Calling of Noah

Gen. 6:9-13:
9 "These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.”


Scripture refers to the "generation" (meaning in this context: "a coming into being") of Noah. It first says that Noah was a just man (i.e. justified by God; found grace). Next it says that Noah was perfect in his generations. This made him perfect or complete as far as God's "records" are concerned. Then Noah was able to "walk with God". Salvation for all in all generations is the same sequence. The word "blameless" means literally in Hebrew (tamim or tamiym) "entire" or "complete" or "truth" or "undefiled". So we can assume that Noah was as near perfect as one could ask. God would not have considered him a good choice if Noah did not know or follow God. Scripture says that Noah walked with God. Clearly, Noah was a sinful man saved by God's grace. Noah was a preacher of righteousness; but, apparently no one was listening (2 Peter 2:5).

God explains (we don't know how: vision, dream, theophany) that the world is corrupt and filled with violence (described in more detail in the first eight verses of this chapter 6). Scripture says in several ways the earth is corrupt and people have gone their own way, not God's (1 Peter 3:20). God talks to Noah and explains because of the life on earth, He is going to destroy it. The word "corrupt" (Hebrew: shachath) is extremely strong. Sometimes it means "destroy". It all means for a society to be corrupt is to destroy that society.

Noah had three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Shem, the oldest son, is derived from the Hebrew "Shelme" meaning renown; famed. Some say that Shem was the start of the "dark" (not black) race. He was the ancestor of Abraham and the covenant and Israel. Ham, second oldest son, is derived from the Hebrew "Ham" (related to cham) meaning warm; hot. He is thought to be the start of the "black" race. He is said to be the ancestor of the Egyptians and Canaanites. Japheth, the youngest of the three sons, is derived from the Hebrew "Yepheth" meaning enlarged (Gen. 9:27). Some say he started the "fair" or "white" race. However, the word "fair" in this context is probably meaning "beautiful" rather than "light skinned". Perhaps he was the ancestor of the eastern or European people. The lineage of the sons will be studied in chapter 10. At this time, the important thing to know about the sons is that the only persons to be saved from the disaster were Noah, his three sons, and all their wives; a total of eight persons.

As usual, one must read every word as obtained from original texts. There are those who do not believe in a world-wide or universal flood. They believe in a local flood. The words "I will destroy them with the earth is very different than the "wanted" translation of the "local" believers to be from the earth. In other words, there are some that say God destroyed man from the earth; not man with the earth. the word in Hebrew is eth which means "with", not "from". Therefore, it WAS a universal or world-wide flood. It killed all people and animals, etc. on the ground (not fish). Although animals were not specifically sinful (they had no sense of morals, just instinct, they were destroyed because they were on the surface.

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