B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 9

B'resheet 9:1 And G-d blessed Noach and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

This command was first given to Adam. It is now repeated to Noach.

B'resheet 1:28 And G-d blessed them; and G-d 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 moves on the earth."

B'resheet 9:2-4 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. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

It seems that the animals were not afraid of people prior to this time. Man becomes a carnivore. Not to drink blood because there is life in the blood. This points us also to the idea that there is eternal life in the blood of His Son on a higher plain. Pagans drink blood. HaShem forbids this. Prior to this men were vegetarians.

B'resheet 9:5-6 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 G-d He made man."

Man was made in the image of G-d. It is for this reason that killing man either by an animal or by another man is forbidden.

B'resheet 9:7 "And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."

G-d repeats the command.

B'resheet 9:8-17 Then G-d spoke to Noach 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 G-d 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 G-d and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." And G-d said to Noach, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

This is the third covenant in the book of B'resheet. It is known as the Noachic Covenant.

G-d makes this covenant with all mankind and all of the animals too. He promises that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood. This is the first everlasting covenant in the Bible.

Note - There are some people who do not believe that the flood was global. They believe that Noah's flood was a local flood. If they were correct, G-d would be a liar. Why? Because there have been many local floods since and He told Noach there would NEVER be another flood to destroy all the earth again.

G-d gives us a sign of this covenant. It is a rainbow. :~) Every time we see a rainbow we are to remember this event and the promise G-d made over 4, 500 years ago.

B'resheet 9:18-19 Now the sons of Noach who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Yefet (Japheth); and Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noach; and from these the whole earth was populated.

Canaan - He is the grandson of Noach and the son of Ham. More on him in a minute.

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

We are one blood, one family. Each of us, no matter what color our skin is, no matter if we are Jewish or Gentile, rich or poor, we are all descendants of these three sons of Noach.

B'resheet 9:20 Then Noach began farming and planted a vineyard.

Life on earth returned to normal.

B'resheet 9:21 And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.

The Torah along with the whole Bible illustrates that none of us are perfect and reveals that we are reading about real people who all each have human weaknesses and we all fail at one time or another because of these weaknesses. This is in contrast to our Messiah who was, is, and always will be perfection in the flesh. We, believers in Yeshua, are now still considered righteous because His righteousness has been imputed to us.

Galatians 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed G-d, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that G-d would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel (good news) unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. KJV

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 We are therefore the Messiah's emissaries, as though G-d was making His appeal through us. We implore you on the Messiah's behalf. Be reconciled to G-d. G-d made who had NO sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of G-d.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Messiah died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possible dare to die. But G-d demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.

B'resheet 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.

Ham reveals the condition that Noah is in to his brothers which seems to reveal the lost of respect Ham has for his father.

Habakkuk 2:15 "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, Pressing him to your bottle, Even to make him drunk, That you may look on his nakedness! (NKJV)

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. (NAS)