Genesis 9:1-11 – The Terms of the Noahic Covenant

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

 2And 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.

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

Here in this chapter we deal with the Noahic covenant and God shows us three things that pertain to mankind.

1.       Meat is ok.

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


Fire up the barbeques!!!!  Meat is now all right to eat.

Noah receives the same instructions that Adam had. He was to be fruitful, to multiply, and to eat (Genesis 1:29-30, 2:15-17)

The only difference was that now Noah was told that man could eat meat. Meat is OK! You can now fire up that grill because beef was for dinner!!!!!

Here are some reasons why this might have been ok now:

1)      Vegetation might not have been as productive as it had been before the flood.

2)      There are those who believe that meat can ward off evil spirits!!!

They believe that meat was necessary, not just for flavor but to repel demonic spirits who had taken possession of men and had interaction with the women (Genesis 6:2) They take this from 1 Timothy 4:1-3

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

 3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:


Either way, the hunger for meat was now inside mankind. He was ready to eat some steaks!!!!

At the same time, fear and dread towards man was placed inside of the animals. They were delivered into the hands of man, but not for fun. Man couldn’t just walk up to them and they would lie down and wait to be slaughtered and eaten. Man was now going to have to work in order to get his meat.


2.       Man is responsible


 4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 5And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. 

Man is now responsible to both mankind and the animal kingdom. The world has changed. Things aren’t better but they aren’t worse.

Man has not changed though

Proverbs 21

Genesis 8:21

21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done

There are three institutions God has established.

1.       Family

2.       Church

3.       and here we see Government with the basis being capital punishment

Man is responsible to respect the blood

Man is responsible to life (the blood)

The blood is precious. Man could catch and eat animals but he couldn’t eat anything raw. Man had to show the proper respect for the blood when eating an animal because the blood was their life principle.

Leviticus 17

 8And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,

 9And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

 10And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

 11For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

 12Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

 13And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

 14For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

Deuteronomy 12

 23Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

 24Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.

 25Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

The blood is precious, not only because it is the life principle of all living beings but because of the precious blood that was shed for you and for me

Matthew 26


26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

 27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Hebrews 9:14
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 10:29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

The responsibility of shedding blood was upon everything and everyone.

1.       To the animals

2.       To the hand of every man (this could include suicide)

3.       To everyman toward each other

6Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Capital punishment

Life is now required for life. We are required to keep the death penalty. Why???

Because man was created in the image of God. Man is totally depraved and God knew what comes with the hunger for killing!!!

This decree restrains man’s depravity

Romans 13

 1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

 4For 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.

Because unpunished murder defiles the land

Numbers 35

31Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.

 32And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.

 33So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.

 34Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.

Yes this law can be misused and abused but the principle intent never changes. When murder and sin runs rampant the whole nation is punished and suffers. When things get out of whack, when the terms change and become more of a slap on the hand than justice, that nation is surely in trouble

Man is responsible to the earth

 7And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.


4.       My covenant is with all the earth


 8And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

 9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

 10And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

 11And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

God promises to never again destroy the earth with a global flood. However when things do become like Noah’s day, God will destroy the earth by fire!!

Matthew 24

37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

2 Peter 3

 1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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