Wednesday, October 23
Postflood, Part 1
Today's reading: Genesis 9:1-3
After the subsiding of the flood waters, Noah and his family start their "new normal" lives. A big part of this new normal is God's express instructions that Noah and his family can now eat anything on the earth.
"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything." (vs. 3)
Prior to this point, the only command we see about what to eat is back in Genesis 2. Verses 9 and then 15-16 of that chapter say:
"And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. . . The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'You may surely eat of every tree of the garden.'"
This change in diet we now see with Noah intrigued me. So I looked at a commentary, which explained the change as likely being a result of the lack of vegetation in a world that was basically starting up again from ground zero. That made sense to me. Although Noah had all he needed to start over, right off the ark there wouldn’t have been full-grown plants and trees with the ability to bear mature grains, seeds or fruit. The world as Noah and his family knew it was no more. It was truly a fresh beginning and a new time.
But in that new time the one thing that hadn't changed was God. He was still there—in control of all things and watching over and providing for Noah and his family.
What do these verses reveal about how God loves, cares and provides for His children? What's one example of when God has provided for you and your family in a time of change or in a new season of life? Tami
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