In the beginning, punishment for disobeying God is pain and hard labor. Eve fell for the snake’s deceit, therefore women has to be ruled by men. When Cain killed his brother Abel, his is cursed so that the ground would not bear fruits and has to be a wanderer.
Genesis 3:16-19 (God) Adam and Eve punished.
16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 3:11-12 (God) Cain cursed, ground would not bear fruits.
11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”
In Noah’s time, some angels disobey God, leaving their post and marry daughter of men producing giants. Men’s life span reduced to 120 years. Men’s evil was in great abundance. God regrets making men, destroyed men with flood.
GENESIS 6:1-3 (author) Angels married daughter of men, life span of men reduces to 120 years
1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”
Genesis 6:4 (author) Giants offspring of Angel and women.
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
Genesis 6:5-7 God regret making men.
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
Noah found favour in God and started the practice of burnt offering. With obedience and the pleasing aroma God relent and promise never to curse the ground and never to destroy earth with flood. The punishment for sin from then on shall be in kind, blood for blood, life for life.
Genesis 8:20 (author) Noah practice burn offerings.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Genesis 8:21-22 (God) Will not curse ground for men’s evil, while earth remains.
21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Genesis 9:5-6 (God) blood for blood. Life for life.
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.
Genesis 9:11-13 (God) covenant of rainbow.
11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come.13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.
In Abram time, the punishment of blood for blood, life for life results in Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed for their sin. This punishment is replace by animal sacrifices when God wanted Abram’s only son, Isaac to be offered for burnt offering. When Abram obeyed God’s command, God replace Isaac with a ram. It is through Abram’s obedience that an animal is allowed as a replacement.
Genesis 22:1 (God) Issac to be the burnt offering
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Genesis 22:12-13 (Angel) animal sacrifices
12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
Because of how easy it is to sacrifices an animal, the practice of animal sacrifices as burnt offering becomes a mindless, heartless practice without obedience. Job fearing that his children would offend God in their continues feast, simply made burnt offering instead of educating his children. His children were all killed and Job was devastated. That’s why Samuel says obey is better than sacrifices, to presume otherwise is a sin, with consequence as in worshiping idol.
Job 1:4-5 (author) mindless, heartless burn offering without obedience.
4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed] God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 (author) obey is better than sacrifice, presumption is as iniquity and idolatry
22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”
In current age, many thinks that Jesus’s sacrifices at the cross would atone for the sin of those who believes in Jesus and that alone is adequate to achieve salvation, with everlasting life in heaven. With the ease of how sin is removed, these men sins continually. We can see from history, the way sin is atoned is completely dependent on God’s decision and God’s decision changes according to men’s deed. Stay faithful to the one true God, obey his command and try your very best to do the right thing. God understand men is weak, that is why Jesus came to live with us. But we still need to put in our best effort, God the Almighty, creator of heaven, earth and all living would then allow Jesus to help us the rest of the way.
Elias, Malachi 4:4-5