4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

6  “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 9:4-7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

God created man in God’s own image. Think about this for a minute. We are created in the image of the living God. We have personality, we relate to one another, we have a sense of right and wrong, etc.

So important is it to God that we are created in his own image that we are to execute any who do not respect the imago dei — the idea that we are created in God’s own image.

When a person intentionally kills another, he is taking a life created by God in God’s image. Respect for life is so important to God that we must take the life of any person or animal who kills another.

How can that be? It seems a contradiction. But it is not. God told Noah that he and his descendants could not eat blood and must execute those who shed the blood of another because blood gives life.

Life is paramount to God. The death and resurrection of Christ gives all of us eternal life if we belief in Christ. We should not treat life frivolously and we should value it so much that we should take the life of those who do not share that value.

It is amazing to think about.

But there is something else amazing to think about. God values our lives — you and me. In fact, it may be that God values our life more than we value our own. We have purpose. That purpose is to glorify God. He has a plan for all of us. We may spend our lives wondering what that is, but in living we fulfill God’s plan.

When we are down and depressed and perturbed about our plan, our path, and our cause we need to understand that God created us in his own image — and he values it so much that he believes the lives of others, also created in his own image, should be ended if they do not respect life and take it wantonly.

Look in the mirror. God made you and he made you in his image. Above all creation you are special because of it. Rejoice.