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The Curse of Canaan
Canaan's Father Ham -- Will Suffer Too
"When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, 'Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.'" -- (Genesis 9:20-24)
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 9:18-28)
Noah's Three Sons
In the last article we'd learned how God had laid out, what I like to call the "Magna Charta" for Noah and the new natural world, that had emerge after the Great Flood of Judgement had finally ran its course, upon mankind and the known world at the time.
Be that as it may, we now begin to mover forward from within our journey...
For we have now reached the point, where we're being somewhat introduced to Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth:
"The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)
"These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth." - Genesis 9:18,19
Bible Study OnlineThe Main Roots of Humanity?
Now it's at this point, where we find, that the Sacred Record reveals to us from the passage above, that these three sons of Noah would eventually become the forefathers humanity. What this basically meant, is that Shem, Ham, and Japheth would now form the three main roots of humanity, that would eventually become the foundation of future civilizations that were to come.
Also know, that at this time, the Sacred Record specifically points out that Ham was the father of Canaan: "Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan." -- Genesis 9:18
Now personally I find this information to be very important. Being that it was this little detail that had been revealed to us, that would further reveal to us, that Canaan was Noah's grandson and not his son, as most would seem to think. But however, we'll touch more on this subject in a little bit.
But for right now, I'll like to also point out that this information is purposely mention in the Sacred Record at this time, in order for it to be able to serve as a setup, by eventually leading us into the recorded account, that deals directly with the blessings and the curse, that Noah would end up speaking to his three sons, along with Canaan.
Bible Study OnlineDid Noah Already Know - How to Build Boats?
Now before the Great Flood of Judgment had ravaged the earth, there are a few things that we end up learning some very personal things, when it came to Noah. First, we learned that he was very skilled when it came to the building of ships. Now some would debate this statement, for they believe that Noah had no idea or clue, when it came to building ships. But personally I disagree with this viewpoint - for I truly believe that Noah already knew how to build boats.
And this is evident by the fact, that when God had gave Noah the instructions on how to build the Ark - the Lord gave those instructions to Noah in a very specific way, and the Lord used a terminology that only someone who knew how to build these types of things could understand. Besides, when one makes their way through the Sacred Record, they will find that God always uses people according to their abilities, gifts and talents.
But unfortunately, the Sacred Record doesn't seem to make an issue, of if, Noah already knew how to build boats or not? So why should we, when it comes to if Noah did, or didn't. And actually, the debate would seem to be senseless to me and a waste of time. Know that I'd only mentioned it, so you can be aware of the different views when it comes to this recorded account.
Bible Study OnlineNoah the Husbandman?
Be that as it may, as we move forward, the Sacred Record reveals that Noah was a husbandman, which is basically a man of the soil, or farmer. Now if one were to be honest, the more we learn about Noah - it becomes clear that he was definitely predestined for the task that God had laid out before him. Remember that Noah was a good and righteous man, who stood out from his generation, so-much-so, God used him to save mankind at that time, from the wicked and corrupt practices, that had taken complete hold of it.
Bible Study OnlineNoah's Vineyard?
Now as we move forward, we'll find that the Sacred Record also revealed to us, that Noah's skills in husbandry would be a huge advantage for him, since these skills would have helped him to cultivate the ground after the waters had receded from the Great Flood. But unfortunately at this time, we also find that valuable skill, would also end up putting Noah in a very embarrassing position.
For it's at this time that the Sacred Record informs us, that Noah had planted a vineyard, and from that vineyard he'd had made some wine. And because of this, Noah would consume a little too much, for he had become drunk from the wine that he had made, and so therefore, he ended up passing out naked in his tent.
Bible Study OnlineAnd the Sacred Record States...?
"Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham the father of Canaan saw his father nakedness and told his two brothers outside.
"But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so they could not see their father's nakedness.
"When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, 'Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.'" -- Genesis 9:20-24
Bible Study OnlineWhy Was Canaan Cursed and not His Father Ham?
