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

It was NOT a NEW rule.  (There were some significant changes in this new chapter, but this was not one of them.)  After the flood, God gave Noah the SAME assignment He gave Adam.  “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”–v 1.

For all the damage and danger of sin (still infecting the heart of Noah and his sons like a virus–see chapter 10) life was, nevertheless, still good!  Still part of God’s plan.  Still worthy of God’s protection. Babies and families and cities and progress and farms and hospitals. . . the steps that men would take to fill and subdue this earth were, in the eyes of the Creator, still good.

It is a life-affirming perspective.  Courage giving.  Hope inspiring.  God is pro-life!  He is pro-your life!  Calls you to be fruitful.  Commands you to be human and in the truest sense of the word.

We still have a world to build.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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