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Genesis Nine: God’s Covenant
 
SATURDAY, November 15
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16: “Cursed is he who dishonors his mother or father.”
Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”
Lesson: God’s Covenant

1. Read Genesis 9.

SUNDAY, November 16
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 20:1
Lesson: God’s Covenant with Noah

1. Genesis 9:1 “And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.’”
 A. This is a testimony to God’s love and mercy towards His children in that He blesses them.
  1. Ephesians 1:2,3: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
  2. Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”
 B. God renews His first blessing to man, as when He told Adam to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” in Genesis 1:28, He again commands Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
 C. God, again, gives man the earth as his own possession.
  1. Psalm 115:16: “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of men.”
2. Genesis 9:2,3: “And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.”
 A. Harmful animals are restrained from hurting man by placing the fear of man in them. Remember that before sin, man and beast lived in harmony, but because of man’s sin, all the earth was corrupted, including the animals’ relationship with man. However, we also know that the harmony that man and beast enjoyed before the Fall will be restored with the new heaven and the new earth.
 B. God reaffirms that man is to have dominion over the animals.
  1. Psalm 8:4,6-8: “What is man, that You take thought of him? And the son of man, that You care for him? … You made him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas.”
 C. Man had never been permitted to eat meat before, but now God allows man to eat meat.
 D. God is a God of order as we see the same order of blessings in which God blessed Adam in the beginning, God now blesses Noah and his sons in the beginning of the earth once again.
  1. Genesis 1:28-30: “And God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that move on the earth.’ Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so.”
3. Genesis 9:4-7: “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”
 A. God is showing the importance He places on the lives He created by forbidding man to eat the blood of any animal, or for beasts to eat man, or for man to shed another man’s blood wantonly, for blood represents life and is therefore sacred. This once again points to Christ, for sin is so hideous in God’s holy eyes that it took the sacred blood of Christ to atone for transgressors’ sins. Blood was a covering for sin, and therefore should not be eaten, for it is the lifeblood of man and beast and belongs unto God, or should not be shed carelessly. Here we say this, for we know that God did command His people to go to war on His behalf, in which man’s blood was most assuredly shed, but again as consequence of sin. Notice that animals who kill human life He will require their lifeblood, yet he does not say that animals cannot kill each other. In the beginning animals ate plants; as a matter of fact there wasn’t any killing before the sin of Adam and Eve.
  1. Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”
  2. Exodus 21:28,29: “If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished. If, however, an ox was previously in the habit of goring, and its owner has been warned, yet he does not confine it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.”
 B. Since man was made in God’s image, God establishes His law of capital punishment for anyone who takes another’s life. Life is sacred. By establishing this civil ordinance, God has not only shown man the sanctity of life, but has set the foundation for institution of government for the purpose of restraining evil and bringing about justice through a system of law. And He then commanded man to subject himself to the governing authorities and be obedient to the law.
  1. Romans 13:1-7: “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
  2. All authority comes from God who instituted the authority of parents over children, husbands over wives, the church over believers, and the government to restrain sin and protect life and property by maintaining order that His people may fulfill God’s mandates. Contrary to the enemy’s propaganda, our nation’s Constitution was derived and defined by God’s Word.
  3. However, let us keep in mind that we are never to obey the government when it is in violation of God’s law, for we are clearly to obey God rather than men.
   a. Acts 5:27-29: “And when they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered and said, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”

MONDAY, November 17
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 20:1
Lesson: The Sign of the Covenant

1. Genesis 9:8-17: “Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, ‘Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. And I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. And it shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ And God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.’”
 A. God had promised this covenant before Noah and his family even entered the ark.
  1. “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:18).
  2. Covenant means “a mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant. In theology, the covenant of works is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man’s perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die. The covenant of redemption is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ. The covenant of grace is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that men shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.”
 B. This covenant also included the animals. The promise to this covenant was that God would never destroy the earth with a flood again. However, just as God cleansed the earth from all its wickedness by flood, God warns us of a future day when He will purify the earth of its wickedness by fire.
  1. 2 Peter 3:10-12: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!”
  2. Revelation 20:9; 21:1: “And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them…. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”
 C. God says that He will remember this covenant, giving the rainbow as the symbolic reminder to man that God will not forget His promise, even placing this rainbow around the throne of Jesus Christ, symbolizing His covenant of mercy for the repentant sinner. And notice in verse 16 that God refers to this covenant as an “everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
  1. Ezekiel 1:28: “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.”
  2. Revelation 4:1-3: “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.’ Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.”
 D. To summarize the covenant: (1) All creatures were to be fruitful and multiply; (2) Man was to have dominion over the animals; (3) Man was now allowed to eat meat, but he was never to eat the blood which was sacred to God; (4) Created in God’s image, man’s life was sacred; therefore, murder was punishable by death of both man and beast; (5) God promised that He would never destroy the earth again by a flood, and as long as the earth remained, there would always be spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

TUESDAY, November 18
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 20:1
Lesson: And He Made from One Man Every Nation

1. Genesis 9:18,19: “Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was populated.”
 A. Shem would be the father of the Jewish people, and Japheth fathered the people of Europe, America, and parts of Asia.
  1. Ham was the father of the Canaanites who were Israel’s enemy. The Canaanites were very evil, idolatrous people.
 B. God made all nations from one man Noah.
  1. Acts 17:24-31: “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one [man], every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all [people] everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

WEDNESDAY, November 19
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 20:1
Lesson: Be Ever Vigilant to Refrain from Sinning

