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Genesis Chapter 11:10-32

Family Tree time!

Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem

A more specialized family tree, the line of Shem…from Shem to Abram.  One of the most interesting things about this family line is how you see the ages of man greatly drop off.  They live in a new world, and I’m wondering if it has anything to do from the atmosphere to even man contracting diseases…cancer, getting sick from eating raw meats?  And I wonder if the interbreeding had anything to do with DNA corruption?  Anyway here’s a cool Beard Chart for you!

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Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
Ge:11:11: And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

Shem’s third son.  I think it’s interesting that it is the third son, since God is so fond of 3 and 7.

Ge:11:12: And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

Arphaxad becomes the youngest man to have a son mentioned in his lineage, 35 years.  So not only is man starting to live less (although 438 years is still a LONG time) he’s starting to have children very young!  Although compare 35 to 16 and pregnant (show on MTV)…but since we don’t know anything about any wives, who knows how young they were.

I wonder if men fathering children at a younger age has anything to do with living in cities?  Living in cities has to make it easier to find wives.  When you live as a farmer and a shepherd how much time to you have to find wives?  Unless they’re still marrying sisters?  I wonder if at this time marriages were used for making alliances or joining powerful families?  Or maybe it’s still to early for that.

I'll trade you one daughter..For 100 of these.

Salah -30 years-> Eber -43 years-> then we get Peleg and the scattering.

So I just want to look at this for myself.  Ok so Noah lived for 350 years after the flood.

Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood

Arphaxad was born 2 years after the flood. Flood -2 years-> Arphaxad -35 years-> Salah -30 years-> Eber -34 years-> Peleg

So that isn’t very long at all.  If the people of the Earth were scattered during Peleg’s time then it’s completely possible that Noah was still alive right? That’s only 101 years between the flood and Peleg’s birth.  I wonder how close Noah still was with his son’s.  I wonder if this line of Shem stayed with Noah and if so was it only the people building the tower who’s languages were scramble?

Maybe not if Abram had to be called out of Ur.  I wish we could know all this.  I’m just saying, a historical documentary in heaven would be nice.

right click...new window or tab. This is a neat chart.

According to this Noah and Abram could have chatted.  Maybe they even hiked up to have lunch in the Ark?  Anything could have happened and we can imagine and wonder all we want since there is no real information.  Makes it fun and exciting.

Ge:11:24: And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
Ge:11:25: And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

29 years when Nahor had Terah.  Very interesting, and he lives a relatively short life, Just 148 years.

This chart shows how different judgments seem to have been the reason for the rapid and steady decline of the age of men.

But then we get to Terah, Abrams father.  He was old fashioned it seems.  He waited 70 years to have Abram.  I wonder if he was cursed with daughters (Although I’m sure that Grandpa felt blessed with daughters, with a huge sigh of relief with Billy and Jimmy).

Ge:11:26: And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Ge:11:27: Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

Abram is the line of Christ, but I guess since we are getting to a story about Abram –> Abraham, it’s time we are given a little more information.  Also Lot plays a large role pretty soon.

Ge:11:28: And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

This is interesting that it says that Haran died before his father, where he was born in Ur.  I wonder if that left Lot to be fostered by his uncles or his grandfather.  If you already know the answer, it’s because I’m not that knowledgeable about the upcoming chapters.  So please forgive my ignorance, I’m working under the assumption that I’ll be wrong far more often than not.

Ge:11:29: And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Whoa!  Talk about some crazy intermingling.  So, nahor took his niece for a wife!  That would make him her Huncle, husband/uncle.  Crazy!  Oh look at that, Iscah…name sounds familiar doesn’t it…

Iscah --- Rumors of Eden

Ge:11:31: And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Ge:11:32: And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Good foreshadowing for future chapters, Sarai barren.  I think it’s interesting that the land they went into was Haran.  I wonder Terah named the land in memory of his son, or if it was already known as Haran?

