You may have been tempted go somewhere new to escape the troubles you've encountered. However, the old and the new situation would have had one thing in common - you. Have you ever experience that? You've gone to a new place but things did not change because the same person, with all his faults, all his weaknesses, and all his sins, went to this place where everything is new. The change of surroundings made no significant differences because no significant changes had been made in you. That's what you'll find as you read the text from Genesis 9, the last chapter from the story of Noah and his family. But, as in Eden, you'll find hope because God, through Noah, promises again deliverance, rescue, and relief. Listen in as we hear God at work, in the midst of sin, to accomplish his redemptive purposes of bringing the seed of the woman so that the curse of sin may be conquered.
18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.
20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;
and let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
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