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Lesson # Genesis 10:15-20
Study Material - Genesis 10:15-20
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15 And Canaan became the father of Sidon, his first-born, and Heth 16 and the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgashite 17 and the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite 18 and the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite; and afterward the families of the Canaanite were spread abroad. 19 And the territory of the Canaanite extended from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; as you go toward Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, by their nations.
Here the descendants of Canaan are described. As well as their lands. They settled eventually in the land of present day Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. They had the best of the lands as this is the promised land which was to go to the Israelites.
When the land was promised to Abraham, it might have already had been promised to Shem centuries past. Typically the father would give designated areas to his sons to be their inheritances. Japheth was probably given the lands to the east and north, Ham to the south and Shem the lands in the middle east. This is only conjecture on my part, of course. But since God is fair and would not take something away from someone unless it was not theirs to begin with, since the planet earth is so large and certainly at the time there was more than enough room for the descendants of these three sons, and since there is a history surrounding inheritance customs in the Old Testament, then on this basis I think that the promised land, and the key word here is 'promised' was originally given to Shem.
Looking at the generations chart you will see that Shem lived a very long life and was alive when Abraham was born. I think that this promise was reinforced to Abraham as he was sent out of the land of Ur and into Palestine. But it would be centuries before Joshua would actually take possession of the land. From Abraham to Joshua, a lot of events would take place first.
Canaan was the child of Ham who was the object of the curse. Hams other sons moved into Egypt and Africa. The children of Canaan stayed in the area after the Babel incident and as peoples began to drift off in different directions.
Canaan had the attitude of taking that which was not his, which is a typical attitude of the sin nature. Without Bible doctrine to guide them, and due to their negative attitude these nations which descended from Canaan and occupied the lands known as Canaan, became evil peoples following idols and degeneracy of human sacrifices, extreme sexual immorality and all manner of sin later mentioned in scripture. These were a corrupt people. Sodom and Gomorrah would eventually become a demonstration of Gods judgment on extreme evil. Just as the flood demonstrated Gods judgment against the degenerate peoples of that time.
Though Canaan had the best of the land, He sought corruption and ignored God. He chose for himself what he wanted rather than accepting that which God gives freely. And this is the lesson of this passage. Though it is brief with respect to the descendants of Canaan. This information is given to teach us where the peoples of past civilizations came from and the origins of the nations. It sets up the pattern for the conflict between the descendants of Shem and the descendants of Ham over a piece of real estate. The pattern of faith follows Shem with respect to the line of Christ, but faith is not restricted to the line of Shem. Doctrine is free and available to all.
God gave Noah deliverance. Told him when to board the ark, when to get off, and probable directed Noah which direction to travel when they left the ark behind and moved east out of the mountains and into the plains of Syria and Iraq. God gives us direction through doctrine. So it is not unreasonable to presume that God is directing Noah and then some of the descendants such as Nimrod and Canaan rebelled and went their own way trying to seize from others to satisfy their own desires. When Abraham and Lot separated, Lot chose the plush lands. Canaan likewise chose the plush lands rather than going to the places directed by Noah. This is of course my own reasoning. The conflict between Israel and the peoples of the land of Canaan is still about 800 years away, give or take a few. But as Moses is writing this just prior to the crossing into the land by the Israelites, the enemy is identified and the promises are repeated to provide them with assurance that God has stamped this repossession with his approval. The Canaanites had something that did not belong to them. They took what they had no right to take. And now God was identifying the cursed peoples who were going to fall. And this identification is being made in this chapter and in these verses.
God gives freely to those who follow Him, His word, but removes that which is taken without right by those who reject God. This justice may take several generations to accomplish, but it will be accomplished with certainty sooner or later.
As our life progresses we need to remember that if we fall away from doctrine we might still prosper. Unbelievers prosper in this world, but sooner or later we will meet our judgment, and anything we have apart from God will be removed from us. Don't let prosperity put you to sleep spiritually. Don't let hardship make you bitter. Think doctrine and think positive. Everything in life has a purpose, even death has a purpose. Events, both good and bad, give us an opportunity to learn and apply doctrine, give us an opportunity to understand life and wake up to reality, but only if your soul is ruled by Bible doctrine.
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