Genesis 9 has three parts
- God’s covenant with Noah
- The curse on Canaan
- Death of Noah
The Covenant (vs 1-17)
God blessed Noah and his sons, and said:
- Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth.
- The fear of you and the dread of you shall be in every beast of the kearth, and every fowl of the air, upon all that moves on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea.
- Into your hand are they delivered. (God again gives man dominion over the animals, as in Genesis 1:26)
- Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (Until now God allowed both man and animals to eat only herbs. Genesis 1:30) But you shall not eat flesh with the life in it, which is the blood of it. (This thought is echoed in Deuteronomy 12:23, which says, Be sure that you do not eat the blood; for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh.)
- Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: because God made man in his own image.
- Be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it.
- I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you and with every living creature that is with you. All flesh shall not be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there ever again be a flood to destroy the earth.
- For a token of the covenant between me and you and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth for perpetual generations, I set my bow in the cloud (rainbow). When I bring a cloud over the earth, the bow shall be seen in the cloud and I will remember my everlasting covenant, and the waters shall not become a flood to destroy all flesh.
The Lord will never destroy the earth by water again, but He will destroy the earth by fire.
1 Peter 3:7,10-13 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men …But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Canaan Cursed – (vs 18-27)
Noah’s sons who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Ham is the father of Canaan. The whole earth was populated of these three sons of Noah.
Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and was drunk. He lay uncovered in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brethren, who were outside the tent. Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and went into the tent backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Since their faces were backward, they did not see their father’s nakedness.
Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
Noah: Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
The qualities of the parents are sometimes emphasized in the children.
The Canaanites became the enemies of God’s people.
Death of Noah – (vs 28-29)
Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Hall of Faith – Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.