New world. New rules.

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 9:1-17 (day one)

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.”–v 6.

Disembarking,Noah and his family entered a new world.  Empty of people and animals (except those on the Ark), it was a new chapter.

Some things were the same.  God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” remained in effect.  The sinfulness of the human heart was still present.  See 8:21.  (Especially instructive because it now referred to Noah and the members of his family)

Some things had changed.  A new covenant gave assurance that God would never again destroy the world in universal judgment. Not, at least, until the end of time.  “While the world remains” says 8:22.  See also 2 Peter 3:7.  In place of His direct intervention, God also gives the responsibility to men to protect human life.  He institutes capital punishment.

Every war, every police officer is a reminder.  Romans 13:4.  In this new world, the deterrence to unjust force will be just force.


Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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