1. Genesis 9:20,21: “Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.”
 A. This great and honored man of God was not above farming, and even as old as he was, he did not live in idleness but was still very productive.
 B. How sad that this sin had occurred so soon after God had saved them from the deluge. Noah’s drunkenness serves as a valuable lesson to us in that we should never think that we are above sin and in doing so let our guard down. For we should be ever vigilant to guard ourselves against all forms of sin. We know, of course, that Noah was not a drunkard because God considered him a righteous man, yet even he was not safeguarded from sin as indeed all of us are sinners and need to beware.
  1. Luke 21:34-36: “Be on guard, that your hearts may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
 C. Drinking wine is not a sin of itself, for indeed Jesus even turned the water to wine at the marriage at Cana, and Paul even encourages Timothy to take a little for his stomach, but God condemns the drunkard and warns us not to get drunk.
  1. John 2:1-11: “And on the third day there was wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the wedding. And when the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the headwaiter.’ And they took it to him. And when the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, ‘Every man serves the good wine first, and when men have drunk freely, then that which is poorer; you have kept the good wine until now.’”
  2. Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”
  3. Proverbs 23:29-35: “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long over wine, those who go to taste mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will utter perverse things. And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or like one who lies down on the top of a mast. They struck me, but I did not become ill; they beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.”
  4. Habakkuk 2:15,16: “Woe to you who make your neighbors drink, who mix in your venom even to make them drunk so as to look on their nakedness! You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor. Now you yourself drink and expose your own nakedness. The cup in the Lord’s right hand will come around to you, and utter disgrace will come upon your glory.”
  5. 1 Corinthians 5:11: “I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”
  6. Ephesians 5:18: “And do not get drunk with wine.”
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-7: “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.”
  8. Galatians 5:22,23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
   a. As Christians we are always to have self-control, and since when one gets drunk he loses his self-control, we should never get drunk.
 
THURSDAY, November 20
Memorize Thy Word: Deuteronomy 27:16, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 20:1
Lesson: Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

1. Genesis 9:22-29: “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. So he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brothers.’ He also said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.’ And Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.”
 A. Ham did not respect and honor his father. Just innocently coming upon his father’s nakedness was not a sin and if he had immediately covered his father’s nakedness up, in essence covering his father’s sin without revealing it to others, all would have been as it should, yet not only does he not cover him, he leaves him exposed and shares his father’s sin with his brothers. The other two brothers, however, cover up their father’s sin by covering his nakedness, and do revere him by making every effort not to look upon their father’s nakedness. Sadly, when people fall into sin, there are those who love to point it out to others, yet we should be careful not to revel in others’ sins, but should indeed grieve over their sins, protect their reputation, and try to restore them to righteousness.
  1. Obadiah 12: “Do not gloat over your brother’s day, the day of his misfortune. And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah in the day of their destruction; yes, do not boast in the day of their distress.”
  2. Proverbs 14:9: “Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will.”
  3. 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
  4. James 5:19,20: “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.”
  5. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
 B. Ham’s descendants were cursed because of Ham’s sins; indeed the Canaanites were the most polluted race in history. God’s curse gave credence to the Israelites to conquer the Canaanites and possess their land which was promised to Abraham’s descendants.
 C. Conquered people were referred to as servants, as indeed the descendants of Shem. The Israelites did conquer the Canaanites and took their land from them.
  1. Joshua 3:9,10: “Then Joshua said to the children of Israel, ‘Come here, and hear the words of the Lord your God.’ And Joshua said, ‘By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites …’”
  2. Joshua 9:23: “Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.”
  3. Ham was one of the sacred seed saved to replenish the earth, yet so soon after the flood, his sin is so great that his posterity is cursed. The Canaanites were disgraced because of the dishonor and disgrace Ham showed to his father. For God placed parents in authority over children, and all rebellion, even from grown children (for we must remember that Ham is a man now, not a young child, but still Noah’s child), is directly in rebellion to God. God is the one who placed Noah over Ham, so it was God whom Ham was showing contempt. Let us be especially careful that we honor our own parents, being very careful how we speak about them in front of our children and in front of others. God’s sacred order of authority places parents over their children as God is over His children. So serious is this contempt for God’s authority that the curse was placed on Ham’s posterity.
   a. Deuteronomy 27:16: “Cursed is he who dishonors his father or mother.”
   b. Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”
 D. “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem” was a very special blessing as God was saying that He was the God of Shem and his descendants. Of course, this is the Jewish people. Indeed, Shem would receive the greatest blessing for God Himself would be Shem’s blessing.
  1. Psalm 144:15b: “How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”
  2. Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
  3. Let us remember that when we do what is right, it is because the Lord’s Spirit is in us, and therefore our acts of righteousness should be attributed to God Himself and not unto ourselves. He will give the blessings as He sees fit, but all the glory goes to Him.
   a. Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
 E. Japheth’s descendants were the Gentiles, the nations of all Europe, America, and part of Asia. “Enlarged” here means persuaded; that they should be persuaded to follow the God of Shem and thence be united with the Jews in the church; hence, “and let him dwell in the tents of Shem.” This indeed refers to us being grafted into the vine of God that we would become sons of Abraham, and the Lord would become our God, too. In essence we would receive great blessings from Shem’s descendant Jesus Christ, and through His seed we would be united with God’s chosen, His church.
  1. Ephesians 2:11-22: “Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called ‘Uncircumcision’ by the so-called ‘Circumcision,’ which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
  2. Galatians 3:26-29: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”