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January 18, 2014
Genesis 9:1-7; Psalm 8:4-8
We live in a day when human life is no longer regarded as sacred. The devaluing of life is spreading through violence and abortion; and the push for euthanasia is further destroying the sanctity of human life.
All of these problems stem from the erosion of the Bible as the standard for truth in our society. Without the Bible, there is no basis for affirming that humans are created in the image of God and that human life is sacred. For the survival of our nation and culture, we desperately need to understand and proclaim the biblical truth regarding the sanctity of human life.
When Noah and his family emerged from the ark, all human and animal life, except for that on the ark, had been destroyed. It was a new beginning for the human race, which God had judged because of its corruption and violence (Gen. 6:11-13). It is significant that one of the first things God affirmed to Noah was the sanctity of human life.
Genesis 9:1 and Genesis 9:7 show that human life is to be propagated to promote God’s purpose on the earth. Human life has priority over animal life (Gen. 9:2-4; Psa. 8:6-8). Genesis 9:1 says that “God blessed Noah and his sons.” God’s blessing here provided for the propagation, priority and protection of human life.
Psalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
This verse describes the care our Creator used as He brought each of us to life. Everything about us drew God’s close, personal attention and brought a smile of approval to our Father’s face – even before we took our first breath.
You and I were uniquely formed in our mother’s womb. When we fail to care for the hungry, to honor the elderly, to protect the innocent or to respect individuals who are different from us, we offend the One who made us all.
Our text clearly shows that since God values human life, so must we.