Genesis 9 When did man start eating meat?

October 9, 2011

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 terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” Gen 9:1-7 (NASB)

Within the boundaries of God’s blessing were some changes that give us insight life before the flood regarding man and animals. This is not just trivial information for our curiosity, it also reveals a fuller extent of the result of sin and point to a time when a new heaven and a new Earth will be created.

All living creatures apart from man would NOW fear man for good reason. They are NOW to become food for man. In the garden, “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 (NASB) Man’s diet started as vegetation. There is no evidence that man ate meat at all until this point. Outside of sacrifices, it is not known of the killing of animals. Now that God has given every creature as food for man, he will also pose some stiff regulations.

There were no regulations here regarding clean and unclean animals. Everything was food. Only when God gives His law will specifications be drawn for the purpose of separating a holy people. The only stipulation at this point was that it had to be dead or without its lifeblood. What a barbaric picture this paints for me. On one day, man and animals co-existed in harmony and the next day fear gripped them.

Today, that same fear exists and is maintained by the power of God. We have no knowledge of the new Earth and the existence of animals, but if they are there, the fear will be gone. I look forward to the day when that kind of fear is forever gone.

Looking into eternity,


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