After a year on the ark, the first thing Noah does when the water recedes and he leaves the ark is build an altar to the Lord. Why? Because we must come to God His way, which was established in the garden when He killed an innocent animal to cover Adam and Eve after the fall, showing us that the blood of the innocent must be shed to cover our sins. This is a picture of the perfect, spotless Lamb, our Savior, who is coming to die on the cross for our sins. Abel understood this as he came to the Lord His way, and we see Noah understands this as well. (Brace yourself because many animals will be sacrificed throughout this story before Jesus comes in the form of man to die for us as the final sacrificial Lamb.)
The Lord blesses Noah and his sons and gives them the same promises He gave to Adam and Eve in the garden. He tells them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Then God makes a covenant with Noah and his sons and every living creature. He says, “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God gives them another picture – “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”
Ok, now after all that, Noah plants a vineyard and gets drunk. I know, I didn’t learn that in Sunday school class either, but go easy on Noah. He just witnessed the entire world, including his neighbors, friends, extended family, and everything else outside of the ark, die. However, there are always consequences to our sin, and the same is true here with Noah and his son Ham. Because in Noah’s drunken, naked state, Noah’s son Ham does something naughty to him. As a result, Noah curses Ham’s son Canaan of whom the Canaanite people descend. We will learn more about them soon.
But first, tomorrow we will read the last of the five stories of the Creation Era: 1) Creation ✔️ 2) Fall ✔️ 3) Cain and Abel ✔️ 4) Flood ✔️ and up tomorrow…5) Tower of Babel. Then we will jump into the Patriarch Era so keep reading!
(Genesis 7:1-10:5, 1 Chronicles 1:5-7, Genesis 10:6-20, 1 Chronicles 1:8-16, Genesis 10:21-30, 1 Chronicles 1:17-23, Genesis 10:31-32)