Prayer: Holy Spirit open my eyes to the spirit behind Your word, show me things i need to know, guide me in Your word and empower me to put it to practice in Jesus name, Amen
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.[a] 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.
God establishes a new covenant with mankind, starting again with Noah and his family. He gave back dominion over every living creature even making them fearful of man. What’s even more is that God gives every living creature as well as plants and herbs and fruit to man as food. can you see the contrast from the beginning. in the beginning with Adam; Genesis 1.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”;
God now gave man the fruits and more to eat without prohibiting him (Referring to mankind). Giving mankind even the animals for food which wasn’t His first desire so that there is no excuse for man to sin again. God perhaps, lowered his expectation of man. In Genesis 6:3 God said “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh…”.
Man didn’t keep or even value the covenant with God in Adam’s day; the tree of knowledge and evil and this made God expect less of man than what He made man to be. Ouch!
A question to ask oneself is, Do my actions lower God’s expect of me. This opens up another perspective to the importance of obedience. Because obedience to God shows God that I am a covenant keeper, a keeper of His word and so am responsible. And if responsible, I can be entrusted with what is His.
Haggai 2:8 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
What’s more is that God never tells us to do more than we are able.
1 Corinthians 10:13… No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. (Amplified translation)
Being obedient has nothing to do with trying to be perfect, but rather just valuing a covenant with God with a sense of responsibility. And so one should even ask oneself; do I even know what the covenant is, and what my part to play is for God to be compelled to do His part.
See, so many people in the world are striving to build wealth and for their posterity. this is not wrong. but God said 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33).
God is saying seek first to keep my covenant with you, and the things you desire I can indeed entrust to you because I can see you as responsible with what is Mine. Because every good thing belongs to and comes from God, and we desire the thing that belong to Him.
Obedience determines how God sees me, thus directing how much God will entrust to me and is entitled to defend me and my posterity. Because although God is a God of love, He is also a God of principles and order.
To be continued…