Genesis 9-10

Summary

In Genesis chapter 9, God blesses Noah and his sons, and grants them flesh for food. Blood and murder are forbidden. God’s covenant, of which the rainbow was constituted a pledge. Noah’s family replenish the world. Noah plants a vineyard. becomes drunk, and mocked by his son. He curses Canaan, blesses Shem, prays for Japheth, and dies.

In Genesis chapter 10, we read about the generations of Noah, Japheth and Ham. Nimrod becomes the first monarch, and the descendants of Canaan. The sons of Shem.

Insight and Prayers

God made an eternal covenant with Noah that extended to all people on the earth, and would last forever.

(1) He would not judge the earth with water again (9:15);

(2) mankind is responsible to enact the death penalty for those who murder another (9:6);

(3) the order of seasons was established (8:22);

(4) mankind could eat meat, whereas people were probably vegetarians.

  • Lord, thank You for Your promises of protection from a judgmental flood, and Your assurance of the predictability of the seasons. Lord, help my culture to be properly responsible for the murderers among us. Amen.

Noah preached against riotous living (Luke 17:26, 27) and ungodliness by which “he condemned the world” (Heb. 11:7). Yet when Noah got old and the challenge of ministry was gone, he got drunk (9:21). Be careful of “old men’s sin” of forgetting in old age the vows made in youth. Did Noah sin because there were no more “worlds to conquer”? Did old age soften his self-discipline? Did old age blunt his mind so he didn’t think clearly? Or did satan get to Noah when his guard was down? Those who are entering old age should pray. 

  • Lord, keep my mind and body strong to resist sin. Keep my memory keen of the victories I had in my youth. Protect me so I don’t sin against You, and lose my testimony before the world. Strengthen me daily with Jesus Christ’s power. Amen.

Nimrod’s name means “Rebel.” Many commentators think he hunted people, not animals. He began the city of Babel (10:10). He established the nation Babylon, an autocratic, despotic government of tyranny (satan’s rage against God was reflected through Babylon.) Nimrod was “Before the LORD” (v. 9, twice), which means his evil attracted the attention of God. Dictators are not the Antichrist who will arise in the end times. They only represent the spirit of Antichrist. The events in chapter 11 probably happened before chapter 10, which is an ethnological table that lists the nations of the ancient world.

  • Lord, there always seems to be another political tyranny that destroys world peace. I pray against these evil anti-christs who destroy world peace. Raise up good leaders who represent truth, righteousness, and peace. Amen.

Christians are commanded by Paul to intercede for the nations, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim. 2:1, 2). The reference to “all kings and all who are in authority” includes all nations. Therefore, as you read the Table of Nations in chapter 10, pray for God to work in each nation. Some of these nations have had great revivals and Christian influence in the past. Can’t God do it again?

  • Lord, I pray peace for every nation in the world, but I know there will be no peace until You, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, returns to rule the world. Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible