Mar 28, 2023
ایک نئی دنیا، اور ایک نئی عالمی ترتیب (پیدائش 9)
Een nieuwe wereld en een nieuwe wereldorde (Genesis 9)
Một thế giới mới và một trật tự thế giới mới (Sáng thế ký 9)
Isang Bagong Sanlibutan, at Isang Bagong Orden ng Daigdig (Genesis 9)
Un nouveau monde et un nouvel ordre mondial (Genèse 9)
신세계, 신세계 질서(창세기 9장)
Dunia Baru, dan Tata Dunia Baru (Kejadian 9)
Yon nouvo monn, ak yon nouvo lòd mondyal (Jenèz 9)
En ny värld och en ny världsordning (1 Mosebok 9)
En ny verden og en ny verdensorden (1. Mosebog 9)
Ulimwengu Mpya, na Mpango Mpya wa Ulimwengu (Mwanzo 9)
عالم جديد ونظام عالمي جديد (تكوين 9)
Ένας νέος κόσμος και μια νέα παγκόσμια τάξη πραγμάτων (Γένεση 9)
Un nuovo mondo e un nuovo ordine mondiale (Genesi 9)
Novi svijet i novi svjetski poredak (Postanak 9)
Um Novo Mundo e Uma Nova Ordem Mundial (Gênesis 9)
עולם חדש וסדר עולמי חדש (בראשית ט')
Eine neue Welt und eine neue Weltordnung (Genesis 9)
Un nouveau monde et un nouvel ordre mondial (Genèse 9)
Новый мир и новый мировой порядок (Бытие 9)
جهانی جدید و نظم جهانی جدید (پیدایش 9)
O lume nouă și o nouă ordine mondială (Geneza 9)
Новий світ і новий світовий порядок (Буття 9)
โลกใหม่และระเบียบโลกใหม่ (ปฐมกาล 9)
新しい世界、そして新しい世界秩序 (創世記 9)
Un nuevo mundo y un nuevo orden mundial (Génesis 9)
एक नई दुनिया, और एक नई विश्व व्यवस्था (उत्पत्ति 9)
Scripture reading – Genesis 9
Review – Genesis 8
After He fulfilled His Word of judgment, “God remembered Noah” (Genesis 8:1), and commanded Him to “go forth of the ark” (Genesis 8:16). Then, Noah “builded an altar unto the LORD…and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:20).
Two things remained unchanged in the world after the flood. The first, God’s grace, for He accepted the sacrifices of Noah and his family (Genesis 8:20), for they were “a sweet savour” to Him (Genesis 8:21).A second object had not changed, and that was man’s sinful heart. Though He declared He would never again judge the earth as He had with the floodwaters, the LORD knew the heart of man, and judged it was sinful (Genesis 8:21c).
Yet, the LORD in His mercy, promised He would never again destroy “every thing living, as [He had] done” (Genesis 8:21d). So, the earth continues to be blessed with its seasons, “seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
The world was forever changed after God’s universal judgment, but in His grace, He “blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1, 7). Man’s supremacy over nature was unchanged (Genesis 1:26, 28); however, animals began to fear man, and were terrified of him (Genesis 9:2).
Formerly, men were sustained by plant life (Genesis 1:29-30); however, after the flood they became omnivorous, consumers of the flesh of animals and the fruit of the earth (Genesis 9:3-4).
Capital Punishment: Life for Life (9:5-6)
Genesis 9:5-6 repeated the value and sanctity of human life in the eyes of God, reminding us God created man in His image and likeness (Genesis 9:6). Because human life is sacred, God established capital punishment to address all that shed the blood of man, whether man or beast (Genesis 9:5). God’s justice required blood for blood (Psalm 9:12; Exodus 20:13; 21:12). Thus, a beast that killed a man, was to be put to death (9:5b; Exodus 21:28). Also, a murderer was to be put to death, for shedding the blood of another (Genesis 9:6a). For that reason, government was instituted and empowered to enforce capital punishment (Romans 13:4).
God’s Universal Covenant (9:7-19)
The future of humanity was seeded by Noah’s three sons, and they were commanded to “be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 9:7). Having accepted Noah’s sacrifices (Genesis 8:22-23), the LORD established His covenant with him and his sons. What was the covenant? While it was to never again destroy the earth with floodwaters; it was much more.
The covenant promise was universal, and made to Noah, his sons, and his “seed after” him (all humanity, Genesis 9:9). I believe it was a renewal of God’s covenant with Adam and Eve; that her “seed” would crush the head (the seed) of the serpent (Satan, Genesis 3:15). It was a promise fulfilled through Noah’s lineage, and of whom Christ was born (Luke 3:36). The rainbow was more than a promise to never again destroy the earth by floodwaters (Genesis 9:8-13). It was a sign God never forgets His covenant promises (Genesis 9:14-17).
A Shameful, Tragic End (Genesis 9:18-29)
The flood did not change man’s age-old problem—sin! Noah and his sons had witnessed God’s hatred of sin and judgment; nevertheless, they bore in their hearts the curse of sin, its effects, and tragic consequences. Though they believed God, and were saved by the Ark, they were still sinners! Noah was a just and upright man, and a man who walked with God (Genesis 6:8-9); however, he and his sons were sinners. Noah became “an husbandman” (farmer) after the flood, and planted a vineyard (9:20). Tragically, in his old age, Noah drank wine, “and was drunken” (Genesis 9:21). Indiscreet in his intoxicated state, he was naked and “uncovered within his tent” (Genesis 9:21).
While the cause for Noah’s drunken state was not given, there are lessons we can take from this moment in history. (The first mention of wine in the Scriptures was associated with drunkenness, shame, and a curse that has continued to our day.)
Noah, the “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), became an object of scorn (Genesis 9:21-23).
Whatever the excuse, Noah’s drunkenness was a spiritual and moral failure (Genesis 9:21). Ham, who became the father of the Canaanites, “saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without” (Genesis 9:22). The implication is he “saw” and mocked his father, unlike his brothers, Shem and Japheth, who took pangs “and covered the nakedness of their faither” (Genesis 9:23). Ham took pleasure in his father’s shame, mocked and ridiculed him (Genesis 9:22).
Noah’s Prophecy (Genesis 9:24-29)
Noah, realizing Ham, “his younger son” (Genesis 9:24), shamed him; pronounced a curse upon him and his lineage: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren” (Genesis 9:25). Why did Noah not curse Ham who scorned his father? Perhaps the best answer is that Ham was a true believer (for he had believed God and been saved by the Ark). Canaan, the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:6), would become the father of wicked nations who rejected God, worshipped idols, and were perpetual enemies of God’s people (Genesis 10:15-19).
Closing thoughts (Genesis 9:26-29) - Genesis 9 concluded with Noah prophesying the future of his sons, and their posterity (Genesis 9:26-27), and closed with the revelation that is a certainty for all men: He died (Genesis 9:28-29). Though not perfect, Noah should be remembered as a righteous man. He was a man of faith who believed, and obeyed God, saving not only his household, but the human race from physical and spiritual annihilation.
How about you? How will you be remembered?
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