Summary of passage: God blessed Noah and his sons and told them to be fruitful and fill the earth. All animals will fear and dread you and God placed them in man’s hands. God gave everything that lives and moves now as food for man as well as the plants.
Man must not eat meat that has lifeblood still in it. God will demand an accounting from every animal and from every man and accounting for the life of his fellow man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man by man shall his blood be shed for in the image of God has God made man.”
God establishes His covenant with Noah and his sons and with every living creature on earth. God promises to never again destroy the earth with a flood. The rainbow is the sign of this covenant between God, Noah, and all on earth. God will see the rainbow in the sky and remember this covenant.
8a) In John Jesus says we must be born again of water and of the Spirit in order to see the kingdom of God. In Genesis, atonement of a blood sacrifice.
b) I see no difference. All the same. Means we are the image of God and made to be like Jesus.
9) Personal Question. My answer: Probably enhance and ameliorate them.
10) A believer’s mind and heart are opened and receive the indwelt Holy Spirit, which changes him or her to be more like Christ. The veil of ignorance is lifted and Truth enters and reigns. And we now reflect the Lord’s glory and are being transformed little by little into his image.
11) Personal Question. My answer. I had forgotten the rainbow was a sign of the covenant! I had just remembered it was a sign of God’s promise not to flood the earth. I’ll never look at a rainbow the same again. God is good and He is faithful.
Conclusions: Repetitive is the word that comes to mind with this lesson. When I read question 10, I sighed and thought Not again. This question has nothing to do with Genesis 9. It just doesn’t.
I liked the rainbow since me and my kids love rainbows and photograph them every chance we get! We will definitely talk about this one this week!
Although not the best picture, this rainbow is special to me. It was taken on my dog’s last day and she was in the car with us. It was right after her vet’s appointment–the appointment that had given us hope.
I still wonder what God was trying to tell me with this. It was so beautiful I had pulled over to take the picture and I had completely forgotten about it in the chaos of her death until I downloaded my pictures. And Bay was with me that day.
I hope it was a sign that God was remembering her as He promised He’d remember all living creatures. I call it “Bay’s Rainbow” for I truly believe it was put there by Him for her. And for me. She was truly special. And in my heart forever.
And I liked the idea of seeing other’s as images of God. So often we see people (especially relatives) as the broken humans we all are. I would extend this to not just Christians but to all people. For all are made in His image even if the Spirit is not in them.