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Did You See That? October 11, 2016

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Welcome back to our story, faithful readers!

As the scene opens, a very interesting statement is made by God to Noah. And this statement literally changes everything.

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. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”  Genesis 9:2-3 KJV

Apparently, before the flood, there was no fear between mankind and animals. No dread, no fear. Doesn’t that make you wonder what life was really like between mankind and animals? I don’t know that real life was the same as life in Narnia, where the animals talked with people and they worked together, but there was definitely a strong enough difference in how the two got along before the flood, and how they were going to get along after the flood.

And then in the next verse, God says every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. So what did Noah and his family eat before then? Did they eat only certain types of animals, such as sheep? Or did they eat only vegetables and fruits? We don’t really know for sure. What we do know is that God made a declaration that changed everything. The animals would no longer be friendly to the humans, they would instead be fearful of humans. Plus, they would all become food for humans.

This, dear readers, is a big change for Noah and his family. They had to learn to hunt, to trap, to fish (if they weren’t already doing so), and to kill different animals.  They were already performing sacrifices, so they already knew how to skin an animal. But did they know how to scale a fish and prep it for cooking? Did they know how to pluck feathers? Or was this going to be a new skill they had to acquire?

Life changed in big ways for Noah and his family. The animals were now afraid of them. And it makes me wonder if Noah and his family would now become afraid of the animals. Now, they didn’t have to become afraid. But what does an animal do when it feels trapped and it’s scared? It growls. And how does a person react when an animals growls at him, usually? He reacts with fear. He tenses up. He doesn’t know what the animal is going to do, so he becomes afraid of the animal.

A whole new world, clean from the sin that covered the earth before the flood. New possibilities, and new opportunities, but also new responsibilities, and new thought processes. A lot to absorb and learn!

When life changes suddenly, it can be scary sometimes. It can also be frustrating, and challenging.  Isn’t it good to know that our God, the Father of all of us who follow Him, is there for us. He is willing and ready to help us through all the sudden changes we experience. Rest in that as you end your day, and sleep knowing that He is watching over you.

And next time we will cover the second big change that happened after the flood.