Genesis Chapter 9

Noah and his family were saved from the destruction of the flood, which God had caused to come upon the entire earth. After Noah had given thanks and sacrifice to the Lord for all He had done for them, the Lord blessed Noah.

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
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.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

Just as Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth, Noah and his seed were also given this commandment. They were also given dominion over all the animals of the earth, in the same way that Adam was first given. All living things were given to them, for sustaining their lives, but they were not to eat of the blood of any living thing. They were also told that no man should murder another, because of the value of God’s creation, which is man. If a man were to murder, than his blood was to be shed. This means that the death penalty for killing, was instituted for the posterity of Noah. These things all remain true principles of God to this day. We still have dominion over all living things. They are given to us for our good. But we must not drink the blood of any living thing, and most certainly we are commanded not to kill or murder another person. Our lives are a sacred gift from God and we should treat them as such. God continued with the following:

8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
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.
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.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

God made a covenant with Noah and all the people and animals that were with him. This covenant was that the earth and the people on it would never again be completely destroyed by floods. The rainbow is the token, left in the sky after rain, which should stand as a reminder of the covenant which God made with Noah and all mankind. In the footnote for verse 13, it references the Joseph Smith translation of the verse, which includes a reminder of the covenant made with Enoch. That covenant, which we read about in the book of Moses, was that the floods would be stayed and a remnant of the seed of Enoch would always remain on the earth. The footnote also mentions that with the token, those on the earth would look up and those in the city of Enoch, or Zion, would look to the earth and all would rejoice. I can’t say that I ever thought of that before. I would love to keep this in mind when I see a rainbow, that it should remind us of the city of Enoch and the promise made to Enoch. And that we should rejoice and look forward to the day when the city of Zion will again return to the earth. What a beautiful thought this should bring every time we see rainbow, which in itself is one of the most beautiful and inspiring things I know of. I am so grateful for the Pearl of Great Price and the Joseph Smith Translation, which help my understanding of this covenant and token to be greater and more meaningful in my life.

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.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
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.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Ham was a disloyal son, who instead of protecting the modesty and honor of his father, went to tell others of it. Because of this, he was cursed by his father. His brothers, Shem and Japheth, respected their father and helped him, so they were blessed for their service and love to Noah.

28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

I love that God gives signs for us to have a remembrance that he is there and that he loves us. I am so grateful to have this story of Noah, to teach me principles of the gospel. I want to live a life of righteousness, so that I can be reunited with those righteous people of the city of Enoch. I want to be deserving of the promised blessings that come to those who follow the commandments and are disciples of Christ. I hope and pray that others will be able to learn from my example and testimony, and that it will give them hope and a greater desire to be faithful and righteous in this life.


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