Genesis Chapter Nine, A New Beginning & An Old Problem... 

In our study of Genesis chapter nine, we will look at the new beginning that was given to mankind when Noah and his family left the ark. We will see how it was a new start for man but there was still the old problem of sin that had entered the world. 

Genesis 9:1

"Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.'" NIV translation

At the end of chapter 8, we saw that Noah had built an altar and presented offerings to God. Now, we see that God blessed him and his sons for that. The word "blessed" actually means something like "no worries" and God reassured them that He would be with them and so they did not have to worry. 

Genesis 9:2 & 3

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

Have you ever wondered how we got from animals just walking up to get into the ark to where we are today with animals being afraid and avoiding man? We see the answer here in that they were now given to man as food. Animals can sense many things and so they knew that it was dangerous to be around men after this.

Genesis 9:4

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

With this new start, God gave the animals to man for food but we were told that the blood could not be in it when it was eaten. The blood contains life and God is the only one that can create life and so it is reserved for Him.

Genesis 9:5 & 6

"'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. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.'" NIV translation

God created every drop of blood and He knows all of the life on this earth. This passage speaks of the fact that He is the owner of His creation and nobody has the right to take the blood (life) of their fellow man.