Genesis 404
Lesson Nine


Gen 9:18  And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 
Gen 9:19  These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. 
Gen 9:20  And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 
Gen 9:21  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 
Gen 9:22  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 
Gen 9:23  And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. 
Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. 
Gen 9:25  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 
Gen 9:26  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 
Gen 9:27  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 
Gen 9:28  And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 
Gen 9:29  And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.


This section starts out with listing the three sons of Noah that came through the flood. Of these three, the whole earth was populated again. You are a direct descendant of one of them.  I encourage you to read Genesis chapter 10 at this point (I will ask some questions regarding chapter 10 in the review section below).  It is important to understand what role each of these sons played in the spread of humanity after the flood.


Now, as far a Noah is concerned, he didn't build anymore ships after this.  He took up the fine art of wine making. This however, lead to a great problem. He got drunk off of his wine, and, apparently, according to verse 22 went to sleep naked in his tent.  Now, it is important to remember at this point that making wine was not a sin.  Drinking wine was not a sin.  Even laying naked in his own tent was not a sin.  Getting drunk, although not smart, was not against any law at that time either. So, in reality, Noah did nothing wrong.  However, the next few verses describes a horrific sin.


 Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

Now, at first glance, it would appear that nothing bad really took place here. Certainly nothing bad enough to provoke a curse by Noah after waking up (Verses 24,25).  However, we need to read the whole context to understand what really is taking place here.

First, look at verse 22 again. The verse says that Ham "saw" his father naked. This word does not simply mean he walked by and accidentally glanced in. The word means far more... Besides "to see", it can also mean, " approve, to enjoy, have experience, joyfully, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another", among other things.


Secondly, note Noah's words in verse 24  "And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him"....   "son HAD DONE UNTO HIM".   Ham did not just "look" at his father, he done something TO his father. And, whatever it was that he "done" to his father, it was bad enough to bring a curse upon him (verse 25). 


What transpired here was the first recorded homosexual act.  Ham not only saw his father naked, but he acted upon what he saw and committed a homosexual act.  He then went outside and told his brothers what he had done (V. 22). This falls in line with how bold the spirit of homosexuality is.    


Now his brothers acted noble in this situation. They, not even risking temptation, walked in backwards and covered their father.  This should be our response to sin as well. Don't even give satan an opportunity to tempt us.  Don't even look in the direction of sin..... Romans 13:14 "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

As a result, Ham was cursed, and his two brothers were blessed.  Ham became their servants, and even to this day, the nations that rose up from Ham, are subservient to those of Shem and Japhath. 


And then finally, we are told that Noah died at the old age of 950.


Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.