GENESIS 9:1-17 STEVE HEYDUCK
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the earth. 2 All of the animals on the earth will fear you and dread you—all the birds in the skies, everything crawling on the ground, and all of the sea’s fish. They are in your power. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be your food. Just as I gave you the green grasses, I now give you everything. 4 However, you must not eat meat with its life, its blood, in it. 5 I will surely demand your blood for a human life, from every living thing I will demand it. From humans, from a man for his brother, I will demand something for a human life. 6 Whoever sheds human blood, by a human his blood will be shed; for in the divine image God made human beings. 7 As for you, be fertile and multiply. Populate the earth and multiply in it.” 8 God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “I am now setting up my covenant with you, with your descendants, 10 and with every living being with you—with the birds, with the large animals, and with all the animals of the earth, leaving the ark with you.[a] 11 I will set up my covenant with you so that never again will all life be cut off by floodwaters. There will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 God said, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I am drawing up between me and you and every living thing with you, on behalf of every future generation. 13 I have placed my bow in the clouds; it will be the symbol of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures. Floodwaters will never again destroy all creatures. 16 The bow will be in the clouds, and upon seeing it I will remember the enduring covenant between God and every living being of all the earth’s creatures.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth.”
Does God love some people more than others? Even though you know the answer is not just “no” but “NO!” sometimes it feels like God loves some people more than others.
As we move into the season of Advent, we are being challenged to let God’s light shine on our lives and in our lives. This passage from Genesis reminds us that God made a covenant with all people after the flood. God isn’t picky! This covenant God makes with everyone! And not only all the people, but with all creatures!
Followers of Jesus have found this challenging over the years. We think of ourselves as God’s people, and sometimes that thought morphs into thinking God loves us more than others. The truth is that we are indeed God’s people; but that means we have joined God in the mission to let all creation know of this great covenant God has made with all things!
Light makes sight possible. Without light, we couldn’t see. With the light God offers us, and everyone, we can learn to see all of creation as beloved by God. That’s the way God wants it. And it’s been that way since Noah. God’s light is our hope, and the hope of the whole world.
Prayer: God, let your light shine in me so others may know your covenant.