I have a few thoughts from today's reading. The first is, "Goodnight...do we never learn?!" So, humanity becomes so corrupt that God regrets making us. Think about that. He made us to watch over all creation. We were his crowning achievement in creation, and we mess up so bad he regrets ever thinking us up. However, he doesn't wipe humanity out. Humanity gets a fresh start, a clean slate. God hangs his bow up and says he'll never do battle against humanity again, and how do we say thank you? We use our new opportunity for drunkenness and rape.
The first thing Noah does once things get back to normal after the flood event, being the great farmer that he is, is plant a vineyard. (I realize I am skipping the fact that the first thing Noah does once he gets off the Ark is praise God.) And remember, the reason God made humanity was to watch over creation, but does Noah do that? Nope. Noah focuses on himself and gets drunk. It's hard to care for others when you're passed out in your own tent, but I guess he gets his come-upins. One of his three sons sees him passed out and rapes him.
Will we ever learn? Was watching everything around you die because of its corrupt nature not a big enough wake-up call? Seriously... And then a few chapters later is the story of Babel. Now the story of Babel is another story where God gets a bad rap. At first glance it seems like all the innocent humans want to due is build a city for themselves with a big tower so that everyone knows how to get to the city. God then apparently looses his temper and makes it so that people can't communicate with each other. That makes God look pretty vindictive. Another way of looking at this story, however, is to see that after the flood humanity has been given a second chance to do things right, to go out and fill the earth and care for it. Instead humans say, "No thank you. The earth is a scary place. We don't trust God to care for us, so we'll stay here. Thank you very much." God isn't vindictive. He's trying to push humanity to discover it's full purpose and potential, and isn't that what a dozen aisles at Barnes and Noble are all about?
So, the first thing that stands out to me in this reading is that we never learn, but the second thing that stands out to me is that God is faithful anyway. Adam and Eve break what God made...God provides for them. Humanity becomes so corrupt that there's only one family on the whole planet that has anything good about them...God provides for them. Humanity again refuses to embrace its potential and purpose...God provides for them again. I know many people read the Old Testament and only see a wrathful God. I read the Old Testament and see an extremely patient God who withholds far more judgment and punishment then I probably would in a similar situation. In Genesis, humanity is on a roller coaster ride with its relationship to God and everything else, but through it all God stays faithful to what he has made. He refuses to give up and throw in the towel.
Stopping point: Genesis 11