What is the Bible trying to tell us about God in the “Flood Narrative”?

Let’s look at the account in Genesis 6:1-8:22 in another way—in a way that allows us to see how the information is organized. Hebrew doesn’t use capital letters, vowels or punctuation. It doesn’t employ bolded, italicized, or colored letters. So, it employs other literary devices, like parallelism, to make a point. In this case, the information “folds back on itself” at a crucial statement, “God remembered Noah.”

So, in Hebrew thought, the Flood is less about God’s Judgment than it is about God’s Covenantal-Love! And of course, this is probably what Peter was thinking when he wrote, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2Pet 3:9). A God of Love … Indeed!

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