Noah prophesied about the nations of his sons’ descendants.
7. Noah prophesies concerning his sons’ dynasties.
Of Ham’s descendents, Noah prophesied,
Canaan is cursed. He will be a servant of servants to his brothers. Genesis 9:25
Noah’s curse of Ham’s descendants is the first recorded human curse. It is not clear exactly what is meant, but the Canaanites did become slaves of Shem (father of the Hebrews) during Israel’s monarchy.3
As mentioned in the previous lesson, Canaan may have been involved in the sin against Noah even though it wasn’t mentioned in the text. It’s also possible Noah knew what his son did (laughing at him and telling his brothers) by divine revelation.
Most scholars believe that Canaan wasn’t born until at least twenty years after the Flood. Therefore, although this is reported as the next occurrence in the Genesis account, it was not immediately after the Flood.2
Perhaps the strongest punishment against Ham was for Noah to prophetically reveal the destiny of his son Canaan.1
We can trust God is not punishing the son (Canaan) for the sin of the father (Ham). This goes against the heart and justice of God (Ezekiel 18:2-3). However, through Noah’s prophecy, God told Ham what would happen to his son.1
He said of Shem,
Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem.
Let Canaan be his servant. Genesis 9:26
Of Japheth, he said,
May God enlarge Japheth.
Let him dwell in the tents of Shem.
Let Canaan be his servant.” Genesis 9:27
8. Noah and his sons reminds me that God sees. . .
(In my notes from the first time I studied Genesis, the lesson-writers’ intent refers to “love covers a multitude of sins.” I got something else besides that.)
Noah sees what happened to him while incapacitated, and his sons learn God sees what we do and holds us accountable for our actions or rewards us.
The God who sees me
El Roi means “The God who sees me.” Ro’iy in the original Hebrew can be translated as shepherd, or as seeing, looking, or gazing. (Strongs)
[Hagar] called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees,” for she said, “Have I even stayed alive after seeing him?” Genesis 16:13
In Hagar’s situation—mistreated by Sarai, pregnant with Abram’s son, and alone in the wilderness—God reassures her He sees her situation and she returns to Abram and Sarai.
I learned the first lessons—don’t be a tattle tail or make fun of others—as a child. As an adult, I know we should report certain activities to the proper authority figure for the sake of that person and/or for the protection of others.
The second lesson is God sees. I also learned this as a child. My mom read us a story about a little boy stealing a watermelon. He said, “no one will see me.” The moral of the story was, “God sees everything we do.” I wish the story also left on a good note. Later I memorized, “When I am afraid, I will trust in God.” (Psalm 56:3)
9. Noah’s death at 950.
Noah lived 600 years through the flood and 350 after the flood—950 years total.
Scripture doesn’t mention Noah’s wife again after they left the ark. (Genesis 8:18)
If not for Noah—the only righteous man on earth—I would not be here. I wish we had more details about his life.
I’m sure I’ll be asking millions of questions when I get to heaven. So much to learn and an eternity to learn.
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