This Month's Promise

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation ... ”

- (Mark 16 : 15)


Read: Genesis 9:1-17


A NEW BEGINNING AFTER THE FLOOD


“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number . ..” (Genesis 9:1)


After the flood, there was a new beginning on the earth. It is indeed difficult for us to realize what a revolutionary beginning it would have been! Can you imagine driving down in a highway going to work in the morning and there are cars in front of you, around you, behind you, all of them honking - you are in a terrific traffic snarl! Then about a year later, you go out in the same highway and there is no other car except yours. You might as well take down all the traffic lights. You will not need them because you are the only one driving through! Well, this was the experience of Noah after the Flood. He and his family were the only folk around. When they came out of the ark, the Lord blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9: 1) Secondly, the Lord said to Noah, “The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea.” Here again there was a revolution. All the animals were tame before. That is why they all lived together in Noah’s ark when the Flood was impending. They seemed to have no fear of each other and also of Noah. But after the Flood, animals began to fear and dread man. Thirdly, the Lord said to Noah, “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the plants, I now give you everything.” There was now a revolution in food habits. Man who was a vegetarian before the Flood became a non-vegetarian. However, God prohibited the eating of blood. (Genesis 9:4) Thus we see that in this new covenant which God has given, man is to propagate the race, he is to have protection and rulership over animals, he is given a new provision for food and prohibition against eating of blood. As a sign of His covenant the Lord placed a rainbow in the sky that He will not destroy mankind with flood again.


Dear friends, our God is a covenant-keeping God. Are we faithful in keeping our covenant with Him?




PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, you have blessed us to be fruitful and to increase. You have given us rulership over animals and nature. Let us not misuse the provisions you have given us. Let us faithfully keep your covenant and honor you always. Amen.