Now it gets a bit tricky and mysterious at this point, so stay with me...? For we're now being introduced to the generational curse that was levied against Noah's grandson Canaan - and not his sons. Also know that it was Noah's son Ham that was the father of Canaan.
Now notice from the passage above, how the Sacred Record points out that Ham is the one that had saw his father's nakedness, and not Canaan (as most would teach and preach). And I must admit, that at this point, one might wonder and put forth the question: "Why is the curse directed at Canaan, Noah's grandson - instead of his son Ham?" :
"Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham the father of Canaan saw his father nakedness and told his two brothers outside." -- Genesis 9:20-22
Bible Study OnlineCanaan Found Noah?
Now if you'll read the passage carefully again, you'll notice that it states that: "Ham the father of Canaan saw his father nakedness and told his two brothers outside."
Notice that the passage uses the word (saw) and not the word (found), for we're lead to believe that it was Canaan that had found his grandfather Noah laying naked in his tent, and instead of him covering up his grandfather, he decided to go and tell his father Ham.
Now instead of Ham covering up his father and disciplining Canaan for his mischief, he too participated in the embarrassment of his father Noah, by going to get his two brothers so they too, could see their father in a confound situation. But know that when the brothers get there, they quickly covered up their father's nakedness, and immediately put an end to Noah's embarrassment.
Bible Study OnlineCanaan's Curse -- Also Affected His Father?
But know this, to say that this generational curse was only directed at Canaan - wouldn't be totally true? For we must consider the fact, that with Canaan being Ham's son, this curse would indeed affect Ham as well, being that Canaan was his seed. This is why Canaan was only mentioned when it came to their household, and not Ham specifically, when Noah had levied the curse against their household - being that Ham and his son Canaan would be treated as one in the same.
Now one might also wonder when it comes to this generational curse, that it would seem to be a little harsh, for what seemed to be, a one time incident of mischief. So harsh in fact, that the reasoning behind the incident has the majority of church leaders and Bible teachers, teaching that it had something to do with some type of immoral sexual act, that Canaan had done against his grandfather Noah.
And to be clear, I for one don't believe this was the case. For if it was, I truly believe that the Sacred Record would have pointed this out, just like it does throughout the rest of the God's Word, when it comes to the immoral sexual conduct of others. Now I know some (or most) would not agree with me, but since the Scriptures don't specify if this was the case or not. Then there's no need to be divided amongst ourselves because of it - Amen.
Bible Study OnlineWas This Curse -- Too Harsh?
Now like I stated earlier, some could toss around the notion that this curse was perhaps, too harsh? Now personally, I don't think that I would ever be in a position to question God, or His actions. For one must remember, that God had just destroyed the world, because of the constant evil and corrupt intentions and practices that mankind had adopted, and eventually became slaves of. And to have this type of behavior at such an early stage of the new natural world, wouldn't have served it well, or humanity.
After all that Noah's family had just went through, being that they had just been spared from a divine judgment of death. They should have known that this type of behavior would not be tolerated in this new natural world. In fact, this type of behavior will be judged and punished, for God had just gave his "Magna Charta" stating that the human race, will be held accountable for their actions -- good or bad.
This is why Japheth and Shem received generational blessings for immediately respecting and covering up their father: "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 and may Canaan be his slave." -- Genesis 9:26-27
Bible Study OnlineNoah - A Blessings of Two Worlds?
Now it's at this point, that we're told that Noah had lived 350 years after the "Great Flood of Judgment" and because of this, he would have been 950 when he finally died. Know that God had blessed Noah to see and to be a blessing to two worlds. The world before the Great Flood of Judgment - and the new natural world that had came after it.
Also know that God also blessed Noah with longevity, being that he lived twenty years longer than Adam, and just nineteen years less than Methuselah, who was the longest living human that's been recorded from within the Sacred Scriptures.
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Okay, so now as we begin to move forward, we'll learn that Noah's sons would begin to build their very own families. In the next article, we'll take a closer look at their family tree (so to speak.)
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