Monday, July 3, 2017

Genesis 9

God blessed Noah and his family after the flood, and told them to eat clean animals as their food in addition to grain and vegetables; but never eat animal unless the life-blood has been drained off. God forbid murder, for to kill a man is to kill someone who had been created in God's image. Willful killing ought always to be punished with death (v6). Then the Lord made a covenant between Him and Noah's descendants; never again to send another flood to destroy the earth. The seal of this covenant was the rainbow, to be placed in the clouds as a sign of His promise in all generations. The drunkenness of Noah is recorded in the Bible and his sons Ham appears to be an unruly man. When Noah became uncovered in his tent, Ham told this to his two brothers. But Japeth and Shem took a robe, walked backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, as they look the other way. As a result, Noah declares a curse on Canaan, the son of Ham, and blessed both Japeth and Shem. The lesson is that, we should protect our brethren and avoid exposing their nakedness in front of others. God bless.

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