9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 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. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 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.
“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 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. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.
Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
He also said,
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem;
and let Canaan be his servant.
May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.”
After the flood Noah lived 350 years. All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
Genesis 9 Commentary
by Hank Workman
The life of Noah is a statement of being committed in obedience to the long term project of which God calls His people. The message of his life resonates to us as well. The world at that point was filled with evil and Noah stood alone in the sea of atrocities. He was diligent for 120 years in the construction of the Ark which saved him and his family. He encountered a storm that was horrific and yet came through. God was faithful as Noah was faithful.
Many times we have trouble sticking to a project or a calling. Things come against us, we run into snags and become disheartened. Yet the life of Noah stands as a shining example of staying committed to what God asks of us, even when it makes no sense. Where in your life does this resonate for you? What project has God called you to where at the moment it makes no sense? Where has He asked you to build even though there’s nothing to prove of what He’s told?
Genesis 9 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Noah was unique in the sense that his life spanned two different worlds. He saw the corruption of the world before the flood and, unfortunately, he witnessed the corruption after as well. Overall, Noah’s example plays a significant role in how we understand the New Testament prophecies.
“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.Luke 17:26-27 NASB
Jesus is answering the question posed by the Pharisees, “When will God’s Kingdom come?”
He goes on to compare such a time to the days of Noah. It’s not a moral charge, but a casual preoccupation with daily activities. Many will ignore the words of God and go on their way. Some, in the same way as Noah and his family, will respond to God’s instruction and by faith, they will be saved.
Faith can be defined as “the conviction of things not seen.” Noah’s faith should encourage us that God will deliver on His promises. The future events promised by God stirred up a trust in Noah to follow through while others simply took the attitude of “business as usual.” This is such a practical and challenging truth to consider. Are we responding to God’s promises in a way that causes us to live life with trust and faith?