Monday, August 22, 2016

Instructions from God

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.
Genesis 9:1-5, NKJV

Instructions from God

The flood was over. It was time to advance forward, but first God gave some instructions to Noah and his family. 

First, God commanded Noah and his family to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Second, God noted that the fear and dread of man was on every other creature. Third, God reminded Noah that he was free to eat meat, but he must not eat the blood of the animals. Let us look at each of these instructions from God.

"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth." Surely that must have seemed to be an impossible task. When Noah and his family looked around, they were surrounded by land. Though the animals would also be alive on the earth, they were the only people. Yet, here we are several thousand years later, and the earth has, indeed, been filled. There are very few places on this earth that remain mostly unpopulated.

Second, God placed the fear of man upon all animals: "On every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea." In other words, man was again, like as in the case of Adam and Eve, given dominion over all of the creatures. Though these same creatures had been protected by Noah and his family on the ark, yet now they lived in fear of Noah. This fear caused them to scatter, for they, too, needed to repopulate the earth with their kind.

Thirdly, God reminded Noah and his family that they were not to eat the blood of the animals. Not only would God demand a reckoning from the hand of every beast if they killed man, but God also required a reckoning from man if he ate the lifeblood of the beast. In other words, life is precious. All life is precious.

Oh, that we would understand that today. We have mistakenly placed more value on some than others. Babies in the womb are no longer protected, and the old and infirm are next. We have foolishly forgotten that God places value on all life--the life is in the blood. As such, those who spill the blood of humans will face a reckoning from God. If not on this earth, then at the end of time, God will require a reckoning from them.

Of all the instructions and commands God could have given to Noah as he faced the immense responsibility of repopulating the earth, these are the things that God deemed as most important.

Let us, today, seek the heart of God in all things. As children of God, let us be careful that we do not adopt the foolish and careless attitudes of the world regarding the life of other humans. May we see that all life is precious in God's sight. As He gave that life, so it is up to Him, alone, to determine when that life will end.

That is pretty clear teaching, yet, it is largely ignored today. What have we done? How have we so quickly removed ourselves from the clear teaching of God's Word? Let us remember that the Bible is God's manual for us. The Word of God is our manual of instructions for all of life. By His grace, may we truly fear God and keep His commandments.

God Bless You,


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