The Bible Slam: Genesis Chapter 9

In this segment, Noah and the other survivors settle down and are told to multiply.   All beasts, fowl and fish will be afraid of humans forever and man may eat any kind of flesh he desires, so long as the blood is drained from it.   God makes a covenant to not destroy the earth by flood again (the previous chapter did not specify "flood") and the rainbow as a sign of the covenant is reiterated.   Noah gets drunk and his son Ham sees him passed out, naked, so God curses Ham's son Canaan into slavery.   Noah dies at 950 years old.

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Interesting Points to Consider.

  • Genesis 9:3 reads, "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."   However, in Deuteronomy 14:7-8 and Leviticus 11:2-4, "unclean meats" are defined.   Not only are people not to eat these "unclean meats," but they are not to touch the carcasses.
  • Genesis 9:5 "…. and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."   Does this support the death penalty?   Why was Cain merely "marked" instead of killed?   As the bible stories progress, there are many "God authorized" types of war and killings.
  • Ham accidentally sees his drunken father naked, tells his brothers — who cover him   up — and then in Genesis 9:24, we read, "And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him."   What exactly did Ham do to him?
  • Why was Ham's innocent son punished for something that Ham did?
  • God apparently approves of slavery, since he made Canaan (Ham's son) a slave.
  • Written King James Version, with commentary.

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  • He didn't curse him for seeing him naked, he was cursed for copying the garments that Noah wore and made false ones. He tried to imitate the priesthood and garments. His curse was to be cut off from the true priesthood.

    • Payday, I've reread the chapter and cannot find what it is that you are talking about. It's pretty explicit. Noah was drunk and naked and Ham sees him that way. There's nothing in there about priestly garments. Are you talking about some other passage? If so, where?

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