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Lesson # Genesis 9:1-4
Study Material - Genesis 9:1-4
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1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
Jere. 29:11, God has plans for mankind. He has plans for each of us, and they are plans for our better life and not for adversity. Eph. 1:11, God has a purpose for our lives. He works things out in accordance to His own counsel and decrees as established in eternity past.
In the last chapter, God thought and blessed. Now here as we begin chapter 9, God speaks and blesses. He blessed Noah and his three sons. Here He is blessing the fathers of the seeds of mankind in these four men. The seed of the woman has already been blessed in Eve and that has never been removed. That seed of course is the ultimate seed, Jesus Christ.
God blesses all the sons. Notice that even Ham is blessed as well as Japheth even though the line of Christ does not proceed through them. They are no less than Shem through whom the line of Christ continues. Yet they all three will have failures in their lines down through the coming centuries. No one of them is more significant than the other. No one of them is the seed of the 'super race'. There is no such thing as a super race. All mankind is wicked from birth. Christ is the only unique exception to this.
God gives blessing and the future of mankind begins with these men, then the earth is given to them as well. They were given possession again and the right to food from every living thing. Prior to the flood the food source was the plant life and the angels through their infiltration with human women, took the ownership away from man. They lost this in the flood of course, and man now has it back. The angels who violated Gods law with their interaction with mankind are now locked up in Tartarus, one of the four compartments in the underworld called Hades. Of course unbelievers go to Torments, and believers of the Old Testament went to Paradise, and the Abyss currently houses some pretty bad demon armies. Those are the four compartments. See the chart on Hades in the image section on the Index page.
Everything that lives including the plants which God has previously given to man is now available for food. Thus ends the case for vegetarians. The living food chain excludes mankind however. Man has ownership and control over the animal and plant kingdoms, but not ownership of his fellow man. This is excluded, thus slavery is not allowed.
Psa. 115:16, God gave all the earth to man, but the heavens, the higher things in the spiritual realm, belong to God and cannot be attained by man by mans own efforts. Only through Gods efforts can man attain by gift, the spiritual life. First by salvation through faith in Christ and second by spiritual growth to maturity, the ultimate in the spiritual life in this world.
There is one exclusion with respect to animal food. The animal cannot be living. It must first be slaughtered and drained of its blood, which is the life basis for animal life. Note the difference between the life source of animals, biological, and the earlier revealed life source of man, the breath of life from God.
Man is body and soul, biological life and soul life. Animals are only biological life. No evolution can occur between these two distinct classes of life. The monkey did not suddenly develop a soul then receive life in the soul from God. Man has a third potential life, which is the spiritual life received upon mans faith expression in Christ. Here the human spirit is regenerated, reborn, and the human spirit receives eternal life from God. This completes the three components of man and parallels the threesome of the Godhead. The life of animals is in the blood. Likewise the life of man in the womb is biological and attached to the mother via that umbilical cord. Sever that cord without the imputation of human life from God and the fetus dies, or rather never comes to life. At the point of birth, we receive human life from God into our soul and the first evidence of this is the first breath taken by the infant.
Taking biological life is ok, but the taking of human life is forbidden, strictly. Man is never available fas a source of food for man, only animal life is permitted. Another reason for removing the blood from animals prior to eating it, is the disease it can pass from lack of preparation. So drain it and cook it. Just common sense too. I can't imagine eating something that can still look at me. But some cultures have their own unique diets. Oh well.
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