Lent 2022 Day 6

Lent 2022 Day 6

Tue 8 Mar

Gen 9:1-7 God's covenant with Noah

1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

4 ‘But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

6 ‘Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. 7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.’

We see covenants, agreements and contracts in all areas of human interaction.

Much of God’s interaction with individuals and groups is based upon covenants, contracts that may be one-or-two sided agreements. In a single sided covenant, God makes a promise. There are no obligations attached. It stands as a promise. The rainbow (Gen 9:12-17) is a sign of a one-sided covenant. God makes a promise, and, as long as the other party holds to the clauses, it is kept and fulfilled by God.

After Noah and his family came out of the ark, God gives them all other living creatures for their use. We see a move from vegetarian to omnivore. Vegetarians are not denied God’s protection, however. Read about the teetotal vegetarian, Daniel (Daniel 1).

A new covenant has been put in place. There is a part that man has to play. God is still particular about the way that food should be prepared, stressing the importance of the lifeblood, the flow of nourishment and life support for the body. Lifeblood is also the mark of a created being, and God will expect an account of every creature that has blood. In this covenant, blood is a sacred component of our makeup.

Do you think our modern animal food-production methods meet the requirements of this covenant? Is it important that we keep to this covenant?

Why do you think that God is particular about blood?

Father God, it is clear that your covenants are put in place to bless mankind. I thank you for the promise implicit in the rainbow, and for the variety of food that you offer us to eat, whatever our dietary preferences. Remind me of the part I play in upholding your covenant. Amen.