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Connect Group Questions
Randy Pitman

Genesis 9

1. God's way of judgement is perfect and perfectly justified.  Reflect on this statement.  What are your thoughts?  What is your response to someone who asks how a loving God can condemn people to hell?

2. Genesis 9:1 is a reiteration of Genesis 1:28..."Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth."  What is the significance of this command beyond just simply procreation?

3. Prior to Genesis 9:2, apparently animals were not afraid of man.  How does God granting animals this fear show His grace toward them?

4. In Genesis 9:3, God grants humanity permission to eat "every moving thing".  How did this change the dynamic of creation?  What was the stipulation that God gave in verse 4?

5. Genesis 9:4 states God's view of blood.  Blood represents life.  Blood is mentioned 424 times in the Bible.  Why do you think that this emphasis is placed on blood in the scripture?

6. Genesis 5a states, "And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning..."  and verse 6a states, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed..."  How are these verses precursors to today's laws?  How do these verses affirm a pro-capital punishment view?

7. Verse 6b reads, "...for God made man in his own image."  These verse should make us value the life of others by knowing that they are made in the image of God.  In James 3:9, speaking of the tongue, James writes, "With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God."  How does James 3:9 impact you in regards to your speech?

8. Verses 8-11 of Chapter 9 are the Noahic Covenant, which is the verse of several Old Testament covenants.  Interestingly, God doesn't just make this covenant with Noah and his offspring (verse 9) but also with "every living creature".  Do you think that all of creation has some sense that the entire earth will never again be destroyed by flood?

9. Genesis 9:12-17 is the Sign of the Covenant.  The sign of the covenant is the rainbow.  The rainbow is God's sign to us.  How does this change the way that you think of the rainbow?  It's not our sign but God's sign.  How has culture try to rob God of His sign?

10. God is perfect in His grace but He is also perfect in His judgement. Reflect on this statement.  In what other ways is God perfect? How does it comfort you to know that we serve a perfect God?

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