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Lesson # Genesis 9:5-7
Study Material - Genesis 9:5-7
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5 And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man. 6 'Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. 7 'And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.'
God requires the sacrifice from every beast of the clean category. Here in verse 5 is the law of sacrifice now repeated. It was probably given to Adam earlier and is now repeated to Noah and his sons. Remember that Abel and Cain had a difference in their sacrifices and Cain's was the wrong one. Cain ignored God.
Now Noah and his little party are given command to continue the sacrifice practice to remember the principles of doctrine which sacrifices teach, to train their future generations in salvation, fellowship, confession, and spiritual growth, for this is what the sacrifices really teach. We will get into a lot of detail in Leviticus when we study each sacrifice category.
God further requires that every man learn His commands, His doctrines and become saved first, then grow up spiritually second. Faith in Christ, salvation always precedes spiritual growth. Never the other way around. Our lives are not our own, but belong to God. Just as we cannot take away the life of our fellow men, likewise we cannot take our own life. The termination of life is Gods sovereign right, not ours. Suicide is prohibited just as murder is. Suicide is in fact a form of murder of ones self, only the act and penalty of it are carried out simultaneously. No need for a trial and then a sentence.
God sets out the penalty for violence resulting in murder and that is the death sentence. If sin is allowed to run rampant without checks and balances, then the threat to mankind is very real. Sin running unchecked can corrupt the world quickly. But here God gives man the right of executing murderers, not by vigilante action but by due process. If man kills, the key here is if, then once found guilty the execution is carried out. This murder activity is of an intentional nature and motive, not accidental. Some people are total scum through and through and they have top be removed from society. If they are not they society is at risk or paying the bill for their confinement.
Man was made in Gods image and therefore valuable. Life is precious and not expendable. Cruel rulers, cruel supervisors, tyrants who treat people like low lifes, are in violation to Gods command. You may be a leader at work. Treat your subordinates like mature adults and with respect. They belong to God. Certainly stick to company policy and do not let people get lazy on you or take advantage of you. Don't be weak. Establish company policies that are compassionate and fair and not abusive and cruel. Understand the lives of people and their needs. Be flexible and allow for the little glitches in life that come along, kids get sick, cars break down. A manager who does not make plans for handling these kinds of events, who does not have the flexibility to absorb and adjust for the unforeseeable is a poor manager indeed. Be reasonable, and of course don't let people take advantage of your kindness. Be firm and fair.
God commands Noah and his sons to populate the earth. This is fulfilled through the three sons of Noah. Noah lived another 350 years after the flood and had no other children. At least no additional sons are mentioned, which indicates that the sons and daughters of the three sons had to have intermarried almost immediately. All the sons of Noah were of different color. Shem the lighter color, Ham the darker color and Japheth the reddish color. God never prohibited intermarriage within race. Though it probably does not make sense in a society which is prejudiced against such things and would make the lives of the married couple and their children difficult, but we need to live our lives looking toward God and not mans manufactured arbitrary rules. Rules which change with the weather and politics and so forth.
Be fruitful and multiply is commanded and so the human race begins anew from Shem, Ham, and Japheth which history classifies as the beginnings of three races, but were quickly melted into only one race really, mankind. Thus ends the argument for racism. Our genetics are a mixture of all the generations that preceded us. We just happen to have a dominant gene which gives each of us a certain color. Color which will disappear when we die. Dust to dust. The soul has no color, only the wrapper does and the wrapper will get thrown away and replaced with new wrapper at resurrection.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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