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he quarantine seemed like it would  and his family permission to eat animal
              never end. Outside, people were  flesh (Gen 9:3), which would especially
        Tdying faster than at any time in  provide for their immediate needs once
        world history. At last, the curve flattened  they left the ark. Although God has not
        and sharply dropped. There were no new  given us a new diet, perhaps we have
        deaths because everyone outside was dead.  discovered anew the sustaining power of
        But the lockdown wasn’t over by a long  God’s Word over the past few weeks and
        shot.                                months. A steady diet of newsfeeds, social
          Noah and his family would spend a year  media posts, and binge-watching leaves us
        of their lives in quarantine in obedience  empty, frustrated and malnourished. But
        to a mandate from the Governor of the  turning to the Scriptures, we have found
        universe. Staying in their new “home”  the satisfaction our souls deeply crave. As
        would keep them safe from the floodwaters  we reenter our “new world,” resolve to fill
        which would overwhelm and destroy a  your soul daily with the milk and meat of
        world ravaged by wickedness. When that  God’s Word. Only then will we have the
        destruction was complete, the waters had  necessary strength to spiritually survive
        receded and the “Stay in the Ark” order  and thrive.
        was lifted, Noah would step out into a   Finally, Noah was given a new sensitivity
        whole new world. When he did, God gave  to the value of life itself. God had told Noah
        Noah a few “new” things.             the reason why He would destroy the world
          Noah and his family were given a new  with a flood – “all living creatures must die,
        start. Essentially repeating the creation  for the earth is filled with violence because
        mandate, “God blessed Noah and his sons  of them” (Gen 6:13 NET). The murderous
        and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply  actions of Cain and Lamech had become
        and fill the earth’” (Gen 9:1 ESV). God  the norm. Life, made in God’s image, was
        was giving humanity a second chance. As  so cheaply appraised. So God gave Noah
        lockdown mandates are being lifted across  a new command to address this disregard
        portions of our globe and we reenter our  for life: “Whoever sheds human blood, by
        “new world,” look at your situation as an  other humans must his blood be shed; for
        opportunity to make a new start. Fill the  in God’s image God has made humankind”
        earth with a godly influence. Disinfect the  (Gen 9:6 NET). While quarantined, we have
        world with the good news of our Lord  seen many lives lost, not from homicides
        Jesus Christ. Unmask the joy you have  but from a virus, and the death toll grimly
        in Christ and watch it spread. Pray that  rises every day. But as we reemerge, let us
        Christianity goes positively viral.  not forget how precious each life is and let
          But Noah was also given a new sustenance,  us be sensitive to how valuable our own
        a new diet. In addition to the promise of  lives are. Life is a gift from our Creator and
        permanent seasons ensuring a continual  He expects us to live it for His glory as the
        food supply (Gen 8:22), God gave Noah  essential workers we all are.

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