We have come full circle and are right back to where we started from in chapter four. That is to say, it’s up to Noah and his boys to repopulate the earth. (Or is it? Maybe God gave them a little help here. Who knows? Anybody? Does it really matter?) In another déjà vu moment, God puts the Noah family in charge of all plants and animals on the earth.

God says, 3Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Bye-bye vegetarian diet, hello steak! But not too rare because God also says 4you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. That just seems so ew, David! to me, but it will be important when we meet up with some pagans later on.

A Biblical argument for capital punishment: 6Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. So there you go.

God then establishes his covenant with Noah and his sons and all his descendants (us) and even the animals that came out of the ark. He promises never again will life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. Enter the beautiful rainbow.

Here’s one of those things that I never really noticed before in a story I’ve known since forever. I’ve always thought the rainbow was for our benefit so that every time WE see it we will remember the covenant God made with Noah. And I’m sure that’s probably correct. But verse 16 says, Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. Apparently the rainbow is for God’s benefit as well. Hm.

We’ve been hearing about Noah and his sons for a few chapters now, but this is where we’re formally introduced. Shem, Ham (the father of Canaan and important to know) and Japheth. In answer to my question above, verse 19 tells us that from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. Those were some busy boys!

After an epic flood and some sacrifices and a few rules and the rainbow, Noah sets up housekeeping. This includes a vineyard with which to make some fine wine. One night he imbibes a little too much of his reserve, gets sloshed and passes out, sans clothing, inside his tent. Ham sees his dad in his birthday suit and rushes out to tell his brothers. Why?

Anyway, Shem and Japheth walk into the tent backwards with their eyes averted and cover their dad. When Noah finds out what Ham did he is none too happy. He curses Canaan and not Ham, but he blesses Shem and Japheth. It might seem unfair that God cursed Ham’s son, who is a seemingly innocent, but I think there is more to the story than we see right here. I guess we’ll just have to keep reading.

Here’s another thing I just noticed. Ham was the youngest son, but he’s listed second. I’m pretty sure there’s a significance here because the Jewish people have an order and reasons for everything. Maybe we’ll find that out later, too.

Noah lived 350 years after the flood for a total age of 950. 29… and then he died.

 

 

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What do you think the significance of God saying HE will remember every time he sees the rainbow?

 

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