Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jan 29: Genesis 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • At the end of the chapter, God tells Noah that a rainbow will represent God’s promise to all creation to never allow a flood to destroy the earth again.
  • Also, did you notice that after God told Noah to make lots of babies, God told Noah he could eat meat? Does that mean that before the flood everyone was a vegetarian? We’re not sure, but it’s interesting to think about.
  • After God told Noah they could eat meat, he told them to make sure its “lifeblood” was gone. God insisted on this point and even said if anyone (human or animal) disobeyed this rule, God would punish them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God specifically mentioned avoiding killing another person. But did you catch why? God made it very clear in verse 6 that it’s because of the great value he places on each human being. We’re made in his image, so God values us over all the rest of creation.
  • And God tells us how each person has great value to him because we’re created in his image. Of all of creation, only humans are created in the image of God. In fact, most of the guidelines God gives us to live by are to protect us from hurting ourselves and other people around us because we’re so valuable to him that God even wants to protect us, even from ourselves.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • There are a lot of cool things for us today in our reading. The first was a simple rainbow, something we probably take for granted. Next time you see a rainbow, remember God’s promise and know he’s looking at that rainbow too and thinking about how much he loves you.
  • Do you ever struggle with depression or low self-image? Next time you’re having a tough time, remember how highly God values you.