Genesis 9: God’s Covenant with Noah

Under what conditions does God “bless” people?

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Genesis 9:1–2 God blessed Noah and his sons, saying, “Grow your families, increase your number, and populate the earth. Every living thing on earth, land, and sea will respect and fear you. I have given you power over them.
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Genesis 9:1–2 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 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.

In what ways might people’s diet have been different before and after the flood?

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Genesis 9:3–4 “Just as fruits and vegetables have been good to eat, the animals are given to you now, but don’t eat raw meat with its lifeblood.
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Genesis 9:3–4 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

What laws did the early descendants of Noah have to follow?

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Genesis 9:5 “Those who take the life of a human being are accountable and will pay with their own lives. Any animal that takes a person’s life must die.
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Genesis 9:5 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.

Should the death penalty be allowed by law? Why?

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Genesis 9:6 Since God made people in his image, those responsible for spilling the blood of a human being will have their lifeblood taken.
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Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Of what value was God’s message to populate the earth? Wouldn’t they do that anyway? Why?

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Genesis 9:7 Grow your families, increase your number, and populate the earth.
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Genesis 9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

Why did God say the rainbow was important? What else is the symbol used for?

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Genesis 9:8–17 God said to Noah and his sons, “Look, this is the agreement I will make with you and your descendants and all the creatures with you—birds, livestock, and all the other animals that came out of the ship with you. I hereby certify that I will never again send a great flood upon the earth to destroy all living things.
“This is the evidence of my agreement with you and all living creatures forever: I am placing my rainbow in the clouds to signify the agreement I have made with the earth. Whenever clouds cover the earth, I will see the rainbow and remember my agreement with you and every living creature. Never again will floodwaters destroy all life. Every time I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal agreement I have with all living creatures on Earth.”
God said to Noah, “The rainbow is evidence of my agreement with all flesh upon the earth.”
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Genesis 9:8–17 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 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. 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. 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: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for 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. 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. 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.

With only four men and their wives living on Earth, what would life have been like in their days?

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Genesis 9:17–19 God said to Noah, “The rainbow is evidence of my agreement with all flesh upon the earth.”
Noah’s sons, who left the ship, were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was Canaan’s father. These three sons of Noah fathered all of humankind everywhere on Earth.
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Genesis 9:17–19 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. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

How many children do you think might have been born to Noah after the flood?

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Genesis 9:20 Noah became a father and planted a vineyard.
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Genesis 9:20 Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. One day, he drank so much wine that he became drunk and lay naked in his tent.

Why did Ham lack the respect that his brothers had for their father?

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Genesis 9:20–23 Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. One day, he drank so much wine that he became drunk and lay naked in his tent.
Ham saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside the tent.
With a blanket draped over their shoulders, Shem and Japheth backed into the tent and covered their father without seeing his nakedness.
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Genesis 9:20–23 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 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.

How did Noah learn what Ham had done?

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Genesis 9:24 After Noah awakened from his drunkenness and learned what his youngest son had done,
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Genesis 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

Of what consequence was Noah’s judgment of Ham?

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Genesis 9:25–27 he said, “Let Canaan be cursed, serving the servants of his brothers. Praise the Lord God of Shem. Let Canaan be Shem’s servant. May God bless Japheth and enjoy the spacious living of Shem. Let Canaan be his servant.”
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Genesis 9:25–27 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

If you were to write Noah obituary, what would you say?

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Genesis 9:28–29 After the flood, Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years.
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Genesis 9:28–29 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.