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I am feeling so much joy this morning about using this blog as I originally intended it … a place to journal about what I am reading and pondering as I read through the Bible again. The words “filling” and “satisfying” come to mind as I think about the Bible. It amazes me that as I start through it again for the third time in three years, I daily see something new, or see something that strikes me in a new way.

This morning in Genesis 9:3-6:

Any living creature that moves about shall be yours to eat; I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only meat with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat. Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life.

Anyone who sheds the blood of a human being,
by a human being shall that one’s blood be shed;
For in the image of God
have human beings been made.

Christians often discuss which Old Testament laws are still binding to believers and which were for certain people at a certain time. My best friend follows the dietary laws that God gave Moses – no pork, no shellfish. She was never condemning toward others who didn’t and she was joyful about following it herself, and we talked about it sometimes.

This passage confirms what I had come to believe from my own studies on the topic – the dietary laws had their place and purpose for the Israelites for a time, but before that time God gave man “all” creatures to eat and I believe that after that time, the New Testament returns man to being free to eat “all.”

Another thing that stood out for me this morning was abortion; I can’t help but think of it in light of this passage – read it again:

Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life.

Won’t God demand an accounting for each of those lives that was being knit in its mother’s womb by God Himself, in His own image?  It breaks my heart for all of us.

Anyone who sheds the blood of a human being,
by a human being shall that one’s blood be shed;
For in the image of God
have human beings been made.

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