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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
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In the last article we'd learned how God laid out, what I like to call the Magna Charta for the new world. This came about, after Noah and his family had finally emerged, from the Ark's protective surroundings; stepping out into the new natural world that had came about, after the Great Flood of Judgement had finally ran its course upon mankind. Be that as it may, we now begin to move forward from within our journey.
For we have now reached the point, where we begin to be 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
Now it's at this point, where we find the Sacred Record revealing to us, from the passage above, how Noah's three sons, 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. These three roots, would eventually become the foundation, in regard to future civilizations.
Now it's also 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 unveiled, that would further reveal to us, how Canaan was Noah's grandson and not his son. This is important, because many seem to think that Canaan was Noah's son. Nevertheless, 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. A setup that would help, eventually lead us into the recorded account that deals directly with the blessings and the curse, Noah would end up speaking to his three sons, along with Canaan.
Now before the Great Flood of Judgment had ravaged the earth, there are a few things that we end up learning, 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, when the Lord him. 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, in accordance to their abilities, gifts and talents.
But unfortunately, for the sake of clarity, the Sacred Record doesn't seem to make an issue, in regard to Noah already knowing how to build boats. 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 Noah's recorded account.
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Noah the Husbandman
Be that as it may, as we move forward, the Sacred Record reveals that Noah was an husbandman, which is basically means, he was a man of the soil, or what we would call in today's time, a 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 the Scriptures tells us 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.
Now as we move forward, we'll also find that the Sacred Record informs us that Noah's skills in husbandry, would be a huge advantage for him, since these skills would have helped him, when it came to cultivating 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, the Sacred Record reveals 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, from within his tent:
"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
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Why 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. But I also want to point out that this curse was not levied at his sons. And again, keep in mind, 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 as they 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
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Canaan Found Noah Naked?
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 embarrassing situation. But when Ham's other two brothers get there, they quickly covered up their father's nakedness, and immediately put an end to their father's embarrassment.
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Canaan'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 clearly specify, if this was the case or not. Then there's no need to be divided amongst ourselves because of it - Amen.
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Was 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, God had just destroyed the world, because of the constant evil, and corrupt intentions and practices that mankind had adopted, in which, they would eventually became slaves of. And to have this type of behavior being displayed, 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, regardless if those actions are considered to be 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
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Noah Becomes a Blessings of Two Worlds
Now it's at this point, we're told that Noah had lived 350 years after the Great Flood of Judgment, and because of this, he would have been 950 years old, when he finally died. God had blessed Noah to see, how he ended up being 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. Remember that Methuselah is the longest living human that's been recorded from within the Sacred Scriptures.
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Okay, as we begin to move forward, we'll learn in the next article, when it comes to Noah's sons, beginning to build their very own families. So we'll take a closer look, at their family tree (so to speak.)
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