By

Thomas B Moore

Cross Walker

Text Box: God (Elohim) is not an impersonal God; he has always sought a relationship with man and his creation. After the flood when Noah was blessing Shem he said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem”, Genesis 9:6. This is the first time Elohim is used in reference with a person as the “God of (person’s Name)”. Shem had to have more than a personal relationship with the Lord God. Shem had to have a personal intimate covenant relationship with the One True God (Yahweh) and Noah had to have seen the evidence of this personal intimate covenant relationship to say, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem”. Before this time God had not been associated with a person as that person’s God. Enoch walked with God and was taken from the earth to be with God. But there is no reference to the ‘God of Enoch’. 
Noah was the third generation form Enoch. Noah would have known Enoch as his great grandfather. The Book of Enoch has a section written to Noah. For Enoch to call Noah his son Enoch would have had to seen (possible in a vision) something in Noah and Noah’s relationship with the One True God, Yahweh. 
Now Noah also had a unique relationship with God but there is no reference to the ‘God of Noah’. Only after the flood is God associated with a person as the “God of that person’s name”. ‘God of’ is a reference to not just a personal relationship with God (Elohim) but also a personal intimate covenant relationship with God (Elohim).
Before the flood there is no reference of God being attached to a person as “the God of”. In Genesis Enoch was taken by God to be with Him because he pleased God (Elohim). But there is no reference to “the God of Enoch”. Noah was a mighty man of God. He built the ark to save God’s creation. But there is no reference to “the God of Noah”. 
The first time God is associated with a person is with Noah’s son Shem, Genesis 9:26. There must have evidence of Shem’s relationship with God that Noah saw. While blessing Shem Noah said, “the God of Shem’. Noah didn’t say this about his other two sons; he only said it about Shem.
Shem’s relationship with God was not just an inward manifestation but was visible on the out side by his life style. Shem was only four generations from Enoch. He could have known Enoch’s son, Methuselah. Although Enoch was gone before Shem was born Noah Shem’s father would have known Enoch’s father, Jered. Ham and Japheth both had the same opportunities as Shem. 
Only Shem took to heart the things of God for a relationship with God. The evidence of this relationship with God was evident to Shem’s Father Noah. Noah honored Shem by saying “the God of Shem”. This also brought honor and glory to God himself. 
Many believers can learn from this testimony of Shem and Noah. Fathers need to take time to teach their relationship with Yahweh to their children as well as live their before them as true men of God. Living the relationship before your children is the greatest testimony to them. This reinforces the teaching about walking with Yahweh.
Noah was an example to his three sons. Shem was the only one who took all the good of his father’s relationship with Yahweh and built up on it. The same Text Box: Scriptures are not Linked to the Bible.
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