Genesis 9

Genesis 9 has Noah and his family off the ark.  “God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”.  There is a new start happening here, and Noah and his sons and their wives have some work to do – they have to restart the human race and take on the responsibility that God has given them – to be over every beast and bird and all creatures large and small on land and in the sea.  God has set Noah and the boys up to be caretakers of his creation in round two.

God makes a covenant with Noah.  “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you”.  God wants a relationship that will last for eternity.  “I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth”.  God promises not to flood the earth again.  He won’t destroy mankind again.  He has made the decision not to take the same route again, even if mankind returns to their sinful ways.

And not only did make a covenant, God gives Noah and all mankind a sign.  “I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth”.  The rainbow is God’s promise that no matter what happens, man won’t be wiped off the planet again.  God makes the covenant something we can see and will remind us of the covenant He has made.  I saw a rainbow yesterday, and it reminded me, without even really thinking about it, that God is in a covenant relationship with us.

Noah has a bit of a lapse of common sense as he tends the land and gets drunk on the output of his vineyard.  He was laying naked and was lying in his tent.  His sons Shem and Japeth covered him to protect his honor, but Ham had seen Noah’s nakedness and that brought about Noah’s wrath on him.  Ham is banished to be a family of servants to his two other brothers as a punishment for his lack of respect.  Noah was around for some time after the flood.  Remember he built the ark at 600, and “After the flood Noah lived 350 years. All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died”.  Plenty of time to help oversee the repopulation of the earth as God had instructed.

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