Genesis 9: God’s Deal and Noah Gets Drunk

June 9, 2023 ·

Summary:
God blessed Noah and his sons, and allowed them to eat animals. He also made the rainbow as a sign of that covenant. However, Noah got drunk and naked, and his son Ham saw him. Ham then told his brothers about it, and they went to cover Noah’s shame. As a consequence, Noah cursed Ham and blessed his other sons. 

Noah lived for 950 years before he passed away.

Key verse:
13. I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

My thoughts:
A lot of people don’t realize that before Noah, people only ate fruits and vegetables. However, after the flood, God allowed people to eat everything that lives and moves, as mentioned in verse 3. Alongside this permission, God established a covenant with Noah and his sons. As a sign of this covenant, He made the rainbow, symbolizing His promise to never destroy the earth by a flood again.

It’s easy to look at some of the ‘role models’ of the Old Testament and wonder why they are worthy of being considered as such. For example, in this case, Noah’s behavior of getting horribly drunk and naked raises questions about whether this is standard godly practice. I don’t believe we should always view ‘good’ biblical characters as perfect role models, except for Jesus. From the beginning, God used imperfect people in imperfect situations to fulfill His perfect plan.

Ham sinned by not covering his father but instead telling his brothers, which resulted in more people seeing the naked Noah and brought shame upon him. However, his brothers did the right thing by covering him. Despite Noah’s flaws, God’s covenant with him remained intact, symbolized by the rainbow as a sign of their agreement.

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