Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Genesis Bible Study notes- Chapter 9


Chapter 9-

-As Noah and his family begin their post flood life God blesses them and commands them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. From Noah and his sons the whole earth was repopulated.

-There was fear of man and terror placed on every beast of the earth, the bird of the sky, everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea are given into man’s hand and can be eaten as food (in other words God declares all foods essentially clean at this point as He will do again in the New Testament, Mark 7:19, Acts 10:11-15) just as God had given every green plant. Only God said not to eat the flesh with its life, that is, its blood (same restrictions put on Gentiles at the Jerusalem Council, Acts 15:28-29).

-God requires life for life in the case of murder for both man and beast because man is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).

-God establishes His covenant with Noah and his descendants and every living creature. It is unconditional; all flesh will never again be “cut off by the waters of the flood, neither shall there be again a flood to destroy the earth.” God gives His rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant with man, which is perpetual as God sees His bow in the sky.

-Noah’s sons are listed: Shem (from which we get Semites), Ham, and Japheth. Ham sees his father’s nakedness as Noah gets drunk from the wine of his vineyard and unclothes himself. This results in the cursing of Canaan, Ham’s son and blessing on Shem and Japheth who walked in backwards and covered their father’s nakedness and shame. This shows how evil and sin still existed in man’s heart, even those who walked with the Lord and were saved from the flood. Noah acts as a poor example to his sons in this instance.

-Noah lived 350 years post flood and passed into eternity at the age of 950 years.

Verse to Memorize: Genesis 9:11

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