Genesis 9:24-25-And Noah awoke from his wine, and
knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be
Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
The word ‘cursed’ in Hebrew means, "to
execrate." (Strong’s #779)
The word ‘execrate’ defined by Webster’s
Dictionary means, "to call down evil upon."
I know and you know that many Christians are taught
that God cursed Canaan but according to the scripture it was Noah who
called down the evil upon Canaan and not God.
Before we conclude this study, it is important to
remember that the consequence of sin is not always isolated to the sinner.
This tragic sin that devastated the lives of so many was left as a
testimony for us to learn from. This is a story of one man’s sin and how
it affected the lives of his entire family. Noah was a preacher (2
Peter 2:5) and he, more than anyone of his generation, knew the Will
of God. When he chose to get drunk, he opened the door for sin to enter
into his home.
If we go back and review the ninth chapter of Genesis
we will discover how the circle of sin crippled the lives of all the
participants. Noah, because of his drunkenness, woke up in dishonor to a
wife who had just been sexually molested by his son. Ham, because of his
stupidity, carried the guilt of his own son being cursed by Noah. For
Noah’s wife, this, without doubt, must have been a very disgraceful sin
for her to live with and one can only image that her relationship with
Noah must have suffered because of it. Finally, Shem and Ja’-pheth,
innocent of this sin, must have been very troubled emotionally over what
had just happened to their mother.
I thank you for studying with Men As Trees Teaching
Ministry and encourage you to view some of the other Bible studies on this
Study references are listed below
1) The Companion Bible: The Authorized Version of 1611
(KJV). Kregel Publications. Grand Rapids, MI.
2) The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible: By
James Strong. Hendrickson Publishers. Peabody, MA.
3) Webster’s New World Dictionary: Second College
Edition. Copyright 1980, By William Collins Publishers Inc. Englewood
4) Webster’s New Practical Dictionary. Publisher, G. &
C. Merriam CO. Springfield, Mass.