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The Curse of Canaan part II

In Curse of Canaan on December 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

Again on the assumption that according to the curse on Canaan, Ham’s descendants are doomed to slavery, and Shem’s descendants are to be blessed with the position and privilege of having slaves from the progeny of Ham, we have a right to expect to find the facts in history to correspond. Certainly, before consulting history, we shall not expect to find Shem’s children in bondage,  if God has said Canaan shall be Shem’s slave.   On the contrary, history reveals that  the Hebrews were in bondage in Egypt hundreds of years.  Egypt was the country of Misraim, the second son of Ham. The Hebrews were Shemites.   Shemites were in slavery and Hamites were masters.  Thus we see that these words of Noah, if attempt to apply them to the history of the branches of family, are not verified in history.  But God’s word of prophecy cannot fail.   Therefore Noah’s curse on Canaan, and predictions as to Shem and Japheth are his guess, founded, in part by knowledge of his children, and prompted as much by incensed feelings.   We cannot, in the light of history receive these words as uttered by Noah when moved by the Holy Ghost, but as the hasty malediction of an incensed father, irritated both by his drunkenness and a feeling of indignation against that member of the family who had exposed his shame.

There is additional proof that the curse and blessings in the 25th 26th 27th verses of the 9th chapter of Genesis were Noah’s and not God’s.   In the first verse of this chapter, “God blessed Noah and his sons.”  Notice, it is –God blessed all the sons of Noah.   But in these verses under consideration we read it was Noah, not God  who said, “Cursed be Canaan;” at the same time repeating, in substance, that Japheth and Shem had the Lord’s blessing, and his own good wishes and expectations than Canaan.   It really seems that Noah had taken the responsibility of revoking the Lord’s blessing, in part, which had been pronounced on all his sons alike.   It is quite probable that slavery was at this time instituted, not by divine authority, but by parental authority, i.e.– by Noah, in the spirit of  revenge on Canaan.   It is not improbable that this member of the family was from that time subject to the contempt tyranny and oppression of his grandfather and uncles cousins and brothers.

The curse on Canaan and the blessing on Shem the word of the Lord or it is not?  If it be the word of the Lord, it could not have failed.   But that word has failed; therefore, it is not the word of the Lord.   If it be not the word of the Lord, no justification of slavery can be argued from this famous passage of Scripture.

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