The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 May 2006

Blogging the Bible

Plotz, n. To burst, to explode: "I can't laugh anymore or I'll "plotz." To be aggravated beyond bearing.

I'm hoping that David Plotz' Bible-blogging brings me closer to the former than to the latter. There is reason to be hopeful. For instance, Genesis 7:22-23:

The grimmest verse so far: "All in whose nostrils was the merest breath of life, all that was on dry land, died. All existence on earth was blotted out — man, cattle, creeping things, birds of the sky; they were blotted from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark."

What a chilling account of the flood, and of the loneliness of Noah. Even the good man, even the righteous man, is alone in the world, and always subject to God's awesome power. This is pretty raw. It seems clear that the Pre-Deluge evils were not crimes of men against other men, but crimes of men against God. As men mastered agriculture and metalwork and built cities, which earlier verses suggest they did, they felt they didn't need God. They came to see their laws, achievements, and prosperity as their own, accomplished independently of God. So, perhaps the point of the flood was not to restore ordinary moral behavior — day-to-day decency, law, etc. — but to restore faith, or at least fear. We thought we didn't need God, and that was what angered Him. The Flood — this verse in particular — reminds us (or at least the one righteous man who is permitted to live) that we are never independent of God, but always floating alone, vulnerable, at His mercy.

At least we know Plotz is taking this particular task seriously.

Posted at 1:16 PM to Immaterial Witness

Hmmm. If "the fear of God" were a commodity, it would be utterly precious, yet I doubt it would get many bids on eBay.

Posted by: McGehee at 6:29 AM on 18 May 2006

Of course if I have to fear a God to get along with him he's not so benevolent as malevolent ... all in all I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.


Posted by: Ron at 7:44 AM on 18 May 2006

... all in all I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

Imagine spending all of eternity on your feet.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:54 AM on 19 May 2006

:) Perhaps the immortal one will take me up on my offer ....... mwahahahahaa

Posted by: Ron at 5:02 PM on 20 May 2006