Gen 8-9 (yesterday was supposed to say to read chapter 7 too!)
In chapter 8 we see God closing out the judgement on the world. He brings Noah’s family back to dry ground and prepares the world for re-population. He has graciously kept humanity from destroying their only plan for redemption and now we read the next command: Be fruitful and increase in number and FILL the earth. God instructs them they can eat meat and green plants (just not living animals). Additionally He commands them to not kill one another because mankind was made in the image of God. Yet another beautiful promise: Noah, I will never flood the earth again. God, though man has already failed, has promised mankind that He would not carry out the same punishment… so essentially they shouldn’t be terrified of rain lol. Unfortunately even some among those saved by Noah’s righteousness will begin to perform great evils (remember we aren’t told of anyone else on that ark having been righteous). Noah drinks and passes out from over consumption. We often view this as something that is his flesh leading him… which is true of course. However, keep in mind the trauma these people must have experienced… People screaming for help as they drown all around their vessel. Fists beating on the doors and shreaks of terror petitioning for mercy and allowed on the ship. All around them was torment and death as God destroyed all those who were wicked. Noah likely, as many of us would, was trying to drown out the memories of the immense judgement he just saw. He is also probably terrified… yeah God promised but we live in the realm of “did God really say.” We live in the realm of doubt. So, Noah’s son either 1)mocks his father due to his nakedness and inability to control himself or 2)molests his father. Both views are seen in different camps throughout scholars. Regardless the shame Ham (Noah’s son) is pouring out on his father is horrendous, ESPECIALLY because this man’s (Noah) righteousness is what saved Ham’s life. Though deliverance and significant work was performed through this man his son quickly begins to disrespect and murder Noah’s reputation. The chapter begins with a command not to kill humans and Ham begins to murder his father. Later in Scripture we learn that what Ham does here is essentially murdering his father in God’s eyes. His heart is doing the same things someone that is murdering has done. Scripture says,”Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
Hatred abounds even after deliverance. God has made it evident both for the purposes of judgement and the purposes of hope that mankind CANNOT do good. The first humans didn’t even have a sinful nature yet they disobeyed. The following human jumped all the way to murder. Now these humans, after being freed from the onslaught of death and judgement all around them, are walking in open defiance. Humans, with any sense of freedom, sprint from the arms of God. We need something, or someone, to step in and help us obey. The over arching narrative is being reiterated: Mankind cannot save itself.
Lord help me not to lie to myself and think I can be righteous. Instead remind me daily that hatred, murder, complete idolatry lurk waiting to rule over me. “Sin is crouching at my door; it desires to have me, but I must rule over it.” (Gen 4:7) Keep me from being so arrogant to think that I can walk in righteousness without you. Thank You for graciously being merciful when I am disobedient and offering me deliverance.
You’ve likely seen many Christians make MAJOR mistakes… How about we stop acting like they aren’t exactly like us. If you have not been overcome with immense sin in your life then you should be THANKFUL that God has kept you from it. It has NOTHING to do with you and your ability but entirely to do with God. Remind yourself, and anyone else you see who thinks they are “righteous” that their goodness has nothing to do with them. Anyone who is “good” is only being graciously kept in that realm by God. NO ONE IS RIGHTEOUS NO NOT ONE! (Romans 3:10-12,Psalm 14:1-3,Psalm 53:1-3) Our goodness is found in God’s grace and mercy. Love those who have been overcome by the enemy instead of shaming them… sin is crouching waiting to rule over you too…