God’s Covenant with Noah
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
K.J.V. Bible Text
God blessed Noah and his sons, telling them to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” He gave Noah dominion over every creature of the earth and told him that all that lives and moves would be food for him just as the green plants had been given for food.
In this way, God clearly shows his love for man. Even though He has said that men are evil in their ways, He gives them dominion over all that is on the earth.
However, God had a few rules. He ordered Noah not to eat meat from anything with the lifeblood in it. In other words, although beasts may tear flesh from another living thing in order to eat it, man is prohibited from doing so. God also tells Noah that he will be required to account for what he does with his life and that he will demand an accounting if a human takes the life of another human.
I believe God made this rule for Noah and all that followed him because human beings are made in the image of God and all humankind belongs to Him and all of us are precious to him.
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