Ants, aardvarks, and acciaccaturas

23 01 2011

~

or

 

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………

I find it extraordinary that the story of Noah has evolved into something-fun-about-animals-for-the-kids.  It has a horrific setting – the earth has become corrupt and violent and “all [the people’s] thoughts were consistently and totally evil”.  That’s certificate 18 in my book.  (Check it out at Genesis chapters 6-9. )  So what does God do about this mess?

He destroys.

“I will destroy all living creatures, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Yes, I will wipe them all from the face of the earth.” (Genesis 6:13)

Bad news for the ants and the aardvarks!

Enter the acciaccatura.  Will it save the day?

Acciaccatura??  What species is that, Noah?  Good Q

Musicians will recognise acciaccatura as a musical term.  It’s a grace note melodically adjacent to a principal note and played simultaneously with or immediately before it.  (Thank you for clarifying that for us Collins English Dictionary.)  So, back to our story…

Adjacent to the threat of destruction, God plays his grace note – “Noah found favour with the Lord…He consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him…so God said to Noah, ‘I will keep you safe’.” (Genesis 6:8-18) 

Good news for Noah, his family, the ants, the aardvarks and all the animals.

The rain fell, the floods prevailed, every living thing on earth was wiped out, but …

God remembered Noah.

The rain stopped, the floods receded, the land was dry and…

Noah worshipped God.

God promised never again to destroy the earth by flood.  He sealed his promise with a kiss –

Advertisements

Actions

Information

One response

23 01 2011
Peter

Great post.
Rescuing the Bible from overfamiliarity is such an important deal for people like me who are somewhat familiar with the stories – so your post comes as a gift – but carries a barb. It’s not comfortable…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: