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Genesis 9:18-28, Noah and His Sons

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled. 
— Genesis 9:19

NL Daily Devotion for Monday, September 10, 2018

Father and sons.

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

Dunno about you, but Noah just seems like a jerk in this story. I mean, HE was the one who went off and got drunk and lay naked in his tent. Then he just goes and curses his own son because he happened to stumble in on his dad when he was buck naked!

It's interesting in that the ancient Jews needed a story rationalizing how they viewed the world: Us = Good; Canaan = Bad.

What's more enlightening though is how these broken people were the ones to people the whole world.

Says something about us.

(I sure wish I will live to be 350 though. AARP will see me as their poster child.)

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Genesis 9:18-28

The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled. Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 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 away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed by the Lord my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave. May God make space for Japheth, and let him live in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.”

After the flood Noah lived three hundred fifty years.



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