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Outline Genesis Chapter 9

  1. Noah and his family are told to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, and they would have dominion over all animal life. 1, 2
  2. God gives instruction on what man can eat. 3
  3. God gives specific instruction about shedding the blood of any creature including mans.  4-6
  4. God again reaffirms His command to be fruitful and multiply. 7
  5. God establishes His covenant with Noah by the bow He sets in the sky as a promise not to destroy the earth or living creatures by a flood again. 8-17
  6. Noah and his sons leave the ark and follow God’s command to replenish the earth. 18,19
  7. Noah becomes a farmer and gets drunk on the (alcoholic) wine he makes. 20,21
  8. Ham sees the nakedness of his father in the tent and tells his brothers, who go in backward and cover their father Noah. 22,23
  9. Noah awakes and realizes what has happened and pronounces a curse on Cainan the son of Ham, who had usurped the authority of his father. 24 – 27
  10. Noah lives 350 years after the flood and a total of 950 years and then dies. 28,29

 

Questions from Genesis Chapter 9

  1. What is so special about the blood in Man and beast? Answer – The physical life of any creature is in the blood. It is also intended, perhaps, to teach that the life of the animal, which is in the blood, belongs not to man, but to God himself, who gave it. He makes account of it for atonement in sacrifice; otherwise it is to be poured on the ground and covered with dust Lev.17:11-13. . No blood was eaten under the law, because it pointed out the blood that was to be shed for the sin of the world; and under the Gospel it should not be eaten, because it should ever be considered as representing the blood which has been shed for the remission of sins. Blood must not be looked upon as a common thing, but must be poured out before the Lord, 2Sam.23:16. God said that we should not eat blood because the life of that animal is in the blood. When an animal is killed to eat, the blood must be drained so as to insure the life is gone before any other preparation.

 It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all sin. 1John 1:7; Rev.1:5. Noah and future generations were being taught the importance of the blood. The physical life of any creature was precious and to be seen that way. Most especially the blood of a human life was not to be shed; and if it was that one that shed that blood would have their own blood shed whether it be man or beast. Gen.9:5,6 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

  1. What is so interesting about the bow in the sky that God uses to remind of His promise? Answer – Though scientists can explain how a rainbow is made they fail to realize the greatest importance of the beautifully coloured bow in the sky. God put the rainbow there for a specific reason. It was to be a visible sign to man of God’s covenant, that He would never destroy the earth with a flood again. So, the rainbow though explained by scientists, miss the greatest thing about the rainbow – the Promise form God. The rainbow is God’s doing and like everything else God does, it is marvellous in our eyes. Two scriptures mention the rainbow…

Rev.4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.  Rev.10:1  And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:  Rainbows are made by God! I don’t recall any water droplets necessarily in the third heaven, or a sun to light them but there is still rainbows in the third heaven. I like to understand science because God is the Creator of all things and holds them all together and gives us minds to try to understand His creation. We must hold to the scriptures though and not miss the greatest thing about rainbows; God made each and every one!

  1. Why does God make special note of Noah’s drunkenness? Answer – Whatever the reason for Noah’s drunkenness, God’s word speaks volumes on the effects of alcohol on the most pious of men. What I mean is that did Noah intentionally set out to get drunk or was he fooled by the wine. I would believe Noah knew what he was doing. He simply drank and maybe did not expect the result in its greatest form but nevertheless it did cause him to be drunk. Noah was sleeping off the effects in his tent and something could be said for that privacy. Nevertheless Noah did wrong and it cost him. Here was a man used of God in the most special way and still the sin nature rears its ugly head. No one is exempt from the corrupting power of sin on their own. Noah had a lapse in judgment, he let down his guard and it cost him. God didn’t have to tell us of this seemingly one failure in Noah’s life except that we should learn the lesson that we should never trust the flesh!
  2. Just what did Ham do wrong in the incident with his father Noah? Answer – Ham stumbling in, or even cautiously entering his father Noah’s tent was not wrong on Ham’s part as far as I can tell. The problem was how Ham handled the situation. Now, just to help Ham out a bit; I am sure he was very taken back by the state he found his father in. I don’t believe he ever saw his father sprawled out naked in his tent before and not cognizant of what was happening. His father was drunk and he was surprised. He immediately goes and tells his two brothers, Shem and Japheth. Now the two brothers had not seen this situation and could have been spared the loss of dignity they must have had for their father. Ham could have just covered his father and talked to him in the morning or when he woke up about the incident. This could allow Noah to explain what happened in at least how and why it happened to be used as a good example not how it all played out. Ham downgraded his father’s authority and stature in the eyes of his brothers. Ham should have let his father deal with the results of his behaviour with God. Ham should have covered his father and talked about the incident with God and his father at a later time.
  3. What exactly was the curse put on Ham? Answer – Well as the scripture says that the decendants of Ham would be “…a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” So instead of being on par with his brethren and to have honour and lordship over much, Ham was subjugated to servitude of his brethren. The Canaanites were conquered and in modern times it is well known that most of the nations of Europe traded in African slaves. “A servant of servants” means a slave of the most abject kind. “Unto his brethren.” If the doom of slavery be referred to the race of Ham, then his brethren are the descendants of Japheth and Shem, who have held many of the Ham’s descendants in bondage. If we limit the sentence to Kenaan, then his brethren may include the other descendants of Ham. Ham simply lost the blessings of being a son of Noah because of his response to a bad situation.

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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