Genesis 8-10: Introduction
















     Chapter 8 continues the story of Noah and his family in the ark. Can you imagine how they felt? They had never seen that much water before! It had rained for 40 days and at the end of 150 days, the water had evaporated enough for the ark to finally rest on Mount Ararat. God, in Chapter 8:4 with the waters going down, God gives the month the ark rested on the mountains of Arat. The ark rested on the mountain on the 17 day of the 10th month.

     Noah first sent out a raven after forty days and it flew back and forth until the waters went down upon the earth. Then he sent out a dove and it flew around but it could find no place to rest. After seven days, Noah again sent out the dove after 7 more days again and it came back with an olive leaf in its beak. Noah waited another 7 days and released the dove and it didn’t come back.

     In In Chapter 8:15 God tells Noah to come out of the ark and God tells Noah that He will never again curse the ground because of what man has done. God also says that He will never destroy all living creatures on the earth.

     Chapter 9 begins with God telling Noah that the same thing He told man in the 10 commandments. He tells Noah that man is made in His image and man shall not eat meat that still has its life’s blood in it. He also tells Noah to be fruitful and multiply. In Chapter 9:9 God makes a covenant with Noah. This is quite an important event because it is the first time in the Bible that God has made a covenant with anyone. His covenant begins in Chapter r 9:8. God tells Noah that He will never again kill all living things by a flood, or as it says, “By the waters of a flood.” God also tells Noah in verse 12 that His sign of the covenant between Him and all living things is the rainbow in the sky.

     Beginning in Chapter 9:18 God begins talking about Noah’s three sons, Shem Ham and Japheth. Just think, from these three sons of Noah, the earth was populated! In Chapter 9:18 God tells us that Ham was the father of Canaan. Noah’s son Ham was the father of Canaan. This is a very important name which will be used through much of the Old Testament. Noah planted a vineyard and became drunk from the wine the vineyard produced. Noah was in his tent and Ham saw his father naked in his tent and went and got his brothers who placed garments over their father and did not see him naked. When Noah woke up and found out what had happened, beginning in Chapter 9:24, Noah placed a curse on Canaan and said, “Cursed be Canaan, the lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” He blessed Shem and Japheth. He told them that Canaan will be his slaves.

     Chapter 10 is composed of 32 verses which gives the “family tree” of the 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. The end of Chapter 10 we are told there were three nations which spread out over all of the earth from these 3 sons after the flood.



     After it had rained ______ days and at the end of ______ days, Noah sent out a _______ and it kept flying back and forth until the waters dried up from the earth, Genesis 8:6-7. Notice in verse 4 it is the 7th month and in verse 5 it is the 10th month. Then Noah sent out a ________ from the ark but the dove came back to the ark. Then after _____ days Noah sent out the dove again but this time the dove came back with an ________ ________, verse 11. Then Noah waited 7 more days and again sent out the dove but this time, it did not come back! Let’s read verses 13-15. Look at the amazing detail God gives us in these verses, what an awesome God! Then Noah, his family and all of the ___________ came out of the ark. Let’s read verses 20-22 where God says He will never curse the ground again because of the ____ of man.

     Also in Chapter 9 God makes a ___________ with Noah. This is the first covenant in the Bible! Look at verses 8-17. God’s covenant is that life will never again be ______ ______ by the waters of the earth. And so that man will remember this covenant, God put the _____________ in the sky as a sign of His covenant!

     In the middle of chapter 9, God begins talking about Noah’s three ________. Let’s read verses 18-24. God begins by telling us of the sin of Noah’s son ______ and about the _________ Noah placed on his son _____________.

     Chapter 10 had ________ verses and tells us the ____________ of Noah from which the earth is populated. Ham’s descendants also settled in what became Egypt. Shem became the father of ________ nations.

     Next week, we will learn about the Tower of Babel and what God thought about it! The Tower was man’s will to go up to the Heavens.


MEMORY VERSE: “So God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” GENESIS 9:17



“After forty days ________ opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven.” __________________

“Then Noah built an __________ to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”    __________________

“As for you, be fruitful and _____________ in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”    __________________

“Noah was a man of the __________, proceeded to plant a vineyard.”   ______________

“Cush became the father of _________who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth.”    ______________

“These are the _________ of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent.”     ________________

GENESIS 9:20               GENESIS 8:20                           GENESIS 9:7

            GENESIS8:6                  GENESIS 10:8                                 GENESIS 10:32