THE RIGHTEOUSNESS O F NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 7: GOD BLESSES NOAH
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
We Praise God today as we did yesterday and we pray that we will have the strength to Praise
God tomorrow. We Praise God for we know that God will bless the righteous. Thus our prayer is
for Faith, Patience and that God will increase our Faith. With Faith we can walk in the path of
righteousness and be blessed. The blessings of God bring Joy and Peace. As bear witness to this
fact the blessings surely descend.
There are important revelations in the story of Noah. The 9th Chapter of Genesis is no exception.
As we move to conclude the Noah story and the revelations of the primary scripture we resume
with Chapter 9.
Genesis 9: 1. "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,
and replenish the earth."
This verse is a second notation of Genesis 1:28 where the same command was made. The command here is clearly to replenish the earth and not a certain area. Thus they were to spread throughout the earth
Genesis 9:2. "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered."
The superior status of man was not damaged by his fall from grace. (See James 3:7). Man has been blessed by God with intellect thus he is forever able to rule over all lower animals. Lower animals only have superior strength but the ability to think can supersede brawn. Therefore man is clearly superior to lower animals thus further complicating the theories of the evolutionists. (Also see Hosea 2:18).
Genesis 9:3-5. "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (Also see Deuteronomy 12:15 and 14:3).
9:4. "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." (Also see Leviticus 17:10-14).
In the third verse we see the first time which man is instructed to eat the flesh of animals. In verse 4 and 5 the blood is noted as life whether it be of man or beast. Various commandments extend from this passage. In this passage we see that vengeance is to be had on bests that cause the death of a man. (We see specifics on this measure in Exodus 21:28). The word brother is noted in verse 5. This same brother is also noted as the executioner. We note for the record that in the Bible the word brother is always related to siblings but often reflects the next of kin. Also we note the brotherhood of Jesus Christ and Christianity.
We will now bring up for review verse 6 in this Chapter and note the reality of Capital Punishment.
Genesis 9: 6. "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
This is the first time in scripture that capital punishment is proclaimed. This law has never been repealed by the Lord. This law also does not hold to any time, dispensation or religion. As an established principle of justice and logic all laws must be based on some motive etc. for its existence. The basis or motive for this law is that man was made in the image of God. Se the following scripture for the proof that man is made in the image of God: 1 Corinthians 11:7, Colossians 3:10, James 3:9.
Since man is still made in the image of God then the murder should be put to death. This punishment also should be administered by man and not God. Many believe that capital punishment was under the Old Law but not in force now. For the record since we are adamant about the system of tithes under the Old Law as being obsolete we will undoubtedly draw criticism here. However tithes which were never money anyway are much different from this commandment by God. This law was decreed long before the Old Law or time of Moses. Also it is not the kind of law that is affected by time, dispensation or religion.
Meanwhile the New Testament strictly reinforces the principle of capital punishment.
Romans 13:4. "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."
There is only one use of the sword and that is to take life. Here the Apostle states that the officer of the sword is the minister of God. No doubt Paul in this passage endorses capital punishment.
Acts 25: 11. "For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if the be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them I appeal unto Caesar."
In this passage Paul notes that there is something worthy of death. Therefore if Paul had not favored capital punishment he could not have referred to the possibility of doing anything worthy of death. He also said that he would not refuse to die. This is the same as consenting to it provided that he had done something worthy of death. (Also see the 25 verse in this chapter).
No doubt that God plainly teaches that capital punishment is in order for those that murder other human beings.