Genesis Lesson 6 Day 4
God blessed Noah and his Sons.
9. God said to Noah and his sons . . .
God blessed them then gave them the following instructions:
Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth—”have many children to repopulate the earth.” (Genesis 9:1 TLB)
You can eat all living things, not only grain and vegetables.
Never eat meat unless the blood (life) is drained out of it.
If any human or any animal kills a human, the one that committed the murder must die.
Take dominion over the earth and subdue it.
God said to Adam in Eden (Genesis 1:28-30)
God blessed them.
Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish, the birds, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
I’ve given every seed-bearing plant, and all the fruit trees for your food.
The animals, birds, and live creeping things may eat all the grass and plants for food.
The first three are the same. In the generations after the flood, diets for humans and animals changed. Man can eat animals, birds, and fish and animals, birds, and fish can hunt and eat other animals.
God drew the line at killing or eating humans because they are made in God’s image.
Any human or living thing that takes the life of a human must die. He also drew a line at eating meat with the lifeblood still in it.
10. Current beliefs
Man has the God-given right and responsibility of capital punishment, but many oppose it. In the US, 24 states still have the death penalty, 23 have no death penalty, and 3 states have Governor-imposed moratorium against it even though the states still have the death penalty. *updated 6/11/2023
Today, many in our culture don’t consider abortion murder and mislead women to believe the fetus doesn’t feel pain, have a heartbeat, or resemble a human.
11. God considers life valuable.
He charged us with enforcing justice, even when a person is killed by an animal.
In its original languages, the Bible makes a distinction between killing and murder. Not all killing is murder because there are cases where there is just cause for killing (self-defense, capital punishment with due process of law, killing in a just war). There are other instances where killing is accidental. This is killing, but not murder.1
The Bible also consistently teaches that the punishment of the guilty is the role of human government (Romans 13:1-4) to restrain man’s depravity. It also teaches that the guilt of unpunished murder defiles a land (Numbers 35:31-34). As Luther said, “God establishes government and gives it the sword to hold wantonness in check, lest violence and other sins proceed without limit” (cited in Boice).1
I pray that our world will return to justice as defined by God in His word.
Again, the following verses come to mind:
“If I shut up the sky so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
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My answers, research, and notes for BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Genesis Lesson 6 day 4