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Lesson # Genesis 9:24-29
Study Material - Genesis 9:24-29
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24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said, 'Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.' 26 He also said, 'Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. 27 'May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.' 28 And 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.
Noah awoke and discovered the sin of Ham. And so Noah cursed Ham and blessed Shem and Japheth. Ham is cursed in the mentioning of his son Canaan who shall become a 'servant of servants' Or the lowest of the low. The master is the top, the servant is the bottom, and the servant of the servant is beneath the bottom. Canaan will degenerate into a disgusting people, and several centuries later will be conquered and evicted from the promised land by the Israelites.
Noah blesses the God of Shem, and blesses Japheth. Here we have a division between Shem, the line of the Israelites as well as other gentile nations, and the line of Japheth the line on many gentile nations. The descendants of Shem will inhabit the center of the earth, the middle east in general, and the lines of Japheth will inhabit the areas of Europe and Asia. Ham's descendants will move into the Middle east, Africa and the lower Asia areas.
This blessing is split between Shem and Japheth. Ham is cut out of the blessing completely. This does not mean that all descendants of Ham are cursed, but distinguishes the rights of the priesthood, the rulership, and the cursing. These sons become representative examples of the remainder of human history.
The priesthood is represented in Shem. God is blessed, not Shem, but the line of Christ will come from Shem. The representative priesthood will come through Shem in the Israelites line of Levi. Christ will ultimately become the High Priest and the King ruler combining the two offices.
Japheth is blessed here, not God. In that the gentiles will enlarge on the face of the earth, but will become welcome in the tents of Shem, thus bringing the Jews and gentiles together again into the tent of God through Christ. This is all prophetical of events that will take place in future history.
Though Ham was the black man, Shem the fair, and Japheth the ruddy man. This set of verses have been misused in history to justify the slavery of the black man. We have already seen that man is made in Gods image, that no man is to become subordinate to another. But rather we are all to become subordinate to God. God is the tent and He invites us into His tent by means of its one and only entrance, Jesus Christ.
The curse of Ham is the curse of sin and its ultimate subordination to the righteous. God is the master, and we are the servant, and we are nothing but the dust of the earth. Sin is even lower and has no value whatsoever. The opportunity for salvation and spiritual growth, and ultimately the escape from the slave market of sin, is available to everyone. Ancestry is not an issue. Each person stands of falls on their own attitude toward Christ and Bible doctrine. Color is not an issue, nor is race, bank account size, culture, nor anything else on this earth.
So all peoples are included in Shem and Japheth, both Jew and gentile. Both one at first in Noah, then split apart in the sons, then brought back together again in Christ. The work of Ham, the works of man, sin and human good are rejected completely from Gods plan.
Noah lived 950 years. He lived in the two worlds both before and after the flood. Neither world better than the other. Noah in death went on to a better world, Paradise at first, where all Old Testament believers went, then was a part of the tremendous procession led by Christ after the Cross, leaving behind the old Paradise in the bowls of the earth and transferred to the new Paradise in heaven, and there awaiting his resurrection which will occur at the end of the tribulation.
Though Noah had a good life, had many trials and probably many failures, he was a mature believer and deemed righteous in Gods eyes due to his faith. No doubt Noah taught later generations all he knew, and he lived through to the birth of Abram. He would have seen many repeats of the early days before the flood as mankind fell away from God. Supported by Shem, both Noah and Shem became the visual heroes of faith to many generations. They would see many of their descendants die from shortened life spans and they themselves would not leave the earth until after Jacob was born. Jacob would, or at least had the opportunity to know Shem and Eber, the great grandson of Shem. See the generations chart in the image section on the index page.
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