Genesis Chapter 6 - 9
by Alan Yusko
This is a study of Chapters 6 – 9 of the book of Genesis. Feel free to use this in your church Bible study or for sermon material
The Days of Noah are similar to the days of today before the return of the Lord Jesus
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Mankind had a huge lifespan of 800 or 900 years of life. During that time they had many children and their children had children.
Massive population explosion.
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
In those days there were lots or marrying and giving in marriage
This verse also indicates there was lots of lust and immorality (just like today)
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
God is aware of what was happening on earth, just like today God is aware. Lost men are not getting away with the many sins and evils of the day. God is aware
he also is flesh – sinful and hopefully debased. The flesh is un-redeemable. This is why a person must be born again.
2 Cor 5
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
God says His spirit shall not always strive with man – why – because they are flesh. The people in that day had no interest in God
God set a time limit for the destruction of man – 120 years. This is the same year Methuselah died.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Giants – Implies vicious characters capable of great sin and destruction.
During this time there was a complete rejection of God. Man's sinful nature was released through the rejection of the things of God – just like today
Again this verse hints of immorality on a grand scale with many children being born – parallel that to today where there are many children born outside of marriage. Abortion etc Today is very evil – just like the days of Noah.
Children produced took after the example of their society and became even more evil – just like today. Today rebellious God rejecting parents produce even more rebellious kids
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Again God is aware of what goes on here on earth. Just like today, God is very aware of the many evils of the day and He is in the process of bringing sinful human history to an end.
Lost humanity had degenerated to the point where they only thought of evil sinful things continually. This also shows a complete rejection of God.
What do evil thoughts produce? Evil actions!
Today the Bible is hate literature. Lost mankind really do not like the Bible and Christians and want nothing to do with the Lord Jesus. This also applies to many church assemblies that have willingly rejected sound Biblical doctrine.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
God created mankind with free will. Choice to accept and draw near Him or the choice to reject
The days of Noah are marked by everyone (except Noah and family) making the choice to completely reject the Lord
When a person rejects the Lord what do they accept? The devil, his ways etc
God was saddened by the choice mankind made. He does not want people to perish but will never force a person to be saved.
Two words describe the Lord's reaction: repented (to be sorry) and grieved
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
the Lord said – a discussion between the Trinity
The only solution was to destroy mankind off the face of the earth
Here is the list: man, beast, creeping thing, fowls of the air
The Lord didn't want to destroy the earth but due to the conditions of earth, He had to doit.
The same is true today. The earth is getting very evil and God will send great judgment upon planet earth. (book of Revelation)
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
As mentioned, out of all the wicked on earth, Noah was the only one who sought the Lord.
This means God can see the hearts of man. God knows those who are truly seeking Him and those who are not.
Each of our goal should be to be one who draws near to the Lord.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
God always has a remnant. Noah and his family was that remnant in a totally depraved world.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Generations are the posterity of Noah – his lineage. Remember Noah goes back the the Godly lines right back to Adam
More information is given about Noah.
He was a just man – Noah lived right before man and God
perfect in his generations – does not mean he was sinless – but rather Noah accepted the grace of God and he was sincere and upright before God.
Noah also walked with God. Just like Enoch, Noah had a relationship with the Lord. Noah also walked in such a way here on earth that pleased God. He was an upright man.
Today in this lost generation God has His blood bought church to walk uprightly before the Lord and this lost and dying world.
This is a parallel – Noah walked uprightly before the Lord in his day. Today the Church walks uprightly before the Lord in this lost world.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
- At age 500 and before the flood Noah had three sons
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
The lost God rejecting people were utterly corrupt before God in their thoughts, words, and actions.
One of the results of this depravity is violence throughout the earth
Remember verse 5 – the wicked only had thoughts of evil and depravity constantly
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Again God is aware of the conditions of planet earth and the conditions of mens hearts
Other than Noah, the lost had totally corrupted their way. Just like today. Things will not get better on earth but rather worse as lost people grow more evil in their rejection of the Lord.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
God tells Noah, who walks with Him and is His servant, what He plans to do on earth
This is true today. The Church is aware of the coming judgment upon earth. We warn the lost again and again. Yet the majority will not listen.
