Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 9

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: To Record God's Creation and Identify His Plan (c 1-22)
Theme: The Story of Noah (c 6-11)
Message: Repopulating the Earth (v 1-28)

Genesis 9 Commentary

(9:1-4) God Blesses Noah - For Noah's Faithfulness the Lord Blesses Noah and His Family with Children and Rule over the Resources he Provides.

(9:5) God will require each person to account for his or her actions. We cannot harm or kill another human being without answering to God. God created human life with his breath (the Holy Spirit). He holds our lives in high esteem. Therefore consequences come when someone is murdered. A penalty must be paid. Justice will be served.

(9:6) God Reminds us to Respect All Human Life -  Here God explains why murder is so wrong: To kill a person is to kill one made in God's image. Because all human beings are made in God's image, all people possess the qualities that distinguish them from animals; morality, reason, creativity, and self worth. When we interact with others, we are interacting with beings made to reflect God, beings to whom God offers eternal life. God wants us to recognize his image in all people.

(9:8-17) The Covenant of the Rainbow -  Noah stepped out of the ark onto an earth devoid of human life. But God gave him a reassuring promise. This covenant had three parts: (p) Never again will a flood do such destruction; (2) as long as the earth remains, the seasons will always come as expected (8:22); and (3) a rainbow will be visible as a sign to all that God will keep his promises. The earth's order and seasons are still preserved, and rainbows still remind us of God's faithfulness to his word.

(9:20-28) Noah chooses to Sin -  Noah, the great hero of faith, got drunk-a poor example of godliness to his sons. And Ham's mocking attitude revealed a severe lack of respect for his father and for God. Perhaps this story is included to show us that even godly people can sin and that their bad influence affects their families. Although the wicked people had all been killed, the possibility of evil still existed in the hearts of Noah and his family

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God's Rainbow

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 9, and in today's text, we see the rainbow and the covenant God makes with humankind not to flood the earth again and gives us this symbol we still see today, the rainbow. The word covenant means promise. This promise is one of many promises to come in the Bible. Even in the Bible, we have a New and Old Testament; the word Testament means Covenant, and again, Covenant means promise. The message of the Old Testament is Jesus is coming, and the New is Jesus is here, and in Him is salvation from our sins. In making an application, every time I see the rainbow or look at the Bible, I am reminded that God loves me and keeps his promises. How about you? Do you see God's Covenants in your life? And seeing these promises, you praise and serve Him, for He is a God that loves you and keeps his Word.


Genesis 9

Genesis 9

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

 2And 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.

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

 4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

 5And 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.

 6Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

 7And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

 8And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,

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

 10And 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.

 11And 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.

 12And 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:

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

 14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

 15And 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.

 16And 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.

 17And 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.

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

 19These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

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

 21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

 23And 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.

 24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

 25And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

 26And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

 27God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

 28And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

 29And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.