God Sends Men Forth a Second Time
In Genesis chapter
1 after God had created Adam and Eve he sent them forth and gave them
their authority and dominion in the earth: Gen. 1:28 "And God blessed
them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth
upon the earth." Now after the flood God again gives man his authority
and dominion: Gen. 9:1-3, 7 "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said
unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 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.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green
herb have I given you all things...And you, be ye fruitful, and
multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."
two times that God sends forth men are similar and yet they are
different. The first time God sent forth man and gave him authority and
dominion man had not sinned. He was placed in the best of environments
and yet the results for man were that he sinned and the corruption
followed. The second thing different was the diet. The first time
man's diet consisted of the herb of the field and the fruit of the
trees. Now God sends man forth and he is still polluted with the inward
corruption of sin. This was no doubt a new beginning with man, but as
we will see the same old results as sin and corruption will soon
follow. Now man's diet is expanded to allow for the consumption of
authority and stewardship given to him of God is still basically the
same both before the flood and after the flood.
Noah's Life Span after the Flood
Gen. 9:28, 29 "And
Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the
days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died."
flood removed the envelope of water from the outer atmosphere of the
earth. This allowed for the ultraviolet oxidizing rays of the sun to
reach the earth's surface and begin shortening men's lives. However, it
took some time for these rays to become concentrated in our local
atmosphere and thus for a period of time, men continued to live much
longer than they do today. Yet, with each subsequent generation the
time span of man on earth shortened until it reached about what it is
lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood. This made for a
total of nine hundred and fifty years that Noah lived before he died.
Only Methuselah lived longer on earth than Noah.
Sin of Ham and the Curse on Canaan
Gen. 9:20-27 "And
Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank
of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his
two brethren without. 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. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his
younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant
of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the
LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge
Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be
after the flood, Noah planted a vineyard and drank of the wine until he
was drunken. In his drunken state he was uncovered within his tent.
Later in the scriptures drunkenness is condemned. Noah's drunkenness
set off a chain of reactions. Ham saw the nakedness of his father and
told his two brothers without. Shem and Japheth knew that they should
not look upon their father's nakedness and took a garment and went
backward with their faces backward and covered their father so as not to
look upon his nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine he knew what his
younger son had done unto him. The sin was not so much what the younger
son had seen, but what he had done. Since we are not told exactly what
he did, we will not speculate. However, the sin was such that Noah
pronounced a curse upon the youngest son of Ham and a blessing upon Shem
the one who sinned, yet the curse was placed upon the youngest son of
Ham, Canaan. Ham had sinned against his father, yet the curse was
placed on the son of Ham. Many have said that this is unfair. However,
it should be noted that Adam sinned against God and subsequently all the
descendents of Adam have sinned against God. The scriptures are plain
that Adam brought himself and all mankind under the curse of the law of
sin and death: Moreover, we read in Gal. 3:10 "For as many as are of the
works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every
one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of
the law to do them." That places all mankind under the curse.
Thankfully, verse 13 of Gal. 3 tells us: "Christ hath redeemed us from
the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" Christ was "made to be sin
for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God
in him." The son of man was made to be a curse for the sins of God's
sons (elect children).
Moreover, in the curse and blessings pronounced by Noah Shem is
favored. The kingdom rested with the descendents of Shem through the
seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Christ came as the seed of Abraham.
The oracles of the Old Testament were given to the children of Israel.
The ceremonial worship and service was given to the children of Israel.
They were greatly blessed with these things.
see that Japheth was enlarged and that he dwelt in the tents of Shem.
After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the gospel
was sent to the Gentiles beginning at the house of Cornelius. The
Gentiles have carried the gospel since that time. The Gentiles came to
dwell in the tent that was originally established with Shem. Now it is
a much bigger tent (enlarged). The Gentiles have been greatly blessed
with the gospel of Jesus Christ.