v. 1 - "And God remembered Noah and every living thing
....that was with him in the ark"
v. 2 - "the rain from heaven was restrained"- literally, was
v. 3 - For 150 days - the flood had prevailed destroying the
world that then was - II Pet. 3:6 - the earth had been
purged of the wicked hordes that had made its
physical beauty only a mockery.
Can it be that modern science, especially modern-pseudo-
science has misinterpreted the flood and has misrepresented
evolution - the fossils in geological strata speak eloquently of
death - could it be that the record in the rocks is not a
testimony to evolution but rather to God's sovereign power
and judgment on sin!???!!
v. 4 - "And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the
seventeenth day of the month" - on this date the
children of Israel passed over the Red Sea and
Jesus Christ arose again from the dead!
Pulpit Commentary - "Supposing the Flood to have begun in Marchesvan, the 2nd month of the civil year (about the beginning of November) - we have the remarkable coincidences that on the 17th day of Abib (about the beginning of April) the ark rested
on Mt. Ararat, the Israelites passed over the Red Sea and our Lord rose from the dead" - Speaker's Commentary
v. 17 - The Scripture is clear in insisting that "every beast,
every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever
creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth
out of the ark - all the earth's present dry-land animals
are descendants of those that were on the ark.
Henry Morris says in The Genesis Record that modern
computer studies have shown, that the geographical center of
the earth 's land areas is located within a short distance of
Mount Ararat, a coincidence that can hardly be other than
v. 21 -
Generations of the past, our own generation and those yet
to be born have benefited from Noah's sacrifice of
intercession and God's response to it
v. 1 - "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth"
v. 5 - Whosoever or whatsoever kills a human being forfeits
their life - it is the law of God - the Siberian tiger that
killed the young man in San Francisco last week
is/was under the ban of God - also any person who
commits murder is under the ban according to
"will I require it" - the word "require" is a judicial term, God
here as Judge, exacts a strict and severe penalty for the
infraction of this sacred law.
v. 6 - "by man" - man acting as God's instrument and
All men are responsible to see that this justice is
executed - judges role in this laxity - the first court
that I remember being called liberal was the Warren
Court - Sat. Dec. 29, 2007 - I was watching the fifth game
of the 1969 World Series - Tony Kubek was on the
sidelines and interviewed Earl Warren - not about
this of course but there have many judges and many
lawyers that have played a role in the deliberate
disobedience of this commandment from the God of
all the earth -
"shall" - an imperative command which enjoins
capital punishment - Why? "for in the image of
God made He man"
What is happening in our day is the undermining of
a great principle designed by God for the good of
all people - "they shall fear" - our age is apparently
running headlong into a parallel of the times before
the Flood when we study the life histories of Cain
and Lamech - remember the early TV show - "This
is Your Life" - someday each of our lives will be
highlighted by none other than Jehovah God when
we each are individually brought before Him.
Evidently, before the Flood, each person was able to
act quite independently of all restraints except those
of his own conscience and self-interest - this led to a
state of violence and anarchy - God instituted
government, especially the authority for capital
punishment, equipping man with the means to
prevent similar conditions after the Flood that
occurred before the Flood. (expound on notes
about Cain and Abel)
The liberal element of our society, esp. the ACLU
and their lawyers, misinterpret God's command
along the lines of II Pet. 3:16.
The prohibition against killing - "Thou shalt not
kill" plainly applies to murder, not to judicial
vs. 9-17 - the establishment of God's covenant and
promise to man never to destroy the earth again
by water -
The rainbow in the sky can not help but arrest the
attention of man - it is perpetual, applicable to the end of time!
The same Lord who had seen them safely through the Flood
would also protect and provide for them in the future!
And the witness of the rainbow, spanning from one end of
heaven to the other, would remind them that God's promises
were from eternity to eternity, from beginning to end!
vs. 20-24 - Noah's let down and Ham's mistake/sin!
This is the first mention of wine in the Bible. There is
scarcely a sin to which intoxication may not lead - the only
cure for drunkenness is to "be filled with the Spirit" -
I would like to think that Noah had been under quite a
strain for the last hundred or so years but that is no
excuse - as far as the time frame - Canaan was Ham's
fourth child and all were born after the Flood.
In this instance the sins associated with drunkenness are
shame, degradation of father and son, alienation of
brethren, human slavery - all spawning from intemperance
vs. 25-27 - The Noahic Prophecy - according to Acts 17:26, God
has a specific time, place and purpose for each nation
throughout the ages - the major purpose for each
national entity was "that they should seek the Lord"
God had purposed for man to fill the earth with physical
descendants - ch. 1:28, 9:1 but man's greatest responsibility
was to fill the earth "with the knowledge of the Lord" -
Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14.
Man had three duties to perform as stewards of God's
creation - (1) spiritual - receiving, preserving and teaching
the knowledge of the Word of God (2) intellectual - learning
about and teaching about the world which God created and
(3) physical - providing the material needs for man's comfort.
This corresponds to the threefold nature of man - spirit, soul
Every person has to some degree, all three capacities but
often only one of them predominates - some people are
controlled by physical appetites, some by intellectual
pursuits and some by spiritual mindedness - this can
and does often apply to nations.
For the most part, in my opinion, the United States of
America was complete and well rounded up until about
1960 - since we have become materialistically and physically
minded to the point of rejecting our spiritual responsibilities
and denying our nature which is made in the image of God?
Take an athletic man, the most perfect specimen of athletic
training, bone, flesh, and sinew, if that is all, he is but 1/3
of a man and useless to society; send him to the schools
and cram his mind full, he is but 2/3 of a man and dangerous
as well as useless. Put Christ in his heart to control and
urge his purpose and you have an ideal, complete man -
all 3/3 of him.
v. 25 - "Cursed be Canaan" - this is the second curse
on a human being - the first was on Cain.
"a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren"
Hamites - predominantly interested in physical things
Japhethites - predominantly curious and leaders in
Semites - dominated by religious motivations centered
There are allowances for individual differences - a
descendant of Ham may be very spiritually minded and
become a fruitful servant of the true God - a particular
descendant of Japheth could be dull of mind but skillful
in technological devices - a particular Semite could be
an atheist as I mentioned Carl Sagan last week!
v. 29 - As prolonged as was the life of Noah "who found
grace in the eyes of the Lord" - his 950 years
came to an end at last "and he died"