If you are a Jew or a Christian that believes Genesis is The Book of Beginnings, The First Book of the Pentateuch, The Word of God through the Prophet Moses – then some parts of the movie Noah may trouble or even offend you due to the “artistic license” Hollywood took with the original script – that is Genesis six through nine. I have attached Genesis six to nine at the end of this note for you to read if you like. It only takes a few minutes. If you see the movie and note anything I missed let me know. The things I noted are:
1. Noah’s Grandfather Methuselah becomes a hermit and lives in the mountain alone and also plays the role of a combination of the source of all wisdom and a bit of a magician and healer. I couldn’t help but compare this character to the aged Wan Ben Kenobi in Star Wars.
2. In their pre-flood travels Noah and his family come upon a severely wounded young girl and took her in as their own. She was so wounded that she was made barren. Later in the film Methuselah heals her of her barrenness and she and Noah’s oldest son have sex and she delivers two babies – both girls – while on the Ark. Genesis speaks of those who came off the Ark as the same who went into the Ark. More on this one later.
3. The film portrays “fallen angels” as super-sized creatures “The Creator” turned into stones – called the “watchers” – who as a group were almost wiped out by the evil of mankind. A few of them survive in the remote area where Noah plans to build the ark. Somewhat hesitantly they serve as protectors for Noah and his family and do the heavy lifting and wood work for the ark.
4. Genesis clearly states that Noah, his wife, his three sons Shem, Ham and Jepeth “and the three wives of his sons” – Genesis 7:13 -enter the Ark. In the movie only the oldest son has a wife on the ark and there is a sad scene where Noah is under siege from the locals as the flood begins and he saves Ham but leaves Ham’s “woman” behind to die in the attack. More on that later. Jepeth is portrayed as too young to have a wife.
4. Noah and his family have a pitched battle with the forces of the evil king Tubal-Cain* and just barely get into the ark by killing the attackers as the flood waters rise. While this is happening Tubal Cain somehow manages to chop a hole in the side of the ark and sneaks on board. When you think of it – if he cut out a hole large enough to allow a big man into the side of the ark – how could the ark remain waterproof and buoyant? This oversight really annoyed me. Additionally, as Noah and his family enter the ark I did not see the film’s portrayal of the key verse in Genesis 7:16 “and the Lord shut them in.” Perhaps I missed it but it seemed that Noah cut some rope that held the door open and the door to the ark closed.
* In Genesis 4: 17 to 22 the descendants of Cain are listed. The seventh son of the generation of Cain was Tubal-Cain – “the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron.”
5. Further complicating this moronic plot twist of the intruder on God’s Ark – Ham finds and befriends Tubal Cain – who plays the role of the great temper – a satan like role – and Ham feeds and takes care of the tempter Tubal Cain by hiding him from Noah. Later in the film in a moment of high drama Tubal Cain makes a last ditch effort to kill Noah and claim the ark and everything aboard as his own. He even kills a couple of the animals along the way for food.
6. About an hour and a half into the movie Hollywood’s Noah develops the theory that all mankind is evil – none of them are worth saving – including his family and himself – in direct contrast to Genesis – and he has a twenty minute period in the film where he frankly goes a little crazy. Noah envisions a new world which is for the animals only – repeat no humans. His wife opines that the the pressure of the huge assignment God has given him has overcome Noah. This is the part of the movie that just dragged out so slowly that I began to check my iPhone for the time it was taking. To me, this view that humans are totally evil and animals are totally innocent is not only repudiated in nature but contradicts the promise of God for a Redeemer, The Messiah who is promised throughout the Old Testament to redeem mankind from their sin.
7. In the meantime the adopted daughter, now the wife of Shem is pregnant. Noah goes ballistic and says if the child is a girl that could bear children and carry on the line on human kind he will kill the child. You can imagine the stress this causes between Noah, Shem the adopted daughter and Noah’s wife and it drags out like a bad cold sore.
Well there it is friends – Jews and Christians alike – the things I noticed in the film that did not sit well with me in that they bear no basis from The Book of Beginnings – Genesis.
I still think you should see the movie. Try to think of it as a movie made by Hollywood to make money and not something meant to teach you all the truth of Genesis six through nine. To read that truth all you have to do is scroll down and read it for yourself.
Many blessings to us all in the day and age of increased spiritual activity – both good and evil.
Wickedness in the World – Genesis Chapters Six through Nine – brought to you courtesy of The Creator via the Prophet Moses
6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Noah and the Flood
9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
7 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
8 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
God’s Covenant With Noah
9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.
7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
The Sons of Noah
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.