And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 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. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 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.
“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
by: Dorothy Noel.
Noah was the new father of mankind and, as such, the mandate of mankind—to fill the earth—was passed on to him from Adam (Genesis 1:28). God’s plan for man did not change, even in the wake of extreme evil and a complete restart of the population. This was not a do-over or second chance but a continuation of the work God began at creation. If, in such extreme circumstances, God continued to exercise His sovereignty, how much more can we be sure He will do so in our world today?