Biblical Faith – with Sam Peak
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HaShem/Elokim first determined to destroy all living things and to reduce the vigor of the earth. That can be readily accomplished the way the previous worlds were destroyed, or, pehaps by a universal conflagration. But HaShem/Elokim was determined to preserve Noach and his family. Therefore HaShem/Elokim first told Noach to build a “Tayva” which does not mean a “ship”, but simply a “box.” It was not a means of locomotion (where was there to go?) but a box to insulate its inmates from the surrounding environment. Then HaShem/Elokim announced He would bring the mabbul, the withering and wearing action, and in order to make it possible to preserve Noach and his tennants in the tayva, it would be a mabbul of water. The order of HaShem/Elokim’s statement is perfectly logical.
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 116–124.
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