Fellow Christians: Question regarding the ‘animals’ taken into the Ark by Noah: Genesis: 6: 19-22.?

Fellow Christians: Question regarding the ‘animals’ taken into the Ark by Noah: Genesis: 6: 19-22. In short, these verses see God instructing Noah to bring into the Ark; ‘two of every living thing, (animals) male and female, birds of the air and creepy things of the ground.’ Then in chapter seven, verses one too... show more Fellow Christians: Question regarding the ‘animals’ taken into the Ark by Noah: Genesis: 6: 19-22. In short, these verses see God instructing Noah to bring into the Ark; ‘two of every living thing, (animals) male and female, birds of the air and creepy things of the ground.’ Then in chapter seven, verses one too three, Noah is again instructed to go into the Ark and take ‘seven pairs of all clean animals, male and female, and likewise seven pairs of unclean animals, male and female, along with seven pairs of birds of the air.’
First, this appears to say the same thing twice, both in chapter six and seven, surely God’s instructions were clear enough in chapter six when first given, no?
But then, in chapter eight, verses twenty, too twenty-two, Noah builds an ‘altar’ to the Lord and takes of ‘every clean animal’ and of ‘every clean bird’ and offered burnt offerings on the altar, so as to please God.
Question: why does God repeat these simple instructions, and how could these animals ‘reproduce’ if ‘every clean animal’ was taken for a burnt offering? And if one is not too take those words ‘every clean animal/bird’ in the literal sense, thus assuming only a ‘pair’ of animals and a ‘pair’ of birds were taken for the burnt offering, this still leaves us with two pairs of creatures missing, eg the pair of animals and the pair of birds. How would you respond to this, help me to understand, it confuses me somewhat.
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