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Category: Genesis 9

12-3-2015 Genesis 9:24-29

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24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants. He shall be to his brethren.” 26 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant. 27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant.” 28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

Wow!  Does the punishment fit the crime?  I’m not sure.  The curse of Canaan, son of Ham’s  seems extreme.  There must be more to the story.  In verse 22, Ham saw his father’s nakedness.  This is a reference to incest.  “If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them” (Leviticus 20:11).  Maybe a pregnancy resulted from this act.  Either way, I think something really bad happened, and it was sexually related.  What does this mean?  Sin is sin….right? Yes, and I believe that all sins are forgiven if one repents, however I think this type of act (whatever it was) leads one towards evil.  This ultimately leads to destruction.  There is one who fixes all of this and that’s Jesus! Jesus has the power to forgive all our sins.  It’s up to us.  When we turn our life over to Him, and allow him to guide us, we turn away from the evil of this world.  The definition of repent is to turn away.  Jesus is waiting… all we have to do is ask.  But if you’re not sure or don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

12-2-2015 Genesis 9:18-23

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18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. 20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

Here we see that Noah gets drunk and was naked.  Most likely, since he was in his tent, his wife was with him.  Ham comes in  and sees this.  No big deal…right?  Actually when you read the Hebrew text from Leviticus 20:11 it states: “The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness…”  So we could conclude that Ham had sex with his mother.  I’m not sure if this is what happened.  There is several other views about this, however what I see is Noah got drunk, and either did something stupid, or passed out and was oblivious to his surroundings.  I believe the lesson here is to be sober.  Wine is mentioned throughout the bible, however it is very specific about the abuse of alcohol.  We all have either been the drunk or seen someone in this state.  Drug and alcohol abuse is a major problem in our society, and for the most part misunderstood.  Addiction has touched everyone’s life in some way.  I myself struggled with addiction at different times in my life.  It seemed to always manifest most during emotional struggles.  I relied on alcohol to fill the emptiness I felt.  People would ask me why I drank so much, but never cared to ask why I was thirsty.  I found that the thirst I had could only be filled by Jesus.  Jesus said: “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).  We all thirst for something. Whether its drugs, alcohol, sex, power, money, prestige, etc…  All of these are things that never satisfy.  As with Noah, alcohol caused problems in my life. Today instead of using alcohol to fill the hole, I use Jesus.  And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).  Whatever ails you, Jesus is the answer.  But if you’re still confused, unsure, or don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

12-1-2015 Genesis 9:12-17

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12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Here again we see God speaking about His covenant.  In other words, His promise, His commitment, His guarantee, His word.  How many of us today are good for our word?  I know we expect others to be good for their word, but how does each of us do individually?  I used to think that I was always a man of my word.  I came to realize that I was influenced by so many outside forces that I could easily be swayed and justify breaking my word.  When I commit myself to God’s word, then and only then is my word good.  James the brother of Jesus wrote: ” If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach” (James 1:5).  When we rely on God’s word, prayer and meditation for direction, we make sound decisions based on love and compassion.  James also tells us: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6).  We need faith to be stable, and to not doubt the word of God.  So how do we have faith with all the other things going on around us?  Paul the apostle told us: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  We must spend time with God.  We need a relationship with Jesus.  Hebrews 11:6 states: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  If we seek God He is “committed” to hearing and answering us.  This is the true formula for success. All of us desire respect, love, and commitment. We can’t do it by ourselves.  Jesus can give us this by trusting in Him.  Then we become the person that can be trusted, the person that is committed, the person that is good for his/her word.  But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say or do…just say Jesus!

11-30-2015 Genesis 9:8-11

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8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Here God establishes a covenant.  Covenant is defined as a contract, agreement, commitment, guarantee, promise, etc.  You get the picture.  This is the beginning of God’s promise to redeem man.   When God makes a promise you can count it.  The same can’t be said for us.  Just look at our daily lives.  Everyday people get married and make a lifelong promise to the other, however 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.  The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher, and this is our biggest “promise” or “commitment” we ever will make.  Even the ones that stay married still fall short of their promise.  Some are unfaithful, abusive, or just not attentive.  So what does this mean?  I believe it shows us just who we are, and who God is!  The Bible tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:4-6).  God will tell you which way to go and He is the only one that won’t let you down.  For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).   As far as each of us, we need to be committed to God, so we can be more committed to others.  When we turn our will and our life over to God and allow him to direct our path, we become more like Him.  Then our promises towards others will be more lasting.  We will never be perfect, but we can repent when we fall short.  When we fall we sometimes need help getting back up.  Jesus said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).   God has promised to be there no matter what, and to lift us back up!  But if you’re tired, confused, lost, or just don’t know what to say or do….just say Jesus!

11-20-2015 Genesis 9:4-7

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But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. 6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. 7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.”

In these four verses the word blood is mentioned four times.  I believe God is trying to make a point here.  In the book of Leviticus  Moses wrote:  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls” (Leviticus 17:11).  So life is in the blood, however blood must be shed to atone for sins.  There is a penalty to pay for sins and it must be paid for in blood.  The writer of the book of Hebrews writes: “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22).  So if the life is in the blood, and blood has to be shed to be made right from sin, death must occur.  A sacrifice has to be made.  Jesus is and was that sacrifice.  Jesus’ blood was shed so we can have life.  He gave His blood to atone for our sins.  The only thing we have to do is accept it.  Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  It’s a free gift, yet people reject it.  Why?  Maybe because it sounds to good to be true.  Everything in this world comes with a price.  Even when you think you are getting something for free, there is always something attached to it.  The only thing attached to this free gift is eternal life.  Here is the reality: Everyone is a sinner, your soul is eternal, and there is a price to pay for your sins.  Where your soul resides after your mortal body dies is up to you.  I encourage you today if you haven’t accepted Jesus don’t wait any longer.  But if you don’t know what to say or do…just say Jesus!

11-19-2015 Genesis 9:1-3

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Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

In the 1st verse God said “Be fruitful”.  At this time there were only 8 people on the earth.  Everyone else had perished in the flood.  So what does it mean to “be fruitful”.  Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:16-20). Is this not true in our world today? We know who someone is, not by their words, but their actions.  What they do towards others, shows us their character.  How we treat others has a lasting impact.  If you show anger, hate or even indifference it can and will effect the other person in a negative way. It then multiplies itself as that attitude is passed on to the next person.  You know how it is ….you have a bad day at work and now you come home and take it out on everyone else.  However, if you learn to show love, compassion, joy, and hope, this also multiplies itself.  Statistically you will meet approximately 100,000 people in your lifetime.  And they will meet 100,000 people in their lifetime.  That’s 10,000,000,000 people that your life will have somewhat of an affect on! So each and everyone of else has a responsibility to show that love.  What a difference we can make with just showing a kind word, a thankless effort, or just a smile. However, if you’re still confused, not sure, or don’t know what to say or do….just say Jesus!

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