God sealed this covenant with rainbow. He or she vowed never to destroy the world by flood again. This still leaves to question if God considers it fair play to destroy the Earth by other means.

God’s Covenant With Noah 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

6 “Whoever sheds human blood,

  by humans shall their blood be shed;

for in the image of God

  has God made mankind.

7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 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.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

The Sons of Noah 18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[a] to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,

  “Cursed be Canaan!

  The lowest of slaves

  will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

  “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Shem!

  May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

27 May God extend Japheth’s[b] territory;

  may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,

  and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.

     God sets forth a covenant to Noah and his offspring. Already I do not like this legality. In the covenant God makes the other animals submissive to man. All plant and animal life was up for grabs for humankind. The only restriction was to eat meat that still contained lifeblood. All are to be held accountable for their actions. Even the animals were to be held responsible. The taking of a human life would be punished.

     God sealed this covenant with rainbow. He or she vowed never to destroy the world by flood again. This still leaves to question if God considers it fair play to destroy the Earth by other means.

      After this covenant Noah grows a vineyard and begins to drink. One of his sons, Ham, found him laying drunk and naked in his tent. Ham went and gathered Noah’s other two sons Japheth and Shem. Japheth and Shem took care of their father and restored his dignity.  When Noah had recovered he cursed Ham’s son, Canaan, to essential be Japheth and Shem’s slave.

     This chapter introduces many concepts that I find disagreeable. I don’t believe that animals ever broke the original covenant with God in the Garden of Eden. I don’t think that animals are necessarily responsible for their actions our are held to a code of judgement. They are beyond good and evil. Also the issue of slavery is unpleasant.
Ashley Wickham
1/19/2011 05:10:56 am

I know the earth will be destroyed again with fire. Also, the flood symbolized our baptism in the holy spirit

1 Peter 3:20-21 (NIV)
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[a] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Also, I found the whole thing with cursing Ham's son Canaan weird as well. But then I realized that it was a prophecy saying that the promise seed would come through Shem, because Abram/Abraham came through Shem. Also, Through the line of Ham came Nimrod and his Kingdom was Babel. (It says that Nimrod was a mighty hunter "before" the LORD, indicating that he was full of pride, thinking he was before or better than the LORD. Not for sure about that, but I have read this in a couple different study references. I once read this book called "Babylon Mystery Religion" and it seemed that a lot of paganistic things that exist in some Christian churches came out of this time, and that Nimrod was responsible for some of it...It's been a long time since I read it though. I'll have to look at it again.


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