Genesis 9: Our Perspective Is Not God’s Perspective

The beginning of Genesis chapter 9 is really a remarkable sign of provision.

When we last left Noah, he was busy building an altar as an act of praise. Now, we hear what God tells him to do now that he has survived the flood.

Gen 9:1  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Gen 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.

Gen 9:3  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

In verse two, it is incredibly interesting that God mentions the fact that the animals will fear humans. That implies that before the flood, the relationship between humans and animals was different.

While I’m not exactly sure what that relationship was like, the simple fact of the matter was that they were not afraid before, and now they would be.

On one level, this is kind of a sad story. Who wants to see any type of creature afraid? Wouldn’t it be better to be friends with animals?

However, on another level, this fear is also necessary for the survival of these animals if you look at verse three. If humans were allowed to eat meat now, the animals needed to be afraid of those humans, or they could have easily been hunted to extinction.

This definitely is not the only time where something that seems a little bit negative is actually a positive thing.

A few days ago, I read through Genesis chapter 3, and if you have been reading with me, you’ll remember that that is the chapter describing the fall of Adam and Eve. If you recall, after they sinned, God made sure that they did not eat from the tree of life.

Again, on the surface, that is kind of a sad story because now humanity could never be immortal. Wouldn’t it be great to never die?

However, underneath, we can kind of see how this is a positive thing. If we were immortal, we would never leave this fallen world. With a very few exceptions, death is the way that we get to heaven assuming that we are saved.

Not a typically happy thought, but you can see how even when something happens that is seemingly negative, God built in a provision to make everything really work out for the better.

Probably not for the last time, I’m going to send it back to another one of my favorite Bible verses.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

A lot of things happen that we may not understand at the time, but our perspective is not God’s perspective.

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About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on July 31, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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