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Monday, July 29 2013
Genesis 9: The LORD's Covenant With Noah
Humans were created as vegetarians (coincidentally or not, the greatest human lifespans, hundreds of years, occurred before humans became meat eaters; see Genesis 5: From Adam To Noah). Animals themselves were created as vegetarians.
"1:29 And God [see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word] said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed [see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?]; to you it shall be for meat [see When Meat Was A Vegetable]. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Genesis 1:29-30 KJV)
After the Flood, the LORD declared that "clean" birds and animals were also permissible for the human diet (see Genesis 7: The Flood for an explanation of why birds and animals are classified as "clean" or "unclean").
"9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things." (Genesis 9:1-3 KJV)
The allowance of meat-eating, along with not eating "unclean" creatures, included a command that blood was not to be consumed. Notice the connection between that command and the LORD's command that murderers are to be executed.
"9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
As the LORD commanded to the first humans ("1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" Genesis 1:28 KJV), so too Noah and his descendants were commanded "be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."
"9:7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein." (Genesis 9:7 KJV)
The covenant with the "seed" of Noah was a fore-picture of the righteous line that would progress through Abraham - to whom the LORD made a further "seed" covenant of the same purpose (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). The rainbow in the clouds ("the bow shall be in the cloud") sign also was prophecy of clouds, not just rainbows (see Behold, He Cometh With Clouds).
"9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 9:10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 9:11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
The infamous incident of Noah and "what his younger son had done unto him" is widely misunderstood (racists have even used it as their excuse). First, according to the Scriptures, Japheth was Noah's youngest son, not Ham.
"9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18-19 KJV)
Ham, who was Noah's second-born son, not Noah's youngest son (Shem was Noah's firstborn son, Japheth was Noah's youngest son) "saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without."
"9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness." (Genesis 9:20-23 KJV)
Canaan was Ham's youngest son: "10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6 KJV). The curse was put upon Canaan, "his [i.e. Ham's] younger son."
"9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Noah's family was of the last generations of humanity before the LORD reduced human longevity at the time of the Flood ("6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." Genesis 6:3 KJV; see also What Makes Physical Life Possible?)
"9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died." (Genesis 9:28-29 KJV)
Fact Finder: Who actually committed the sin against Noah, Ham or Canaan? What were the long-term consequences of the curse?
This Day In History, July 29
238: As the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; see also The Rise Of The Malignant Beast) continued to unravel, the Praetorian Guard (the supposed bodyguards of the Roman Emperors) executed the co-Emperors Pupienus and Balbinus in Rome. Gordian III, at age 13, was proclaimed Emperor.
904: Saracen raiders sacked Thessalonica (known in the Holy Bible from the epistles to the Thessalonians; see also 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition), which at the time was the Byzantine Empire's second-largest city (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1030: Olaf II was killed at the battle of Stiklestad while attempting to recover his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
1148: The Siege of Damascus ended with a decisive crusader defeat which led to the disintegration of the Second Crusade (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy).
1565: Mary Queen of Scots married Henry Stuart at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1567: James VI was crowned King of Scotland.
1588: During the Anglo-Spanish War, the Battle of Gravelines. English naval forces under the command of Charles Howard and Francis Drake defeated the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France.
1715: Ten Spanish treasure galleons were sunk off the Florida coast by a hurricane.
1793: John Graves Simcoe began the construction of a fort and settlement in a bay on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is known today as the Canadian city of Toronto.
1830: Charles X of France abdicated.
1848: Hopes of a nationalist uprising in Ireland were dashed when an insurrection at Tipperary led by William Smith O'Brien failed.
1900: King Umberto I of Italy was assassinated at Monza by anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
1914: Austria-Hungary bombarded Belgrade, Serbia; the first military action of the First World War.
1921: Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, later known by the abbreviation "Nazi." Hitler was later elected as the leader of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion)
1930: The airship R100 set out on its first passenger-carrying flight from England to Canada.
1947: Three Jewish terrorists were hung by the British for an attack on the Acre prison that freed 251 convicted criminals, including murderers. In response, Jewish resistance leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel) ordered the hanging of 2 British hostages, Army Sergeants Clifford Martin and Mervyn Paice, the same day. The action set off anti-Jewish riots across Britain, the first in Britain since the 13th century. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate to understand that the present-day state of Israel, which is actually Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah), came into existence because the British freed "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Hebrew word "Philistine") from centuries of control and occupation by Muslim forces.
1948: The first Olympic Games after World War II opened in London at Wembley Stadium.
1957: The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1968: Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), declared that any artificial forms of birth control were prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.
1973: Greeks voted to abolish their monarchy.
1987: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain and President Francois Mitterrand of France signed an agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel, later known as the Eurotunnel.
1996: China carried out a nuclear explosion at its Lop Nor nuclear testing ground. It measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.
2005: Astronomers announced the discovery of the dwarf planet that they named Eris (although many scientists reject religion, they nevertheless routinely name scientific discoveries and programs after pagan gods and idols).