Genesis 9

Keys

  • 🔑 God's commandment to Noah and his family - Be fruitful and multiply. Bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.
  • 🔑 God made a covenant with Noah that he would never send a flood again to destroy the earth.
  • 🔑 The seed of Canaan was cursed, and it was a prophecy of the coming trouble of the lineage.

Passage

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

God’s Promise to Noah

1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man.
7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth
And multiply in it.”

8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Noah and His Sons

18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.

20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.

25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”

26 And he said:
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”

28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

Notes

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.” - This is seen today. People are at the top of the food chain.

Verse 5 through me for a spin. It was confusing. Here it is in the NLT - “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die.” That makes more sense.

“Be fruitful and multiply. Bring fort abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.” This is the commandment of God to Noah and his family, and their descendants. Their job was to reproduce and create more people.

Then, God establishes a covenant with Noah (and us) that never again would there be a flood to destroy the earth. He represented this by introducing the rainbow every time there is rain. He reiterates this covenant multiple times - I think He’s really trying to get our attention.

“These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.” So that means that Noah didn’t have any more kids. Every single person is of the line of Noah (and thus, Adam).

The story of Noah’s nakedness in verses 20 - 29 is somewhat confusing. Why would someone be cursed for accidentally seeing someone naked? They were under a different covenant back then. But, the best explanation that I could find was mentioned in the AMPC (amplified classic translation). It states:

“The language of Noah here is an actual prophecy and not merely an expression of personal feeling. That Noah placed a curse on his youngest grandchild, Canaan, who would naturally be his favorite, can only be explained on the ground that in the prophetic spirit he saw into the future of the Canaanites. God Himself found the delinquency of the Canaanites insufferable and ultimately drove them out or subdued them and put the descendants of Shem in their place. But Noah’s foresight did not yet include the extermination of the Canaanite peoples, for then he would have expressed it differently. He would not merely have called them “the servant of servants” if he had foreseen their destruction. The form of the expression, therefore, testifies to the great age of the prophecy”. (J.P. Lange, A Commentary).

It says that when he woke, he was aware of what his youngest son had done to him. God must have made him aware of the coming trouble of the seed of Canaan.


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