are the generations of heaven and earth. It's kind of strange because when you think about generations we tend to think about generations of people, generations is sort of a people word. Usually it's a word that appears often in Genesis, usually nine times out of ten when it appears it's going to appear and refer to actual human beings. Like, these are the generations of Abraham, these are the generations of Isaac, these are the generations of Jacob. Over here strangely we have the word generations but not in reference to people at all, in reference to Shamayim Va'aretz, in reference to the heavens and earth. As if heavens and earth, the first thing that G-d created over there in the first day - if you remember in the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth, is the language of the text - as if the heavens and the earth themselves are the parents of what comes next. As if everything flows really from the heavens and the earth.
So; These are the generations of the heavens and the earth; Behibaram - as they were being created. B'yom asos Hashem Elokim eretz ve'shamayim - on the day that G-d created heavens and earth. V'kol si'ach hasadeh terem yiheye ba'aretz - and this was before there was any shrubs in the field, before there was any plant life. V'kol eisev hasadeh terem yitzmach - it was before there was any grass life, before grasses had sprouted or had flourished. Why? Ki lo himtir Hashem Elokim al ha'aretz - because the L-rd G-d had not yet caused rain to descend upon the land; V'adam ayin la'avod et ha'adamah - and there was no man yet that was going to be there to work the land. V'eid ya'aleh min ha'aretz - and then a mist went up from the ground; Vehishkah et kol pnei ha'adamah - and the mist sort of became clouds and watered the whole face of the ground. After the ground was watered - this is the way the commentators sort of understand it; Vayitzhar Hashem Elokim et ha'adam - now that you had sort of mud, so G-d took that mud; Vayitzhar Hashem Elokim et ha'adam - and G-d used it to fashion the first man; Aphar min ha'adamah - dust from the earth. Vayipach b'apav nishmat chayim - and blew in his mouth the breath of life.
So I want to just focus with you here on just these first three verses over here, from verse 4 down to verse 6. We'll get to verse 7 later. Just looking at verse 4, 5 and 6 over here, are there any events that remind you here of events that happened that right after the rainbow in the story of re-creation?
Now let's just sort of move this over, and now we can see on the right side of the screen, this is the world after the rainbow. So verse 16 and 17 over here is the end of the rainbow, over here is verse 18, so we're looking at verse 18, we'll just put this at the top of the page for you, and is there anything about verse 18 that reminds you about any of this stuff? You can sort of play the Jeopardy music now and I'm going to give you a second to think about that, what do you think? Let's come back and talk about it.
Okay so one interesting thing that you find just kind of for starters is that if you look at verse 4 over here; Eileh toldos ha'shamayim veha'aretz behibaram - these are the generations of heaven and earth as they were being created, so this idea of generations which I mentioned to you before, really is a word which almost always appears to describe human procreation in the Bible, father to son, parents to child. If you look right over here in the verse in re-creation, in the story of Noah, after the rainbow, you actually here about progeny of a father, you actually hear about children. Va'yihiyu benei Noach - here we have actually Toldot, the generations of Noach. We hear about the sons of Noach; Hayotzim min hateivah - who come out of the ark. We get their names; Shem Cham V'Yafet - their names were Shem, Cham and Yefet. V'Cham hu avi Canaan - and Cham was the father of Canaan. So interestingly enough, right after the rainbow we actually do hear about the generations of Noah, which corresponds in some kind of maybe strange way to generations of heavens and earth.
So that seems to be one maybe connection between the text, and that just might be coincidental or something, but you'd know if it was coincidental if you found more. So I do think that that's the tip of iceberg. I can give you here a little challenge; can you continue, go through these three or four verses over here in creation and think about the larger context for verse 18 over here in the story of re-creation. Ask yourself how really do the other events - three, four, five, six, seven things over here, in verse 4, 5 and 6 - really playoff of the ideas of what's actually happening here in verse 18. So think about that and let's come back and discuss it.
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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