This chapter is about God’s covenant (or promise. Well more like a contract.) with Noah. And with his offspring. If you think about it, it’s with us too. If you’re into genealogy like I am, then you can probably figure out that we (humankind) are descendants of Adam & Eve (since they’re the first human beings, according to the Christian & Jewish texts) & descendants of Noah (since everybody else was killed during the flood.). Also the sons of Noah get mentioned & you’ll see something very interesting about them. It’s a good one! I hope you enjoy the read!
God then tells Noah that “everything that lives & moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” So that means that God told Noah that it was okay to any & everything. That nothing was unclean for him to eat. Which slays me because it was never specified what was unclean, what wasn’t, etc. God does give Noah 1 stipulation: “But you mustn’t eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” So here’s where, I believe, that here’s where the beginning of koshering meat began. Koshering meat means properly bleeding the animal, so that the animal is dead dead.
God then tells Noah & his sons that he’s gonna establish his covenant with their descendants & “every living creature.” God says, “Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood. Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God then says that he’s gonna show us, give us a sign that he’s gonna keep his word. Cause we (humans) obviously need signs & it’s been established that God needs reminding (“But God remembered Noah…,” 8:1, NIV). “I’ve set my rainbow in the clouds, & it’ll be the sign of the covenant (contract) between me & the earth. (Sorry, I hate to be the grammar police. But it should say, “…between the earth & me.”) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth & the rainbow appears in the clouds, I’ll remember my covenant between me & you & all living creatures of every kind.” This is the 1st (& only, I believe) mention of a rainbow. God tells Noah that when there’s a rainbow in the sky, he’ll see it & remember the “everlasting” covenant/contract.
Noah’s sons (Shem, Ham, & Japheth) came out of the ark. Ham was/is the father of Canaan. From them, came the people who were scattered over the earth. Noah became a farmer & grew a vineyard. So one day/night Noah got drunk & got naked in his tent. Ham (the bible wants you to remember that he’s the father of Canaan.) saw Noah in the buff. And Ham went & told his brothers. Shem & Japheth took a “garment,” stood side-by-side, put the “garment” over their shoulders. Then they walked backwards into the tent & covered Noah up, so they didn’t have to see Noah naked. When Noah woke up & found out what Ham (it’s says “his youngest son”) had done, Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, & may Canaan be his slave.” Who knows why it really played out like it did? I’ve wondered myself. Because I kinda feel like Ham got the raw end of the deal. And thusly, Canaan. I think that Ham was just telling his older brothers, “Look, dad got drunk. He’s in his tent & he’s naked as hell.”
After the flood, Noah lived 350 more years. Altogether he lived 950 years old. Apparently Noah was exempt for the 120 years old thing.