Well there it is.  I didn’t think I could squeeze a full post out of that *whew*.  All right Chapter 12 next week!  As always if you are interested in doing chapter 12 or any other chapter let me know.  All you have to do is write it and email it to me @ adambrock25@gmail.com.  Jimmy?  Kathy and Mom have already done one.  Or if John would be interested in doing one, let him know.

Oh yeah…I was interested so here is what Haran means:

Haran Haran

The name Haran is assigned four times in the Bible.

The first Haran is a son of Terah and brother of Abraham and Nahor (and the half-brother of Sarah – Genesis 11:26). This Haran is the father of Lot. Haran is also the name of the city where Abram‘s family settled (Genesis 11:31). A third Haran is a son of Caleb and Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46). A fourth Haran is a Levite of the family of Gershon (1 Chronicles 23:9).

The name Haran is probably derived of the word har (har) meaning hill, mountain. The post-fixed nun serves as a personification (Hill Guy). As such the name Haran is distantly similar to Aaron.

A salient detail is that the verb hara (hara) means to be with child, to be pregnant. The derived noun hara (hara) means pregnant and the noun herayon (herayon) means conception or pregnancy.

The name Haran means Mountaineer, says Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, or Mountainous, according to NOBS Study Bible Name List.

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Genesis Chapter 11:1-9

That’s the United Nations General Assembly, what does that remind you of?

Ge:11:1: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

It looks like we are getting there doesn’t it!

Ge:11:2: And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar (Check out the link.  Wikipedia is awesome.); and they dwelt there.

Babylon, Babel, on right side of Map.

Do you think that they still lived in the area of the ark?  How long do you think they stayed there before they decided to migrate west.  One…Two hundred years?  How long before they forgot about God?  How big of a community can four families create in 10 generations?  All interesting questions, I think, maybe I’m too much of a lover of history and small details though.  But I wish that this kind of stuff was in there, even though it is completely irrelevant.

But who do you think finally left?  Probably the descendants of Ham.  If Noah’s curse was held true then Ham’s children were servants and second class citizens.  And were ready to get away from that life.  Or maybe it was a difference in faith.  If they had forgotten God they could have been forced out?  Who knows.  This Link, Bible Maps, has some cool maps and some history and relations to other scriptures.  Check it out.

Ge:11:3: And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.  And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

I guess Ecclesiastes 1:9 applies here:

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Remember that Cain built the first city before the flood.  Interesting that It was probably Cush, or his descendants that began building the new city.  It seems that every time that a city is built evil is close behind.  Idle hands are the devils playthings.  And there is nothing but time in the city.  When you aren’t tending a flock or a farm all day you have nothing but time.  We are very self destructive with our free time.

Ge:11:4: And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Ge:11:5: And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

You know, I’ve always thought that they built the tower to see God.  It says heaven.  I wonder if they had an idea of heaven yet?  It hasn’t talk about eternal life or heaven yet.  I wonder if Adam and his children were promised that?  Or if they were just expected to worship, expecting nothing in return?

So, when I read “heaven” in that verse, I think they just wanted to kiss the sky.  How knowledgeable were they?  Did they literally expect to reach the heavens?  It sounds like they were building the tower as a show of power.  Like the Egyptian pharaohs, and almost every other ruler on earth, built great architectural monuments to show how powerful and wealthy they were.

But then there is this, “lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”  Maybe the tower was supposed to be like a light house?  Calling people from all over the world with a giant tower to be seen from miles and miles, attempting to build a mighty empire.

I’ve also always thought that God scattered men before the tower could be completed, but it sounds like they finished it.  One thing that interests me is that the Lord came down.  Any other time he’s been mentioned so far he was already with us.  Walking in the garden, speaking with Cain, and bringing Noah into the Ark.  But this time he descends to earth, like he has decided to leave us to ourselves.

Get out of here!

Ge:11:6: And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

How could it not be the end of days?  This is exactly where we are now!  We live in a time where there are zero barriers.  We can go anywhere in the world in less than a day.  We can speak to anyone anywhere in the world face to face with the click of a button.  We can launch military attacks with machines and missiles while the operators sit safely hundreds if not thousands of miles away.

Heck, we sent man to the moon nearly half a century ago, and now we have plans to send a manned mission to mars and even to harvest precious minerals from asteroids!  What can’t we achieve?  Pretty soon there are going to be so many people on the face of the planet that we’ll start running out of room.

Ge:11:7: Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Ge:11:8: So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

I wonder how advanced man was becoming?  And I wonder if anyone kept the original language?  Maybe Shem’s line?  Isn’t that the tradition, or not?  I don’t know?

“Go to, let “US” go down”…The trinity again?  And again, they are now longer among men.  “and they left off to build the city”, I wonder what that means?  Had they not finished building?  Or is it man going off to build other and newer cities?

Assyrian city dated to 6000 BC! Arbil Here's the link, pretty interesting.

Ge:11:9: Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

I love this.  I think it is so neat that, when someone is spouting nonsense, we say that they are babbling.  And that’s when man was scattered.  Which makes me wonder.  If the Semetic (The line of Shem) people got to stay where they were then maybe they weren’t scattered.  Maybe they were still true to the Lord.

Do you think that there was war after this?  I bet there was a HUGE WAR!  Think about it, everyone was being forced to leave and find a different home.  There must have been a great struggle to decide who got to stay and keep Babel.  Even if Babel had a king, Nimrod?, how loyal would an army be if they couldn’t understand each other?  How were the languages spread out?  Families stayed together?  Tribes stayed together?  Or was it just random chaos?  I don’t know, I know Kathy did some research on the traditions and myths about Nimrod and the time.  I would be interested in hearing some of that Kathy!

Anyway.  Genesis 11:10-32 is more lineage.  And I’ve already written a lot.  So I’m going to start on that, but it will be a separate post since it is almost a completely different subject than the first half of the chapter.  Also this is a pretty long half chapter.  So we’ll catch up with Abram and the end of Chapter 11 later.  Again, I really got a kick out of this chapter…If you think I wrote down a lot of stupid questions and ideas that don’t really matter then we’re lucky I didn’t ramble on with everything that popped into my head.  This is a very neat chapter, I look forward to hearing from everyone…

And of course next week we get…

Abram...

 

 

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Genesis Chapter 10

And Adam begat...

Late again.  This time with good reason.  My excuse is two fold, 1. Busy weekend, and Jennifer had to have oral surgery last Wednesday and 2.  It’s another boring lineage chapter…

Or is it?  Who isn’t completely fascinated with knowing who their father’s father was.  I just did the two week free trial on ancestry.com and loved it!  Took the Boatwrights back to the 1500s!  How accurate it was though, I don’t know.  Anyway, on the surface this chapter does seem dull and boring, but really, these lineages are some of the most important passages.

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I don’t really know what to say, or even how to start this chapter?  I know, it’s hard to believe.  But I’ve looked and looked, and I can’t find much at all to talk about.  So let’s be honest, I’m a bit lost in this chapter.  So I’m going to STEAL a break down of the Genesis 10.  I just don’t have the historical or biblical chops to pull off a good post for a chapter of lineages.

Mom found this and it seems to be an amazing breakdown.  The website is http://cornerstonebaptist-tyro.com/default.aspx .

Genesis Chapter 10 – Commentary By Mike Wells
Chapter 10 Overview:

Genesis 10 is organized around the descendants of the three sons of Noah:

  1. The sons of Japheth in verses 1-5;
  2. The sons of Ham in verses 6-14 including record of Nimrod and the descendants of Canaan in verses 15-20;
  3. And finally, the sons of Shem in verses 21-32.

Genesis 10 : 1 – Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

  • The word translated as “generations” (toledaw) means „descendants.‟ Thus the chapter sets forth the immediate descendants of the sons of Noah—those born after the flood.

Genesis 10 : 2 – The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

  • Though usually noted as the last son of Noah, Japheth‟s descendants are noted first. Gomer is thought to be the father of the Celtic races and later the Germanic peoples.
  • Magog became the father of the Tartars (Scythians) and would be related to the Russian peoples today.
  • Madai was the father of the Medes which today would be the southern republics of the former Soviet Union.
  • Javan was the father of those who peopled the Greek peninsula.
  • Tubal became the father of people who settled around the Black Sea who later migrated north whose chief city came to be known as Tobolsk. Portions of this line also migrated to Spain.
  • Meshech would also be the father of Slavic and Russian peoples.
  • Tiras became the father of the Thracians, a Mediterranean people.

Genesis 10 : 3 – And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

  • The descendants of Japheth became the Indo-European, or Caucasian race.
  • The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz which to this day is the Yiddish word for German.
  • Little if anything is known concerning Riphath.
  • However, Togarmah is the thought to be the people later known as the Turks.

Genesis 10 : 4 – And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

  • The descendants of Javan were largely those who settled the areas which later came to be known as Greek.
  • Dodanim probably refers to the people of Rhodes.
  • (Adam…I think this is intesting, because the greeks are thought to have built cities in along the Mediterranean Sea, including the Philistines.)

Genesis 10 : 5 – By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

  • It is further noteworthy that the first use of the word translated as “gentiles” (goyim) in the Bible is found here.
  • Of interest is that the descendants of Japheth are noted as gentiles (i.e., heathen) in distinction to the descendants of the Ham or Shem.

Genesis 10 : 6 – And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.  The sons of Ham were Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

  • These each became of people who lived to the south of the cradle of civilization and largely are the people who settled the African continent.
  • Cush is largely the same as Ethiopia, though the original Ethiopians populated the Arabian peninsula before migrating to northwest Africa.
  • Mizraim is overwhelmingly translated as Egypt.  (Moses’ first adversary and his mentors.)
  • Phut became the people of other portions of north Africa and is thought to otherwise be Libya.
  • Canaan, the fourth son of Ham remained in the region of Palestine, populating the area which later would be known as the promised land or biblical Israel.

Genesis 10 : 7 – And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

  • Seba is generally thought to be a sub- division of Ethiopia.
  • Havilah is thought to be a part of the Arabian peninsula, perhaps Yemen today.
  • Little is known of Sabtah or Raamah.
  • Sheba was the beginning of the people who lived in southern Arabia.
  • Dedan likewise was a region of southern Arabia.

Depiction of Assyrian Hunter

Genesis 10 : 8-9 – 8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

  • The most notable son of Cush was Nimrod who is noted as becoming a mighty hunter in the earth and before the Lord.

Genesis 10 : 10 – And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

  • He settled and founded the area which became Babel, and later called Babylon.
  • Erech, Accad, and Calneh were cities in the region of Babylon (modern day Iraq).
  • In modern geography, it is the region along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers from Kuwait to Iraq.

Genesis 10 : 11 – Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah.

  • The reference to Asshur here may not refer to a person, but rather to a place.
  • Evidently, people who descended from Nimrod went into what came to be known as Assyria and built Nineveh as well as Rehoboth and Calah.

Genesis 10 : 12 – And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

  • Nothing else is known of Resen other than the geographical coordinates found here.
  • It is also noteworthy how all false, counterfeit religion in the world to this day was channeled through Babel and Nineveh. The notorious Babylonian mystery religion began at the time of Nimrod and continues to this day largely through the Roman Catholic Church.

Genesis 10 : 13-14 – 13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

  • The second son of Ham was Mizraim who begat the nations noted here.
  • The Anamims are thought to be another strain of Egyptians along with Lehabim and Naphtuhim. Notably, the Philistim (i.e., Philistines) descended from Ham through Mizraim.
  • The Caphtorim were the early inhabitants of Crete.

Genesis 10 : 15-18 – 15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, 17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

  • The descendants of Canaan (the fourth son of Ham) are names more familiar in later Bible geography and history.
  • The Sidonians of Lebanon descended from Canaan along with the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and other lessor known peoples such as the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

Genesis 10 : 19 – And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

  • Recall that the curse Noah placed was upon the Canaanites. These were the godless people who inhabited the land when Israel later conquered it.
  • Their region was the land which historically has been known generally as Palestine ranging from Lebanon on the north (Sidon) to Gaza on the south, to Sodom and Gomorrah on the east (the Dead Sea) and thence northward.

Genesis 10 : 20 – These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

  • A summary of the people and lands of Ham are those noted. They formed the people of the southern portion of the Middle East southward and including Africa.

Genesis 10 : 21 – Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

  • The descendants of Shem are noted. Reference is made to him being the brother of Japheth
  • This is possibly to note the spiritual similarity between the two in distinction to Ham and his behavior toward his father.
  • The note of the elder refers to Shem who was the oldest son of Noah.
  • The Shemites migrated for the most part to east after the matter of the tower of Babel and would form the root of the eastern, oriental, and Asian people of the world.
  • It is also of note that the term “Semitic” derives from Shem. Technically, all eastern people are Semitic and not just the Jews as is the common application today.

Genesis 10 : 22 – The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

  • The children of Shem are Elam who is essentially the origins of the Persian people known as Iran today.
  • Asshur refers to the peoples of Assyria, modern Syria

Genesis 10 : 23-29 – And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash. 24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber. 25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

  • Aram is the father of the Syrian people and is the base of the Aramaic language.
  • Other names of some note are Uz of the book of Job.
  • Uz likely were the people who populated a region perhaps south and east of Palestine.
  • Peleg evidently was the time of the division of languages at the tower of Babel.
  • Joktan became the father of some of the Arabian peoples.
  • Ophir, noted later in Scripture, along with Havilah were regions of the Arabian peninsula.

Genesis 10 : 30 – And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

  • The word Sephar refers to a place in Arabia The Jews today use it to refer to the orient, noting “Sephardic” Jews as oriental in distinction to western (European) Jews.

Genesis 10 : 31 – These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

  • It is again noted of the descendants of Shem which to this day form the base of the oriental, eastern, and Asiatic peoples.
  • American Indians are presumably descended from them.

Genesis 10 : 32 – These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

  • As noted here, the entire earth was populated and divided after the flood by these three sons of Noah and their descendants.
  • The time line from chapter 10 into the early portion of chapter 11 is approximately 100 years.
  • According to the genealogy in 11:10-16, three generations, totaling 101 years were from the time of Shem after the flood to the time of Peleg at the time of the division.

So yeah, this chapter is boring and mildly exhausting.  So i apologize for taking a two weeks to put it out.  And I’m sorry if it’s boring and completely uninspired on my part.  But I seriously spent all last week staring at an empty screen trying to think of what I could write about this chapter!  So at least it is out of the way, and honestly that’s a pretty amazing breakdown of all the children!

It’s interesting to look and see it broken down so thoroughly.  It may be boring and un-entertaining, but it necessary!  So I’ll get started on chapter 11 pretty soon, I’ll give everyone time to comment :).

If anyone is interested in doing a future chapter let me know!

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Genesis Chapter 9

Finally a year later and we are off the Ark.  How long do you think a year feels to a 600 year old man?  I bet it doesn’t seem as long to him as it would us.  Plus he had all those animals to play with!

Ge:9:1: And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Once again, this is the only commandment that God has given us that the Human race has really taken to heart…Until recently.  We’ve even begun to break this commandment.  We love being fruitful, but we aren’t multiplying as much.  Abortions, laws in China “discouraging” having more than one child.  I’m just pointing it out, even the simplest and most fun of God’s commandments are being forgotten.

Ge:9:2: 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.
Ge:9:3: Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Genesis 9:2 & 3 are very interesting.  It makes you wonder what kind of relationship man had with animals up until the flood.  Were animals comfortable with people and had no fear?  Maybe up until the flood some of the animals were so large that there really wasn’t anything to fear from humans?  But now we are feared by every animal, even domesticated animals fear us, not just “wild” animals.  All animals have to be taught to trust humans.

Ahhhhh!!!!! People!

Also this is the same thing that God had decided while creating the Earth.

