Genesis 9 (ESV)
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 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.
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth . . . Continue Reading
This Looks Familiar
Before the flood, Noah was considered, “a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). After the flood, God established a new covenant with Noah and his offspring and Noah “began to be a man of the soil” (Genesis 9:20). The only “walking” in this chapter is when Shem and Japheth took a garment to cover their father Noah’s naked body as he lay passed out from drunkenness (Genesis 9:21).
I guess when God tells Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply, Noah took “fruitful” literally.
This looks familiar.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam (and Eve) sinned after eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Like Adam, Noah “enjoyed” the fruit of the vineyard and the effect of his sin is seen in his nakedness.
Shem and Japheth covering their father is like Adam and Eve who realized their sin and covered themselves (Genesis 3:7). Ham saw that Noah was naked but did not cover his father. Instead, he told Shem and Japheth and they covered him.
When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor, he cursed Canaan (Ham’s son), anticipating the deeds of later generations in the acts of their fathers as is done throughout Genesis.
After all this drinking and cursing, how does this chapter end? Noah dies.
Just like the narrative in Genesis 9, I got caught up in what Noah was doing while the focus was taken off of God speaking to Noah as he established His covenant with him.
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Reading, reflecting and writing from the Bible has so radically impacted my life in Christ, it’s as if I’ve been on auto-pilot when reading the Bible in the past. There’s something about “sitting with the text” and through prayerful reflection, sharing what comes to mind. Because I’m posting online for others to read, I consider my words carefully and try to be clear and accurate.
This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”
I hope this encourages others to be in God’s Word every day.
For God’s Glory,