Genesis 8:4 KJV “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”
For the last two weeks or so I have been building a boat. No kidding. GOD put this idea in my head that I should make a dory and put a sail on it with a Christmas message so away I went to work. Now I had no clue how to make a dory but I am learning as I go and it’s not so bad. I guess Noah kinda felt the same way when GOD told him to build the Ark.
Now it says the Ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. This word is most interesting because it comes from the Hebrew word Arar which means “to curse.” Indeed, GOD did curse the entire earth and destroyed it. Now when HE brought the Ark to rest it was on Ararat. The difference in these two words is the addition of the letter Tet. Ararat can mean the curse reversed or continued. Now why would it mean that? It has to do with the letter Tet itself.
The letter Tet has two natures, one that will become a slave and be carnal like a serpent. The other nature will wear a crown and be subject to GOD the KING. That is Tet. So the curse can be reversed or continue. It depends on the nature we choose to follow.
Now as it happens it says Noah became a husbandman and planted a vineyard. All over the Bible you see GOD as the husbandman giving people charge over HIS vineyard, HIS people. Now so we know this is not a typical vineyard here that Noah is growing. This is a nation that Noah began to grow. He established it. The problem is he began to drink of the wine of it. Not only did he drink the wine, he became drunk on it. He drank the wine of carnality. He lost his connection with GOD. It said he became uncovered in his tent. He lost his covering. Every man’s heart is evil, and if we don’t keep close to GOD, we can lose our covering as well.
It says Ham saw it and told his brothers about it. He did nothing only humiliate his father further out of subdued anger. This is what Ham the Father of Canaan means, heat/anger that has been subdued, put into submission. The other two sons, instead it says they covered their father. They covered his shame. Shem and Japeth here represent “name” and “opening.” It says they took it on their shoulders and walked backward. They did not regard the wrong their father had done but instead covered it. Love covers a multitude of sins. He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper displays folly.
When Noah “awakes” from his wine he realizes his current state. He now knows what has happened and what his son’s anger has done and how that anger has further shamed him. He curses the anger and blesses Shem (name) and Japeth (enlarging/opening) and tells Ham he will be a servant to them both.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. GOD says choose life. The tongue is a double-edged sword, a little member but it can bring life or death by the words that come from the heart. The Hebrew letter tet offers a choice. A blessing or a curse. Rest or strife. The serpent/carnal nature that brings death or GOD’S nature that brings life. Ararat should have been rest but men’s hearts are wicked. It would be only until CHRIST that Salvation would reverse the curse forever.
Choose JESUS, life eternal. HE is GOD’S perfect blessing to all the world. GOD told Noah, I will put my weapon, my bow, in the cloud (flesh) and I will no longer curse the earth. Every time I see the bow (JESUS) in the cloud (the flesh of every man) I will remember my covenant. Men may continue to fail but GOD cannot lie. HE will see JESUS in those that believe, and the curse will be no more.
All Glory and Honour is Yours Almighty Father through Your SON, JESUS CHRIST!