Summary of Genesis 9:1-7:
God blessed Noah and told him and his sons to be fruitful and multiply. Here, God makes the animals fearful of man. He gives man everything that lives and moves for food except for meat that still has lifeblood in it. God will demand an accounting for spilled human blood and animal blood.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 6, Day 4: Genesis 9:1-7
9) God blessed Noah and told him and his sons to be fruitful and multiply. Here, God makes the animals fearful of man. He gives man everything that lives and moves for food except for meat that still has lifeblood in it. God will demand an accounting for spilled human blood and animal blood. In Genesis 1:28-30, God tells Adam to be fruitful and multiply and to rule over all the animals. He only gives man plants to eat here.
10) Personal Question. My answer: I’m definitely an animal lover. I’m the weirdo stopping to move praying mantis off the bike trail. I definitely value human life. In the US, we value animals more so than in the past. Unsure on human life. We talk the talk, but not necessarily walk the walk.
11) Personal Question. My answer: God wants us all to value all human life. It challenges me to love those in my life who are hard to love. I do need to pray more for my country and the world.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 6, Day 4: Genesis 9:1-7
I love the emphasis on the sacredness of life and how there will an accounting for taking it. I love how you attack God’s image when you attack His people. Good stuff.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 6, Day 4: Genesis 9:1-7
Do you ever wonder what Noah thought having seen the world before and now seeing this new world and how different it must be?
Since humanity is starting over, God gives Noah the same commandments as He gave Adam, except now man can now eat animals. This may be because the earth is less fruitful than it was before. Since man would be eating animals, God made the animals afraid of us for their protection. This gives me hope that in all of heaven there is no fear, and I can finally pet lions!
FUN FACT: The word blood is used in the Bible 424 times in 357 separate verses (in the New King James Version).
Blood in the Bible
- Blood is the sign of mercy for Israel at the first Passover (Exodus 12:13).
- Blood sealed God’s covenant with Israel (Exodus 24:8).
- Blood sanctified the altar (Exodus 29:12).
- Blood set aside the priests (Exodus 29:20).
- Blood made atonement for God’s people (Exodus 30:10).
- Blood sealed the new covenant (Matthew 26:28).
- Blood justifies us (Romans 5:9).
- Blood brings redemption (Ephesians 1:7).
- Blood brings peace with God (Colossians 1:20).
- Blood cleanses us (Hebrews 9:14 and 1 John 1:7).
- Blood gives entrance to God’s holy place (Hebrews 10:19).
- Blood sanctifies us (Hebrews 13:12).
- Blood enables us to overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11).
- Jesus’s blood makes us holy.
This passage is where the justification for capital punishment comes from. Murderers attack the image of God, which means they must be held accountable. Like our laws, the Bible emphasizes the difference between murder and killing. Sometimes killing is justified, such as for capital punishment or self-defense. Capital punishment does fall on the shoulders of the government (Romans 13:1-4). As we saw with the murder of Cain, the guilt of unpunished murder defiles a land (Numbers 35:31-34).
God says to be fruitful and multiply because the earth was empty once again.
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