In an odd event that results in even odder results, Noah is found drunk and naked in his tent by his son Ham, who goes and informs his older brothers. His brothers grab a garment, place it over their shoulders and walked in backwards towards Noah so as not to see him.
Noah wakes up, realizes what happens, and instead of cursing Ham, curses Ham’s son, Canaan. Noah curses his own grandson because of the actions of Canaan’s father. We are told Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations, and he walked with God. Yet he got caught in this unfortunate, if not embarrassing, situation, at which point instead of repenting for his drunkenness, he curses his own grandchild? This curse is for Canaan his grandson to be servants to the lineage of Shem and Japheth.
Genesis 9:26 (Noah speaking) And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.
Is Jehovah also not the God of Canaan, Japheth, and Ham? Is it up to the grandfather to appoint such a sentence to his grandchildren? Interesting story and outcome. He blesses Jehovah who is God of Shem and he wants God to enlarge Japeth.
Noah dies after 950 years and his lineage is described in Genesis 10. A few interesting verses to note:
Genesis 10:8 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah: wherefore it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah
The last time we heard about “mighty men” it was in reference to the children of the Sons of God/Daughters of men who were called Nephilim and giants. A quick internet search for Nimrod uncovers an interesting image:
Hopefully we come across Nimrod again in future verse, I’d like to know more details.