HBS Genesis 9:18-28; 10; 11
18: Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.
19: These were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
We know, except for these eight souls leaving the ark, the entire population of the planet perished in the flood. Therefore, the generations which come after that event came by way of these four families.
20: Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.
21: He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. (Note: in other words, he was nude. The Bible doesn’t say why; however, the Bible certainly makes this point clear).
22: Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. (Note: Here we have Noah, a righteous man according to God, passed out drunk inside his tent. Also note that Scripture tells us that Ham will be the father of Canaan. Now what comes to mind when you hear the word Canaan; that area in the Middle East occupied by Canaanites right? Keep these thoughts in mind. We’ll get back to them).
23: But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. (Note: Noah’s two sons, Shem and Japheth, showed respect for their father by choosing not to view his disorderly conduct or his nakedness. But, what about Ham?)
24: When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son (Ham) had done to him.
Noah awoke, from his drunken stupor, and he “knew” what his youngest son had done to him. The Hebrew word for “knew” is Yaw-dah’ (pronounced Yada). This word means to “clearly understand.” First, we should note that Noah “knew” it was Ham who committed the offense (whatever that was) and not one of his other sons. This reveals something to us about the moral fiber of Ham does it not? If Noah “knew” it was his youngest son who had committed the offense, then it is likely that Ham was “disposed” to this type of activity. Also keep this in mind. Noah and his immediate family were saved out of a godless world which practiced every kind of sinful activity. (Flash back. Return to Genesis chapter six).
5: Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was (What?) evil (How often?) continually. (Note: They explored and then entertained every wicked deed that could be thought up; and they did this continually).
25: So he (Noah) said, "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants (You can’t get much lower in society than that) He shall be to his brothers." (Note: Noah placed the curse on Ham’s son Canaan, and not on Ham. The Bible does not say why).
The Bible does not reveal what was done to Noah. But ask yourself a question. Do you think Noah would place a curse on Ham’s son if all he did was view him intoxicated and naked? This doesn’t seem likely. Something unthinkable was done to Noah on that day.
I don’t think I’m overreaching on this verse because of the sheer magnitude of the response. A drunken person, in a stupor, passed out if you will, would never know that someone had entered his tent, saw his nakedness, and then left. That’s not what this verse implies. Let’s examine Scripture.
Go to Genesis chapter 13 at verse 12.
Canaan was the fourth son of Ham. The offspring of Canaan, as we shall see, settled in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
12: Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. (Note: Evidently, Lot was attracted to the hustle and bustle of city life and the enticements therein).
13: Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD. (Note: Few have not heard of Sodom and Gomorrah. The LORD God destroyed these cities with fire and brimstone because of their wickedness. One of the immoral activities the inhabitants of these cities practiced was homosexuality. Once again, Satan has taken something God gifted to mankind, that is beautiful and meant only for good, and twisted it into an activity God declares to be an abomination. See also Genesis 19).
22: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
Once again, I remind you all that Scripture does not reveal the reason why Noah placed a curse on Ham’s son Canaan. I personally think homosexuality is one possible answer because there is evidence in Scripture as I showed you. I don’t want to get unnecessarily bogged down by this. I offered the above information only as one possible explanation and nothing more. There certainly could have been another reason for the curse on Canaan; but the historical evidence clearly shows homosexuality was practiced often and openly. Let’s move on.
There are certainly more possibilities and probabilities concerning this subject then we could ever begin to explore here and now. Right off the bat let me state that I am not an expert on this subject; but I can read and follow a line of thought. This is what we will do today.
Noah’s sons give birth to these three races:
Shem = Semitic
Ham = African
Japheth = European
We’ll start with the youngest son, Ham.
6: The sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan.
Cush (Pronounced Koosh - Sudan, Ethiopia)
Mizraim (Pronounced Mitsrayim - Egypt)
Put (Pronounced Poot -Libya)
Canaan (Pronounced ken-ah'-an - Hivites, Jebusites, Arvadites, Girgashites, Amorites, Arkites, Sinites, Hittites, Sidonians, Perizzites, and Zemarites).
Of the four nations mentioned above only Ethiopia, Egypt, and Libya remain today. Canaan does not.
Ham is the progenitor of the Egyptians, Cushites, Ethiopians, Libyans, Canaanites, Assyrians and Babylonians (Genesis 10:6-20).
The name Ham means “hot” or dark skinned. It is interesting to note that the Biblical record defines Egypt as the Land of Ham. Also in Scripture Egypt is a picture of the fallen world. This is why the LORD God often told Abraham and his descendents not to “go down” into Egypt.
23: Israel also came into Egypt; Thus Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
We’ve looked briefly at the descendants of Canaan. But there is another son of Ham who will have a negative affect on all the generations to come and his name is Cush. Skip down to verse eight.
8: Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty (Hebrew meaning = strong) one on the earth.
9: He was a mighty hunter before (The Bible translators inserted the word “before” into the text here unfortunately disrupting its meaning. Other Bible translations use the correct word “against”. Nimrod means REBEL.) the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
10: The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech (Eh'-rek), and Accad (ak-kad') and Calneh (Kal-neh'), in the land of Shinar. (Note: this is the very first mention of any type of kingdom in Scripture; and of a person setting himself up as the supreme ruler.)
We will discuss Nimrod and his negative influences in our next lesson.
The oldest son of Noah was Japheth.
2: The sons of Japheth (Yepheth) were Gomer and Magog (Magowg) and Madai (Ma–dai), and Javan (Yavan) and Tubal (Tuwbal) and Meschech (Meshek) and Tiras (Tiyrac).
Japheth: the name means: Fair Skin – Caucasian. He is the progenitor of the Caucasian race. Japheth is traditionally seen as the ancestor of Europeans, as well as some eastern nations; thus Japheth has been used as a synonym for Caucasians. The word “Caucasian” itself derives from the assumption that the tribe of Japheth developed its distinct racial characteristics in the Caucasus, where Mt. Ararat is located. Skip to verse five.
5: From these (Japheth’s sons) the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
The descendants of Japheth migrated to the north and north-west of Shinar (ancient Babylon the country of two rivers).
Shinar is a broad designation applied to Mesopotamia, or that area surrounding Babylon mainly towards Europe. They also migrated to the south-east towards the Indian sub-continent, and thence to the Far East.
The names Magog, Meschech, Tubal, and others appear in Scripture and are associated with “end time” events. These nations will join forces and then attack the nation of Israel but God destroys their armies. (Read Ezekiel 38; 39).
· Gog - individual who leads the invasion
· Magog - southern portion of the former Soviet Union
· Rosh – Russia
· Meshech and Tubal – Turkey
· Cush – Sudan
· Put – Libya (possibly Algeria and Tunisia as well)
· Beth-togarmah – Turkey, Armenia and other Turkic-speaking peoples who spread into other countries across central Asia
Initially, seven nations came from Japheth and these are listed below.
Seven Sons of Japheth:
Javan = Greece, Romans, French, Italians, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Magog = Scythians, Slavs, Russians, Bulgarians, Bohemians, Poles, Slovaks, and Croatians.
Madai = Indians & Iranic: Medes, Persians, Afghans, and Kurds.
Tubal = South of Black Sea.
Tiras = Thracians, Teutons, Germans, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Jutes.
Meshech = Russia.
Gomer = Celtic.
27: “May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem.”
Noah blesses Japheth and his descendents. What is meant by the word “enlarge” is widely debated. Some say this refers to their intellect; their search for knowledge and truth. Others say this simply means the descendents of Japheth would one day populate a large portion of the planet and indeed this did happen. The Hebrew translation is: to be spacious, be open, be wide.
Shem was the second oldest child of Noah.
22: The sons of Shem were Elam (Ay-lawm’) and Asshur (Ash-shoor’) and Arpachshad (Ar-pak-shad’) and Lud (Lood) and Aram (Arawm’)…
Shem is the founder of the Semitic people or the Middle Eastern cultures: Arabs, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Hebrews, Phoenicians, and others. Religious Jews and Arabs consider themselves to be descendents of Shem. The three largest religious groups are derived from Shem and these are Jewish, Christianity, and Muslim. One of the more prominent descendents of Shem we find in the O.T. is Abram. We’ll study this man of faith soon.
The descendants of Shem and Ham however, shared between them the southern and central regions of Asia Minor and Arabia, with Ham's descendants subsequently spreading onto the African continent.
Eber is the great-grandson of Shem. Jewish tradition holds that the family of Eber refused to take part in the building of the Tower of Babel. It is from the name Eber we later get the word Hebrew. Through Shem’s seed would come God’s promised Redeemer.
28: Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood.
29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.
All of mankind is a descendent of Adam. For Noah was the tenth generation in line from Adam. (See I Chronicles chapter one: The Genealogy from Adam.)