In my last post, Chiastic Structures, I shared my discovery of Chiasms in the Bible.
A quick review of a chiasm: Repetition of similar ideas in the reverse sequence, put together much like a sandwich with the meat (main idea) in the middle.
You may view this chiasm in a Word document here: Chiastic Structure of Gen. 8:15-9:7.
Okay, I’m reverting back to the American linear approach with the main idea first (meat of the sandwich); the bread second, and the condiments last.
The Meat/Main Idea:
God smelled the soothing aroma of Noah’s sacrifice and declared three promises (8:21-22). In response to Noah’s obedience and grateful sacrifice, God speaks openly to Noah (9:1-17), which includes the great Noahic covenant for post-flood mankind.
Covenant—a binding promise—is a common theme throughout Scripture, initiated by God with His people. The first covenant mentioned in the Bible is found in Gen. 6:17-18.
What are the three promises God declares?
- “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.”
- “Never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.”
- “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
The Bread/First and Last Points
(1a, 2a) “Be fruitful and multiply” (8:15-19; 9:7).
God renews the mandate given to Adam with Noah: Repopulate the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). In this sense, we are all related.
The Mayo & Mustard/Second and Second to Last Points
- (1b) Noah blessed God by offering the lifeblood of an animal sacrifice (8:20).
- (2b) God blessed Noah; instructions of lifeblood concerning animals and men (9:1-6).
God instructs Noah on setting up a government system, emphasizing justice and the regard of the sacredness of God’s divine image stamped on man. Because we are made in God’s image, He considers man’s blood—representing life—even more sacred than animals.
God also gives Noah the okay to eat animals for food with the restriction of draining the animal’s blood first (9:4-5).
What is so significant about lifeblood?
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11).
The Old Testament sacrifices were temporary and figurative, pointing towards God’s ultimate sacrifice of His beloved Son: Jesus Christ, the Lamb who “now once in the end of the world hath appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself,” (Heb. 9:26).
Yes, I know. School’s out for the summer. Yes, I know. Most of you believe you’re no longer in school. But we’re all in this school of life together. And besides, this homework is fun!
- Make a sandwich. So you’ve already eaten lunch or dinner, how about a dessert sandwich like S’mores?
- In the process, recall the themes in this chiastic structure (Genesis 8:15-9:7): the bread (first and last points), the condiments (the second and second to last points), and the meat (central point).
- Eat and enjoy your real sandwich (or S’more).
- Digest . . . . How are you going to apply these truths to your life this week?
- Have a terrific week! 🙂