Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking of every clean animal and of every clean bird, he offered burnt offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:20

“OK, Noah. Here’s what we’re going to do. You are going to go get drunk. I am going to put these animals back together. And we are never going to mention this again.”

…and, some time later, God instructed Noah very carefully to never, ever take the flesh from a living animal.

(This post is brought to you by Mark’s preparation for tomorrow morning’s chapel service. There is quite certainly a longer story in this, but that’s for another time.)