The animals went in two by two…well, yes that’s true. But according to this passage, those animals deemed ‘clean’ had the majority of pairs – each kind having seven pairs while the ‘unclean’ only had the one.
This is interesting, as we don’t get these laws of clean and unclean announced until later in the bible. Certainly not in Genesis. Is this written in deliberate retrospect of this – are we to take some form of symbolism here? Seven once again occurs – seven the number of completeness. Seven pairs of clean animals. Seven days before the flood begins. Is our story teller reaffirming the thoroughness of the plan, the fullness of its intent?
It’s going to rain for forty days and forty nights.