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