God tells Noah that He plans to destroy life on earth. He also tells Noah why: the earth is filled with violence.
Noah lived in those evil days and was more than aware of what was going on in the world
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Command for Noah to build an ark of gopher wood and make it waterproof (pitch)
make rooms or many small cells
Called an ark not a ship. It's main purpose is to be waterproof and to float
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
- God gives Noah the specs. Length, breadth, and height of the ark
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
More directions to make the ark
As you can see there are multiple levels which each level having rooms for all the animals
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
God tells Noah how He will destroy the world and this is the reason God gave Noah directions to build the ark.
Everything in the earth shall die – all men, animals, and birds
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
God gives Noah a promise (covenant) of deliverance for him and his family.
God tells Noah that he too will be going inside the ark
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
God gives further directions – after the ark is built, Noah is to bring two of all flesh shall be brought into the ark.
Noah and his family's job will be to take care of them and keep the animals alive.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
God tells Noah that He will bring the animals to the ark for Noah and family to feed, care for and to keep alive
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
Part of the ark preparation is to gather all kinds of food for the different animals as well as food for his family
So Noah had his directions. Build the ark, gather a large variety of food, and take care of all the animals God will bring to the ark.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Noah didn't argue with God or complain
Noah simply obeyed and did all that the Lord commanded him to do.
Parallel that to today. This is our job: to walk with God, to obey Him, and to do what God has commanded each of us to do. We all have unique skills and we are to serve as God leads.
1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
God commands Noah and his family to get into the ark.
Noah and family enter a place of safety from the coming storm and judgment. Today, the only place of safety is by faith in the Lord Jesus.
Not through himself or his merit, but through his faith in God, Noah was righteous before God.
In fact in the entire world only Noah and his family were righteous (in right standing) with God. The rest had made the choice to utterly and completely reject the Lord – same as today!
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
At this point there was a distinction between clean beasts (for sacrifice/food) and the others.
The clean beasts (sevens- male/female) and the others by two's (male and female)
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
fowls came by pairs of seven (male and female)
To keep seed alive – to let them easily multiply and grow again on earth
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
the countdown for the beginning of the flood is 7 days at this point
7 more days for the lost to repent and 7 days for Noah and family to settle and get ready in the ark
at this time Noah and his family had entered the ark as commanded
Methuselah had died at this point. Some say the 7 days was a mourning period for him but this is not definite. We do know that Methuselah died the same year as the flood.
The rain would fall for 40 days and nights and God would destroy life from the face of the earth during that time.
5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
Noah obeyed God
The ark was built and all the preparations were made
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
Noah was 600 and his son's were around 100 at this time.
Remember Noah was 500 when he had sons.
The flood waters came just as God said they would
Judgment is coming to this world as well. Christians have been warning of the judgment and soon coming of the Lord Jesus. One day this event will happen and the lost will be just as surprised as the lost of Noah's day.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
Additional details – Noah and his wife, his sons and their wives entered the ark
They were warned the flood was coming
This is a fearful thing. God is about to destroy the world. They were certainly anxious to get into the ark and get themselves and the animals inside and settled
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
more additional details.
The animals came and went into the ark. God gave them a Divine impulse to come to the ark and submit to Noah
Notice there were no fish... they could survive outside the ark.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
As previously mentioned, at the end of the final 7 days, God sent the flood waters upon the ark.
The 40 days and nights of rain had begun
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Early in year 600 of Noah's life the flood began
2nd month 17th day – more date details of when the flood began
God broke up the fountains of the deep. So water came from the depths of the earth
God opened the windows of heaven and water came from above. God broke up the vapor canopy that had previously protected earth and the water fell to earth.
