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In Gen. Ch7 vs. 2 it says, “You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female.” Sevens? I thought it was 2. Or does this reference the 7 days before the rain comes?
The Bible says in Genesis 6:19-20, “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.”
It goes on to say in Genesis 7:1-4 “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5 And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.”
So which is it? Was Noah to bring two of every kind of animal, or seven? He was to bring tow of every sort, according to Gen. 6:19, and seven of pairs of all clean animals. Clean animals, as you may recall were both suitable to eat and for sacrifice to God. When the flood subsided we are told, “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar,” Genesis 8:20 ESV.
I am reminded of an old saying referring to the Bible, it says, “Read it again, for the first time.” There are many things we think we know about the Bible that just aren’t true. This is why it is imperative we read the Bible as if we had never read it before. I’m glad that you are reading the Bible with a fresh perspective.