A Fresh Start (Daily Portion 10305)

Scripture Passage: 
Genesis 9:1-29

After the flood, God gave man a fresh start through Noah and his family. Man is to replenish the earth and make another go at it. God gave Noah foundational principles of good government and promised all creation that the earth would never again be destroyed by water. But tragically, by the end of the chapter, sin had already begun to corrupt the new world.

What Does It Say?

  1. God told Noah, Be fruitful, _________, and ___________ the earth.
  2. Man should never eat the flesh with the _______ thereof, which is the _________ thereof.
  3. Noah had three sons and of them was the whole earth ______________.
  4. Shem and Japheth took a garment and went backward to cover the _____________ of their father.
  5. Noah blessed saying, God shall __________ Japheth, and he shall dwell in the _________ of Shem.

What Does It Mean?

  1. In verse 3, man is told, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all thing.” Compare this with Genesis 1:29-30. What has changed about the diet of man? How has the diet of some of the animals changed? According to Genesis 9:4, what is man still restricted from eating?
  2. Verses 5 and 6 deal with capital punishment. The general rule is that if one man takes the life of another by murder, then he must forfeit his own life. A full biblical study of this subject will show that this principle is a cornerstone of good government. Compare Ezekiel 22:1-15 with Leviticus 18:20-23, and tell what sins defile a land. What is the result of a land being defiled (see Leviticus 18:24-30; Ezekiel 36:16-19)? How does God deal with the sin of innocent blood (see Deuteronomy 21:1-9; 2 Kings 24:1-4)? How does God feel about the freeing of murderers (see Numbers 35:31-34; Deuteronomy 19:10-13).
  3. What is the covenant made in Genesis 9? What is the token of that covenant? What do you think the significance of the token is? Find the covenant and the token of the covenant in Genesis 17:7-14.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. God promised to never destroy the earth again by water (v.15). This must have been a precious promise to those who had just seen the earth and all that was in it destroyed in this way. Peter speaks of us being given “exceeding great and precious promises” (2Peter 1:4). Which of God’s promises are the most precious to you?
  2. Consider Noah’s actions in verses 20-21. At what point did the actions of Noah become sin? Explain how the sins got progressively worse and led to other sins. Can you think of other examples, in the Bible or from your own observations, of how sin starts out little but leads to greater and greater sins?
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 13:20

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.