And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”Genesis 9:1-7 ESV
For one whole year Noah and his family remained confined in a giant boat full of animals with only each other. They might have thought at times about when “life would get back to normal.” They likely mourned their lost friends, relatives, and neighbors. They were all that was left, and as much as their thoughts might slip into that line of thinking at times, nothing would ever be the same. “Normal” would never look like the old normal. For the rest of their lives, I’m sure they talked about their lives in relation to before, during, and after the flood.
Regardless of the floating zoo he had to maintain while his old life lay buried underwater, Noah remained a faithful follower of God’s commands and as soon as he set foot back on dry ground, he built an altar and worshiped. As God spoke words of a new covenant, Noah was likely again reminded that the new world would not resemble the one he had lived his first 600 years in.
Now, animals will all fear man. He can now eat animals (good thing since there was probably very little vegetation at that point). Those two significant, and maybe related, changes would imprint the whole culture of the world as the earth would slowly repopulate.
Throughout history there have been a number of events that left a dramatic footprint on the world. We would probably each compile a different list, but even remarkable change that finds its way into the history books, still leaves some things the same.
God is still to be worshiped and obeyed. Human life is to be valued. The earth is to be stewarded.
There are other constants, but we see these three clearly articulated here and often throughout scripture.
No matter how the world seems to be flipped on its head by an event, person, or catastrophe, I am thankful that the sure foundation of God and His word will stand firm.
Dear God, you are timeless. You remind me often that you are not confined to the same limits that I experience and bump up against. No matter how uncertain or constantly changing the world around me seems, or how stuck in a situation that demands I live a day at a time I might feel — You never change. Help my first act to always be worship. May my words be appropriately soft or strong to value the lives around me. And, may I cherish every resource you bring my way and steward it for your kingdom. In Jesus name, amen.