Saturday, February 2, 2013

Genesis 9:1-17

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 9:1-17. 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?)
  • God tells Noah that there will be consequences for anyone who takes the life of another human being.
  • God tells Noah that the rainbow represents God's promise to never allow a food to destroy the earth again.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The reason God tells Noah that people are not to take the life of others is because of the great value he places on each human being because we're made in his image. Only humans are created in the image of God, so God values us over all the rest of creation.
  • When we see rainbows we can remember God's promise and know he's watching out for us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you ever struggle with depression or low self-image? When you do from now on remember that you were created in the image of God, and pray that you'll stay focused on how highly God values you.
  • How do you treat other people? What people in your life do you treat like they're not valuable? Those people were also created in God's image, and are highly valued by him. We need to treat people like that. Is there someone you need to apologize to? Someone you need to start speaking to in a different way?