Monday, August 08, 2011

What Curse On The Ground Was God Talking About After The Flood? (Part 1) - Genesis 8:21 Bible Commentary

This is part one in a three part series.

Around 600 years before the flood, when the world was not yet 2000 years old, a boy was born. The boy's father, Lamech, chose to name his son "Noah"— meaning rest. Lamech, explaining why he chose the name "Noah", uttered these words:
This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the LORD has cursed. (Genesis 5:29)
Fast forward around 600 years. The flood was over, and God spoke the following words to Himself; He spoke these words within Himself, in His heart:
I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth... (Genesis 8:21)
The words, I will never again curse the ground", lead to the obvious conclusion that sometime prior to the flood: God cursed the ground. But what curse is being referred to?

Some think that the curse being referred to is the flood— a view that lacks sense because nowhere is the flood specifically referred to as a curse. It also seems an unlikely conclusion because Scripture specifically mentions two different curses given by God before the flood, both of which involved the ground.

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Related Posts:
What Curse On The Ground Was God Talking About After The Flood? (Part 2)
Noah's Name: Its Meaning and Significance - Genesis 5:29
State of the World (3130 BC): Noah's Father (Lamech) Is Born - Genesis 5:25
The Lord Smelled The Soothing Aroma - Genesis 8:21
The Fall: Merciful Curses - The Christian Worldview

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