Since the flood the earth has not been protected by that vapor canopy. This is why life spans are now shorter
During the 1000 year reign of the Lord Jesus the vapor canopy is restored to earth during the 7 year tribulation period.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Another repetition of the 40 days and 40 nights of rain upon the earth
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
- Selfsame day ( 2nd month 17th day) Noah and family entered the ark.
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
- Another reference to all the animals going to the ark
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
They went in unto Noah – shows the command of God for the animals to go unto Noah and enter the ark.
Noah did not have to chase down or hunt and find the animals to put them into the ark. God command and brought them
How did God fill the ark with all the animals? He used babies rather than full grown adults or he put some to sleep (hibernate)
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
All the animals as well as Noah and family went into the ark as God commanded
Who shut the door of the ark? God shut him (Noah) in. God himself closed the door before the floods came.
As God shut the door of the ark, He was also shutting the others (the lost) out.
The only place of safety was the ark. Just as today the only place of safety is in the Lord Jesus
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
During the 40 days and nights the waters increased upon the earth.
The ark floated and stayed above the flood waters
The ark was designed to be a floating ark not to be a ship. Ships are designed to go from point A to point B. The ark was designed to float and keep those inside safe.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
the ark floated and those inside were safe
The others faced deadly tidal waves and great flooding which destroyed life on earth.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
The flood covered everything on earth thus killing all life
Remember before the flood there was a different layout on planet earth. There were no massive mountains like there are today.
All the massive mountain ranges were created as a result of the flood
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
The water flooded 15 cubits over the highest mountains of that day.
Remember there were no massive mountain ranges at that time.
The earth was fairly flat and temperate weather from the north pole to the south pole
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Just as God previously said, all flesh died upon the earth as a result of the flood
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
List of living things that died for confirmation of what God had previously said
Only those in the ark were safe during this time of judgment.
Just as today, only those with the Lord Jesus as Saviour are safe
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
After the 40 days and nights the water prevailed upon the earth another 5 months (150 days)
As the waters came down from the earth, God placed the ark in the place where He wanted it to be. To this day man has not found the ark.
Why has man been unable to find the ark? It would become an idol? It would be destroyed by those who hate God? God knows...
1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
God's purpose was accomplished and the world was judged
At this point God remembered his covenant with Noah (protection and blessing)
God sent a wind upon the earth and the waters began to decline
Possible a warm wind. This would cause some evaporation of some of the water into the atmosphere. The water would have gathered in the new oceans, lakes, rivers etc. The water would also drain into the depths of the earth.
However, the canopy was now gone. There were huge mountain ranges we see today and changes in weather patterns
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
- God who has control of His creation, stopped the inflow of water.
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
- The water drained at the end of 150 days.
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
The flood lasted 5 months
The ark rested – Indicates a gentle landing on solid ground
On the mountains of Ararat – the ark is still not found today
5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
- The waters on earth continued to decrease until the 10th month of the year.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
After 40 additional days after verse 5
Noah opens up a window in the ark – shows curiosity as to what is going on
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
He sent a raven from the ark. They eat dead things.
But the raven went to and fro (coming and going)
at some point the raven did not return
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
Along with the raven, Noah sent forth a dove
Noah is testing to see how much the waters had gone down from the earth
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
The dove quickly returned to the ark because there was still too much water on the earth
Noah brought back the dove into the ark
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
- Noah waited 7 more days and sent out the dove again
11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
The dove stayed out all day
yet in the evening the dove returned with an olive leaf
Things were starting to grow again but still not time to leave the ark
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
Noah waited another 7 days and sent the dove out again.
This time the dove did not return. This means there was suitable food and resting
13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
At this point the earth was dry
but Noah still stayed in the ark. The earth had been soaked and was still soft and muddy in places
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
This is a statement about the condition of the earth at this time
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
Noah has been waiting inside the ark.