Ge:1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Was God speaking within the Trinity in this verse, during the creation?  I’m surprised I didn’t notice it the first time.  He did not tell this directly to Adam, but he did tell Noah directly.  And it even sounds like in 9:3 that God is, for the first time, telling man that he can eat meat.  I wonder if this was part of the evilness and violence of man before the flood, eating meat, because he gives permission to Noah to eat meat, saying “meat is the new salad.”

Ge: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.
Ge:9:6: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Ge:9:7: And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

This is kind of the first real commandments and laws that are given to us.  The first murder had only been punished by exile.  But I guess that after the first earth spiraled out of control, with violence, there had to be severe repressions for violent actions.  It almost seems like God is starting to distance himself from humanity, putting the law in our hands, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed”.  And even if an animal kills a man it must also face the same consequence.

But still, even halfway through chapter nine, Noah still hasn’t left the Ark.  Genesis 9:8-9:17 is God’s covenant with Noah, the animals, and future generations.

Ge:9:9: And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Ge:9:12: 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:
Ge:9:13: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Ge:9:16: 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.

I don’t know why, but I really like “for perpetual generations”.  God’s promise to never destroy the Earth again with flood (He currently still holds the rights to use any number of different ways to destroy the Earth.)  And in Genesis 9:13 He says covenant is between Him and the Earth.  The promise wasn’t completely for us, just like the punishment wasn’t all us.  His promise is to the creatures of the Earth as well.

I really think that 9:16 is interesting.  The rainbow isn’t just to remind us of his promise, but it’s to remind him as well!  It boggles my mind to think that he too wants to be reminded of His promise to us.  It is nice to think that He still pays so close attention to us and the Earth that He notices small things like rainbows and dying sparrows.

Ge:9:18: And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

This makes me wonder if Ham’s wife had a child while on the ark?  It’s funny that they would mention a son while saying that they were leaving the Ark!

This is almost how I envisioned Noah's home when I read Kathy's book.

Ge:9:20: And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Just in case anyone was wondering, because I was, I looked it up.  Husbandry – The act or practice of cultivating crops and breeding and raising livestock; agriculture.  The, “he planted a vineyard” part is a good setup for the first recorded disowning.

Ge:9:21: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Ge:9:22: And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Ge:9:23: 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.

First, before I even get started on the obvious, I just want to point out an interesting clue to how they lived.  “uncovered within his tent”.  It didn’t say room, or home, it specifies tent, meaning that they probably hadn’t really settled down and maybe they were nomadic?  But if Noah planted a vineyard and kept animals how nomadic could he have been?  With all those sheep, cows or goats and maybe even horses, he probably couldn’t have traveled around too far?  Maybe they just didn’t bother building homes?

Anyway, it’s weird that Canaan seems to get the short end of the stick when it was Ham that disrespected his father.  Ham must have went to his brothers and said something like, “Go look at that drunken old fool he fell asleep naked again” and maybe he was laughing the whole time.  But then the brothers respectfully cover Noah leaving Ham looking like the jerk.  What if Noah was drunk and alone because his wife had died and he was mourning?

Ge:9:24: And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Ge:9:25: And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

This almost sounds like Noah is disowning Ham and his line.  I wonder if Canaan had something to do with it?  He seems to take the brunt of the curse.  It’s almost like Noah is saying that if Canaan and his line wants to remain in the family and to have part of what is left to Noah’s children, that he will have to do it as servants of their houses.  Meaning he would inherit none of his fathers lands or herds.

Ge:9:26: And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Ge:9:27: God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Shem will inherit his fathers possessions, and Japheth will be the second heir?  It’s almost like Noah is a king and Shem, the first born, will take his throne when he dies.  And Japheth, the middle brother, will be like an Shem’s adviser or like a Prince.  Leaving Canaan nothing but to serve.

Ge:9:28: And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
Ge:9:29: And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

This chapter also closes the book on Noah.  He was allowed to live for three and a half more centuries which, in order to reboot the human population, was probably a necessity.

Sorry for the tardiness of Chapter Nine, I had a busy weekend!  Ten is next and it’s another super exciting chapter of lineages.

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