We’re continuing in Genesis today with chapter 9.
- This chapter has some interesting things for us. First, at the end of the chapter God tells Noah that a rainbow will be the sign of 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 it’s “lifeblood” was gone. God insisted on this point and even said if anyone (human or animal alike) disobeys this rule God would punish them. God made special mention to avoid 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 and so God values us over all the rest of creation.
There’s a lot of cool things for us today in our reading. The first was a simple rainbow, something we take for granted probably. 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. 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. Do you ever struggle with depression or low self image? Next time you’re having a tough time remember how highly God values you.