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.
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