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Genesis 9

Victor M. Eskew


I.           Title of Genesis 9


A.   Promises and Problems for Noah

B.    The Post-flood Life of Noah

C.   Sin Continues on the Earth

D.   Who Would Have Thought?

E.    Not Noah!  Surely Not Noah!


II.         Key Verse for Genesis 9:  Genesis 9:28


And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.


Why this verse?  All of the events of this chapter center upon this time period in the life of Noah.


III.       Outline of Genesis 9


i.               Noah’s Blessing (Gen. 9:1-7)

ii.              Noah’s Covenant (Gen. 9:8-17)

iii.            Noah’s Sons (Gen. 9:18-19)

iv.            Noah’s Sin (Gen. 9:20-27)

v.              Noah’s Death (Gen. 9:28-29)


IV.        Lessons from Genesis 9


A.   Man is of higher order than the animal kingdom (Gen. 9:1-3)

1.     God speaks with man (Gen. 9:1).

2.     Man has dominion over the animals (Gen. 9:2)

3.     Animals are a resource for man (Gen. 9:3)


B.    Because blood is the life, it is forbidden for man to eat (Gen. 9:4).


But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.


NOTE:  This command is also found in the New Testament (Acts 15:28-29).


For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication:  from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.  Fare ye well.





C.   Murder carries with it the sentence of death (Gen. 9:6).


Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:  for in the image of God made he man.

1.     Many believe that capital punishment is murder.  Not so.  Capital punishment is just that, punishment for the crime of murder.

2.     God, the giver of life (Gen. 2:7), requires life when a person cruelly takes life from another human being.

3.     The infliction of the punishment has been placed into the hands of the State (Rom. 13:4).


For he is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


D.   The rainbow is a token of God’s covenant with Noah that He would never destroy the earth again with a worldwide flood (Gen. 9:13-15).


I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:  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.


E.    For some reason, we are introduced to a man named Canaan numerous times in this chapter.

1.     Twice Ham is called “the father of Canaan” (Gen. 9:18, 22).

2.     When Noah curses Ham’s action, the curse is placed upon Canaan (Gen. 9:25).

3.     Canaan will become a servant of Shem and Japheth (Gen. 9:26-27).


F.     Good things can become evil and tempt us (Gen. 9:20-21).


And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:  and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.


G.   Ham did something that was evil against his father.  The exact nature of the sin is difficult to determine (Gen. 9:22-24).


And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers without….And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.


H.   Sin carries consequences, sometimes to the next generation (Gen. 9:25-27).


I.     Even great men must die (Gen. 9:29).


And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years:  and he died.