Genesis, chapters 11-16

Genesis 14:11-16~

Then the victors took all the goods of Sod′om and Go·mor′rah and all their food and went on their way. They also took Lot, the son of A′bram’s brother who was dwelling in Sodom, as well as his goods, and they continued on their way.
After that a man who had escaped came and told A′bram the Hebrew. […]
Thus A′bram heard that his relative had been taken captive. With that he mobilized his trained men, 318 servants born in his household, and went in pursuit up to Dan. […]
He recovered all the goods, and he also recovered Lot his relative, his goods, the women, and the other people.

What I learned:

In this passage, the loyalty of Abram (later Abraham) is center stage as he valiantly steps up to the plate in the search and rescue of his relatives who were being held hostage.
Although it had been Lot who had decided to move his household into the area that wound up being a war zone, Abram pro-actively and without any self-interest or hesitation resolved to organize a campaign to save them.
Abram’s loyalty reminds me of the loyalty God feels for us when we are in trouble and out of options.
“Give thanks to Jehovah, for he is good;
His loyal love endures forever.”
(1 Chron. 16:34).
He is also a God of action, and even when someone falls into the most helpless of states- that is death- he promises to raise them in the resurrection.
“Your dead will live…” (Isa. 26:19).

Genesis, chapters 6-10

Genesis 9:3-6~

Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. Just as I gave you the green vegetation, I give them all to you. Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat. Besides that, I will demand an accounting for your lifeblood. I will demand an accounting from every living creature; and from each man I will demand an accounting for the life of his brother. Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image He made man.

What I learned:

Here God clearly differentiates between the value of a human life vs. animal life.
That God should ‘demand an accounting from living creatures’ means that an animal who shed human blood should be put to death.
Though it is not immoral to eat bloodless meat as a means to survive, it is immoral to take the life of another person.
The only exception to this is if the person who is being killed is in turn guilty of having killed someone innocent.
In such a case the execution of the person who has blood on their hands serves to vindicate the innocent party and thus some level of justice is attained.
However, though true Christians recognize the authority governments have to exercise their right to execute capital punishment, they do not get involved with the political matters behind these cases, as is instructed by Jesus in John 17:16.

Genesis, chapters 1-5

Gen. 2:19~

Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name.

What I learned:

When God delegates a task, he provides the person with the necessary resources for the task to be accomplished.

He is also flexible in allowing the person to take creative liberties and supports the person’s decisions regarding the task.

Being trusting and supportive are qualities worthy of imitating.