God now speaks to him
and below is what God says
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Noah now receives his orders from God
It is time to leave the ark
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
God commands Noah to empty out the ark of all the animals
These animals will breed and repopulate the earth
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
Noah and his family obeyed and was happy to do so
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
Every person and all the animals exited the ark
after their kinds – as the animals went in by pairs, so they came out by pairs
Just as God commanded the animals to enter the ark, He gave to command for them to obey and to leave the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
The first thing Noah did was to build an altar and worship the Lord.
The sacrifice was also to thank God for preservation and protection through this judgment
Remember with the clean beasts Noah took 7 pairs so he was able to do this sacrifice
21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
The sacrifice offered by a righteous man in faith was acceptable to God
God responds to this act of faith by promising never again to destroy the earth in this manner
God also knows the human heart, that it is evil
In fact the heart of man is so evil that the way of salvation is a new creature in Christ with a new heart.
2 Cor 5
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
God promises that planting/harvesting and the seasons shall not cease
This is in direct contradiction to the earth worshipping environmentalists who claim mankind is destroying earth. God will not allow sinful man to destroy His Creation, earth.
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
The earth was de-populated and all future generations come from Noah and his family
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
The animals had previously cooperated with Noah
Now the fear of man came upon them
As a result of sin the animals no longer freely serve man.
Some can still be tamed
Man still has dominion (into your hand they are delivered)
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Man has permission to eat all that he chooses
At this time the Jewish food restrictions have not been applied.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
God gives a restriction that is still in effect today – do not eat blood
God also reveals that the life is in the blood. Once the blood is gone – there is no more life
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
God is warning man should not murder his fellow man
If a beast kills a man – that beast also should be killed
6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
There is a God allowed penalty for murder – death.
God allows a society to use the death penalty where it applies. Murder is one deserving crime.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
Instead of killing, they should be concerned about multiplying mankind upon the earth
The goal is to re-populate the earth
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
- God speaks to Noah and his sons in the following verses:
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
In the below verses we see God's covenant of preservation
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
Here God lists to whom this covenant of preservation applies
It applies to people and animals
11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
God promises to never more destroy the world with water.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
God gives a sign of this covenant of preservation
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
God gives the sign of a rainbow which says He will never again destroy the earth by flood.
Before the flood there was no rainbows. The vapor canopy did not produce a rainbow.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
God will make the rainbow very visible and easily seen
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
When God sees the rainbow, He will remember His covenant of preservation to never again destroy the world with water.
When we see a rainbow, we can remember that in the days of Noah, God used rain and flood to destroy the world
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
God is repeating Himself and making the sign of the rainbow very clear as to why it is there and what it stands for.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
God again repeats that this is a sign (token)
Who is it between? God and all living flesh upon the earth
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
God lists again the three sons of Noah
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
Noah and his sons experienced the flood where the whole earth was overspread with water.
Not a part of the earth, the whole earth was flooded
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
Noah started farming
He planted a grape bearing vineyard
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Noah made wine and gave it time to decay (fermentation).
He then would have drank a huge quantity in order to get drunk
Wine back then was not very alcoholic like it is today. Less than 1 percent as opposed to today's 30 percent or more.
Noah fell into a drunken sleep and did not properly cover himself
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Ham probably should not have entered the tent of Noah
He did anyway and saw his father in a bad way
Perhaps he thought this was funny so he goes and tells his 2 brothers.
In doing so he showed disrespect to Noah, his father
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
The other 2 brothers would not disrespect their father.
Neither did they think it was funny
Instead they didn't look but they covered up their father.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Noah awoke from his stupor, sober again
Somehow he knew that Canaan had disrespected him in that state
How Noah knew we are not told... he just knew
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
It is very serious to disrespect your father (parents)
God is not pleased when parents are disrespected.
The words spoken by Noah are backed up by God as a prophecy
26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Noah gives a prophecy of Shem that he will be blessed
Further info about Canaan that he will be Shem's servant
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Noah also gives a prophecy of blessing about the other son Japheth
He shall enlarge – be given much land
Canaan again will be his servant
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
After the flood Noah lived another 350 years
God blessed him and gave him a long life
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Noah's total years on earth were 950
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