Genesis 9:1 "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." Again, God gives the same command He gave Adam and Eve, but now as a fresh start.
Genesis 9:2 It appears that the Lord put the fear of man in all creatures instead of His original decree that man would have dominion over the animals. No longer would the creature be submissive to man.
Genesis 9:3 Note that after the flood and before the Law was given to the children of Israel, everything was allowed as food to eat when before the flood it was just fruit and vegetables. It may be with the depletion of protein in fruits and vegetables from the change in the environment, the protein in meat was granted to man.
Genesis 9:4 The life is in the blood. The meat had to be well cooked where any blood had to be cooked up with the meat. Blood was sacred to live. Blood is used by God as a covering for sin. Christ’s blood was shed for our salvation.
Genesis 9:5 The man or animal that kills a man (murder), their life shall be taken. Murdering man is to be thought of as an attack on God himself. This is probably in direct result of man murdering and getting away with it prior to the flood. This Law would help deter another pre-flood situation of rampant murder.
Genesis 9:6 Man is in God’s image and is valued above all other creatures. Man is allowed to kill animal, but not the other way around.
Genesis 9:10 All flesh shall never again be ended by the waters of a flood; neither will the Lord ever send a flood to destroy the earth. When God makes a promise and a covenant, He is faithful to keep it, and He can be trusted.
Genesis 9:13 The rainbow, a phenomenon that may not have existed prior to the flood because of the difference in the environment, never before appeared in the sky. The rainbow will remind the Lord of that of the flood and would remember His covenant with Noah and every future living creature to never again destroy the earth with a flood.
Genesis 9:20 Noah became drunk and passed out apparently naked.
Genesis 9:21 Fermentation or the process that turns the fruit of the vine into alcohol that causes man to be drunk (and possibly all other kinds of plants that are made into drugs that alter man’s mind) was most likely a direct result in the change of the environment caused by the flood.
Genesis 9:22 Ham humiliated and dishonored his father by looking at his father’s nakedness with sinful thought and he apparently sought to make his brothers part of that humiliation. His brother’s didn’t go along with Ham’s shamefulness and instead did not look upon their father, but covered his nakedness.
Genesis 9:25 Finding out later what Ham did, Noah cursed Ham’s son, Canaan, and Canaan’s descendants, the Canaanites, that they would become servants. This curse anticipates the judgment that will later befall the Canaanites. Why is this written now? Moses wrote the book of Genesis and most likely read it to the people just before entering the promised land where they would take Canaan. Conquered peoples were called servants. Here, God gave Israel the theological basis for the conquest of Canaan. The descendants of Ham had received a sentence of judgment for the sins of their ancestor, Ham. This was proof that Israel had the right to take the land, which is part of modern Israel today.
Genesis 9:26 Shem received the blessing that would continue the line of the Messiah, the Jewish people.
Genesis 9:27 Japheth was blessed with a multitude of people (The gentiles – all non-Jews.) Japheth dwelling in the tents of Shem means that Japheth’s descendants would receive spiritual blessings from Shem. This blessing from Shem is the Messiah, Jesus, and because of the Jew’s unbelief in Jesus, God granted salvation also to the gentiles.
Notes: 15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed. 19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
Notes: 7 "When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord Your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons.