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Lesson # Genesis 9:18-23
Study Material - Genesis 9:18-23
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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 three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was populated. 20 Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. 21 And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 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.
Only eight people went into the ark and only eight people came out of it. No children were born on the ark. Noah's sons are named, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Later we will be told that the whole earth will be repopulated by these three men. Noah had no other sons. Whether he had any daughters or not, the Bible is silent on that subject. We can only assume that Noah had no more children, and if he did, then they were daughters only. His wife is not mentioned much in the bible, yet we know that he had a wife. So just because daughters are not mentioned doesn't mean that he didn't have any. Either way, we don't know. What we do know is that Adam was the single male beginning of the entire human race. There were not several Adam's formed out of the mush of evolution forming into monkeys and then men. So now we have the knowledge that all mankind came from Noah's sons. Since everyone on earth died in the flood except these three men and their wives, then evolution is shot down once again.
Ham is designated as the father of Canaan. Canaan was Ham's fourth son and here is implied to be several years old. So some time has passed since the departure from the ark. Noah has planted a vineyard and now has his first harvest, from which he made some wine. Noah was a brilliant and spiritually mature man. Likewise all of his family and their respective wives knew doctrine as well. But even mature believers have their down times.
So here we see Noah's slip into sin. He gets drunk. He goes into his tent. The tent is made of animal hides. The animals would have been used for food and / or sacrifices. The butchering of animals means that the animal population was growing sufficient enough to provide food and material for clothing and shelter. God is able to take the few and make it into many.
Noah remains in his tent, naked and out of site from others. Adam, when he sinned, sought to hide himself, and then cover his shame with fig leaves. Noah was so plastered that he did not seek any covering for his shame, but he did have the decency to go to his tent and there he fell asleep. When we are in our right mind, we do not do things that are so obvious exposing our nudity of soul to others. But when drunk, then the soul doesn't care about ones appearance, or what others might see or think. All morals are dropped. A drunk soul is a soul absent Bible doctrine. True morals, true sober status, can only come from Bible doctrine in the soul and the resultant spiritual growth. People who reject Bible doctrine, are no better off than Noah in his present state of drunken sleep. A drunk can not discern between right and wrong, and cannot distinguish between truth and lie. Likewise a negative believer, and the unbeliever fail in these areas as well. Noah will recover. His experience with wine is not mentioned again, and probably he does not fail in this areas again. Noah's failure is one of self failure, and can lead to failure of others.
Thus Ham enters the picture. Ham entered the tent and observed his naked father. Ham was fascinated with the nakedness of Noah, and so told his brothers. Shem and Japheth went and covered their father without looking at him. They had no interest in his nakedness as Ham did. So the action of Noah gave way to actions of Ham. Noah had punishment for his sin, probably in the form of a record breaking hangover afterwards and that was the end of his failure. Noah's attitude was back on doctrine, despite his little flirt with sin.
Ham, on the other hand, had an attitude directed at sin, and more specifically, homosexuality. This is revealed in the naming of his son, Canaan. The Canaanites, you'll remember will develop into very evil people with evil sexual tendencies, idol worship, human sacrifices, and the like. Some will be destroyed in Sodom and Gomorrah, many others will be destroyed in the promised land when the Israelites, many centuries later, will take the land away from them.
The lines of Shem and Japheth will have their failures too, but here is disclosed the sin of Ham. So soon after the flood, and the miraculous deliverance at Gods hand, the sinful tendencies return. How soon we forget. God does great things for us and we simply forget and get off track. Ham had a family and probably got distracted with lifes daily details. He had children who did not learn Bible doctrine very well. Noah will live several centuries more, as will Shem. Their stories and teachings of God would be available to many generations to follow. Shem was still alive when Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were born. See the generations chart in the graphics section on the index page.
So again no excuse was available to those who chose to reject God. None of us have any excuse. We might get lazy at times in our Bible study. We might try to rush our spiritual growth and learn it all in a week or two. But Bible study is not designed to learn it all quickly and then ignore it. It is designed to be continued day after day for all of ones life. We learn a little each day and our learning enriches our soul a little more each day. Soon the blessings begin to increase exponentially, and one day you will wake up, a little light will come on inside your head, and it will all make sense to you.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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