Follow Me: Starting Over

starting overObservations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Genesis 8[1]

God’s initial command to the survivors of his judgment is similar to the command he gave Adam and Eve – “multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”[2]

Upon exiting the ark Noah built an altar and offered a burnt sacrifice. The sacrifice was an “acknowledgement of the sin nature and a request for renewed relationship with God.”[3] The sacrifice pleased God. He made a decision as extreme as destroying everything to start over. Never again would God curse the ground or destroy all living creatures. As long as the earth endures there will be planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.

Once again humanity is appointed as ruler of planet earth with a few modifications. There won’t be any more serpents spouting lies about God. God put the fear and dread of humanity upon the animals.

No longer is humanity limited to a vegetarian diet. God gave everything that lives and moves (animal, plant, bird) as food. The only exception is eating meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

God promised an accounting would be required of every animal and human who took the life of another human being. He also gave humanity the right to take the life of any human who shed human blood.

For the first time, I see God make a covenant. His decision had affected all living creatures. Therefore, this covenant was made with “all life on earth.”[4] God’s concern for all living things is consistent with his claim that he created all things.

I am beginning to see God’s character come into focus. He regretted what he started, but he had made a promise to destroy the serpent’s lies. He did not quit. He started over by wiping the slate clean, making adjustments and moving forward.

 

[1] All Scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[2] Genesis 1:28, Genesis 8:17

[3] http://www.gotquestions.org/burnt-offering.html

[4] Genesis 9:17

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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