Genesis 9:1-7 (ESV)
9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The
fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving
thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your lifeblood I
will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
are three big statements in today’s reading. The first statement is that God tells Noah and his sons to be fruitful and to multiply. So they are to have lots of kids to replenish the earth with people. Second, God causes all the animals
to fear man. This will make getting along with animals difficult. Third, God opens up animals for eating. I’m sure they had a big bbq or cooked a lot of hamburgers. Man is no longer to be a vegetarian, but a meat eater as well.
I pray: O Lord, bless this meat to the nourishment of my body… Amen!