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God's Magna Charta

The Rainbow Covenant

"Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."

(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 9:1-17)

Moving Forward

In the last article we'd journeyed through the moment that dealt with God remembering Noah after the fatal forty days and nights, that the Great Flood of Judgement had enacted upon mankind and the earth.

We'd learned how Noah would start off using a raven, when it came to scouting the lands for dry ground.

We would later learn that Noah would end up turning this scouting task over to the dove.

Not too long after this had happened, Noah and his family were finally given permission by God - to leave the Ark.

Now after this had happened, and Noah had left the Ark - the Sacred Record informs us that he would immediately build an altar unto the Most High God.

Know that Noah would use this altar, to offer up sacrifices to the Almighty. Also know that shortly after Noah had done this, God makes a promise to humanity through Noah: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy the living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." -- Genesis 8:21,22

Keep in mind that this article will cover the continuation of this divine promise by God.

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The "Magna Charta" Breakdown - Fear & Love?

Be that as it may, we now move forward...

Now after this had happen, God presents, what I like to call His "Magna Charta" to humanity and the earth. Now let's begin by exploring this divine pledge a little bit further, by taking a closer look at what God had spoken unto Noah and the new world.

"Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth."

Know that once again, God had placed a new world before humanity, therefore reminding mankind that this earth was in fact created for them: "Since this world was created for you, go out and take occupancy of it by being fruitful and filling it with your numbers."

"The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands."

Now it's at this point that God gives mankind the position, of being able to subdue, and rule over all the inferior creatures that inhabits the earth. For the Lord - once again, gave humanity dominion over them. But notice that there's a difference this time around, than before, when God had first created mankind?

Remember when God had gave Adam this command? Know that this order of power between humanity and the creatures of the earth, was done through LOVE. But this "power" that's now being mentioned by God - means that the authority, that humanity will now have over the creatures of the earth, will be established through FEAR - instead of love.

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Permission to Eat the Meat of Animals?

"Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."

Also notice that it's at this point, that we find, for the first time, God gives mankind the permission to eat the meat of the animals. Notice that before the Great Flood had came, when God had first given Adam the command, keep in mind that the diet of the human race, was limited only to the seed-bearing plants of the earth (fruits & herbs and possibly - roots): "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." -- Genesis 1:29

Keep in mind that when you read this passage, you must be careful not to run (verse 29) into (verse 30) too quickly. For in (verse 30) God starts to give the beast, and the birds of the earth their own menu of life. For if you read it too quickly, you could easily think that God had included the beast and the birds for mankind to eat as well, during the recording of that particular account:

"And to all the beast of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground, everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food. And it was so." -- Genesis 1:30

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Why the Change in Diet?

Now one could wonder and put forth the question: "Why did God all of a sudden, allow humanity the option of eating the meat of animals?"

And I would have to admit that this question is warranted, and unfortunately the Sacred Record does not say why. But if we were to be daring in our assessment of the diet change, we could possibly assume that the reasoning behind the change, would be, that the earth had just came out of a major flooding, and it's very well possible, that the Great Flood had destroyed the earth's ground surface, the ability to produce vegetation consistently during that time.

By God giving mankind the permission to eat the meat of animals at this point, know that this would help, to insure that there would be more than enough food for the human civilization to survive on, while making the transition from the old natural world to the new.

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Murderers will Pay a Price?

"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it."

Understand that although God had allowed mankind the option of eating the flesh of animals. God did not want the animals to be tortured, or left to suffer when they were being killed. Even though the human-being is the highlight of God's creation, the Lord still has tremendous love for all that He has created, including the animals.

"And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man."

Here we find that God makes the vow that all murderers will be dealt with, either in this life or the next. Understand that murderers will pay a hefty price for the taking of innocent life.

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The Rainbow Covenant?

And God continues on...

"This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember you and all living creatures of every kind.

"Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth." -- (Genesis 8:12-16)

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So we've taken a good look at God's Magna Charta - that He'd spoken to mankind and the new natural world, after the Great Flood of Judgement had ran its course upon mankind and the land. However, be that as it may, we begin to journey forth, and it's at this time that we'll begin our introduction to Noah's three sons (Shem Ham and Japheth), and his grandson Canaan.

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