August 26, 2018

After the Ark Part 2

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Passage: Genesis 9:18-29
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Genesis 9:18-29

[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.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1.  How do the two scenes of Genesis 9 set up a contrast between God and humanity? How does this guide us in where to direct our hope?
2.  How does this text portray the potentially destructive power of alcohol? How have you seen alcohol play a destructive role in peoples’ lives?
3.  How would you characterize Ham’s sin? Why do you think God takes dishonoring parents so seriously?
4.  How does Shem offer hope in the midst of this story?
5.  What does it mean to say that all must face a death of dust, but not all will face a death of destruction?

References: Genesis 8:21; 6:8-9; Hebrews 11:7; Psalm 104:14-15; Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-32; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Exodus 21:15; Leviticus 20:9; Genesis 3:15; 22:18; John 11:25-26.

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