Tracing God’s Kingdom Program and Covenants. Part 3: Human Government

Human Government

This administration starts with God giving Noah the same responsibility He gave to Adam: to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:1). Verse two goes on to say that “The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bid of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.” This indicates God has made Noah the administrator of His kingdom on earth. This authority given to Noah is extended in verse six: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God has God made man.” This verse is the start of human government. Pentecost empathizes this point by stating “…divine authority was conferred on human government to exercise oversight over those who lived under jurisdiction.” He goes on to say, “It was the responsibility of human government to curb lawlessness by punishing the evildoers.” 

Of course, men failed under this form of theocratic administration as well. They rebelled in Babel and lawlessness continued (Genesis 11:6). God then ushered in a new form of theocratic administration. 

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