In the aftermath of the great flood, what’s left is what God wants us to know is important: life. Life is the way we participate in the essence of our Creator God. And that life is so important that absolutely nothing could completely blot it out – not even the waters of the flood. What humankind had done to bring on the flood was not enough for God to allow that deed to completely blot out all life from the face of the earth. Indeed, God preserved life in the Ark so that, even in its impure and imperfect state, it could be brought to perfection in these last days.
These last days came about through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. What the flood could not wash away was cleansed completely by the blood of the Lamb. Unfortunately, Peter and the Apostles did not yet understand that. Jesus rebuked Peter not just because he was slow to get the message, but more because his kind of thinking was an obstacle to the mission. The mission is about life, and nothing must interfere with it.
We are the recipients of the command to be fertile and multiply. This command is not just about procreation of life, but also about defense of life. No one is to shed the blood of a person, because that person is made in God’s image and likeness. We believers must receive that commandment and actively defend life from conception to natural death. We defend human life because it is the promise of eternal life for us. We cannot miss the mark as Peter did. We must be on board with the mission and let nothing deter us from carrying it out.