Bible Study: Insights in Genesis: Noah and the Table of Nations Part 2

 

Insight in Genesis

Moving into the next section of Noah and his connection to all humanity, let us concentrate on the first part of Noah’s oracle, concerning Ham. The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan. Canaan, the fourth son of Ham, was cursed. Noah predicted Canaan’s descendants would become servant to servants. Did they?

Looking ahead hundreds of years, indeed, Joshua, from the line of Shem, led the Israelites across the Jordan and conquered Canaan, deposing them. Canaan was the Promised Land and from the time the Hebrews stepped foot onto that soil, the Canaanites were always a thorn in the side to the Israelites. The Israelites were warned not to intermarry with this race, and they failed to heed the warnings.

Why wouldn’t God want the Hebrews to intermarry with the Canaanites? Why were they so cursed by God?

Wickedness of the Canaanites

The Canaanites were polytheistic. They were a crude and sensual people performing perverted sexual rituals to ignite and arouse the gods in hopes that these gods would make them fertile. The Canaanites were also immoral, debased, barbarous. Their practices of sacred prostitution, snake worship and child sacrifice bled over to surrounding nations and influenced societies more than any other cult or tribe in history.

Some scholars believe that Ham’s wife could have been a descendant of the giants from the line of Cain and carried their seed, passing on the nature of wickedness that her family line was wiped out for. Noah foreshadowed the world of his fourth grandson. Why would God allow Ham and his wife to have lived, if this were true?

The Purpose of Noah’s Son Ham

It would seem that some great mystery lies in the arena of households and the salvation of them. Ham’s wife could have simply been saved because God saw favor on Noah and this spread over to his entire household. This, too, would foreshadow God’s grace to come. And, it would seem if this theory were accurate, God was able to solve any problems that were to arise because of the existence of Ham’s descendants, no matter what evil they might conjure.

Table of NationsBut I see something more in this. Shem, Ham and Japheth represent a threefold-nature of man. YHWH had a master plan to redeem humanity through a Savior that was going to come as a baby through Immaculate Conception as God wanted to redeem and sanctify the entire man, including the physical part of the framework of man. This would require the physical representation of man to reproduce, and this would mean that Ham and his wife needed to live on.

It is fascinating, too, to consider the vital achievements of the Hamitic people upon humanity. With their gifting in the physical/technical areas of life, we might be inclined to think of them being athletic and strong. This would not be errant. Africans are from Hamitic lineage. They have the most endurance of people on the planet. Look at long distance Olympic runners. Almost always they are from Africa. The best athletes in track and field, in American football, in basketball, and many other sports are negroid. Physical strength is owned by them.

Watch this space for Part 3…

Written by Jori Sams

Mosaic Law
Inspirational BlogJori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun… 

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