Summary: The covenant of God bridged the gap between Shem and Ham, of Christ Jesus, lifted Ham up out of sin, in a way that love of the flesh could not.
SHEM, JAPHETH, OR HAM
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (October 10, 2015)
“By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations” (Genesis 10:5, King James Version [God's covenant]).
Greetings In The Name Of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, Do you know why African-Americans were told by white-Americans [In those days, primarily White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs] that they were---Ham, speaking of Noah's youngest son (Genesis 9:24, KJV)? Did the slave traders happen upon a tribe of Ham's children when they were buying, stealing, and trading slaves from coast-to-coast, from continent-to-continent? Or, was the reason they were called Ham, more in line with the thoughts of Noah's curse upon his grandson, Canaan (Ham's son) because Ham looked upon Noah's nakedness---told his brothers, Shem and Japheth---after Noah drank the wine he made from grapes, became drunk, and was uncovered in his tent (9:20-22, KJV [Noah, the father of wine making, was counted the only righteous God-fearing man of his time [before the flood], also Job was counted righteous, and Daniel during the time Judah was carried into Babylon were counted righteous, later Abraham was counted righteous and God blessed him [for the coming of the manifestation of Jesus---birth of Christ Jesus]). Most importantly, whether the thoughts of those who told African-Americans they were Ham were on the curse, more so or less than on the position of their birth line---for Shem was the chosen line of God, which made them either a Jew or a Gentile, subsequently in Christ Jesus a Jewish-Christian or a Gentile-Christian, leads us to follow Holy Bible (n.d.) stories, to see what the end could be? What was Canaan's curse?
According To The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis (9:24-27):
“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. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall
be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem;
and Canaan shall be his servant.”
Now, Ham had four sons [“And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.”, Genesis 10:6, KJV] but the curse was upon Canaan and to that, we draw from the bible stories that Abraham in the chosen line of Shem, displaced Canaan from the promised lands, for Canaan was settled on the promised lands [God took the promised lands from Canaan and gave the promised lands to Abraham]. In that regard, however, of acquisition, we know Canaan served Abraham (Shem) even more so, we know Ham's second oldest son Mizraim or Egypt, enslaved the children of Shem (Jacob or Israel) after Joseph's death and Israel served over 400 years in Egypt [“Mizraim is Misr pronounced Masr in Egyptian colloquial Arabic; hence Egypt's official name is Jumhuriyat Misr al-'Arabiyah---The Arab Republic of Egypt---therefore, Ham is known as the ancestor of the Copts of Egypt, the Berbers of North Africa, and unidentified black people---Egypt was also known as the land of Ham”, Wikipedia, 2015; The Readers Digest Association, Inc.,1994].The bible stories continue to show the conquest---acquisition of lands taken from Canaan. Now, Canaan had Sidon (Zidon), his first born, Heth, and the nations: Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite, and they were spread abroad, from Sidon to Gaza [Genesis 10:15-20; I Chronicles 1:13-16, KJV]. The conquest to take what Canaan had to give to Abraham the chosen line---commenced after the death of Joshua [“Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?”, The Book
Of Judges 1:1, KJV].
Moreover, Judah and Simeon went up and the LORD delivered the 10 thousand men of the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, in Bezek; also Judah took Jerusalem, and the Canaanites that dwelt in the mountain, in the south, and in the valley; Judah took the Canaanites in Hebron (known as Kirjatharba); Judah took the inhabitants of Debir, in which Caleb gave his daughter to Othniel, the son of Kenaz for being instrumental in the overtake (known as Kirjathsepher); the children of the
Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah and dwelt in the wilderness of Judah in the south of Arad; Judah and Simeon went up and slew the Canaanites in Zephath (Hormah); Judah took Gaza with the coast; Judah took Askelon with the coast; Judah took Ekron with the coast but the children of Benjamin could not drive out Canaan's children the Jebusites out of Jerusalem because they had chariots of iron; neither did Manasseh drive the Canaanites out of Bethshean, nor Taanach, nor Dor, nor Ibleam, nor Megiddo, so Israel made the Canaanites pay tribute because they could not utterly destroy them; neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites of Gezer, nor did Zebulon drive out the the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol but the Canaanites dwelt among them and also paid tribute [became tributaries] to Israel; neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab; nor of Achzib; nor of Helbah; nor of Aphik; nor of Rehob so the children of Ash (Asherites) dwelt among the Canaanites because the tribe of Asher (Israel) could not drive them out; neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh; nor Bethanath; so Bethshemesh and Bethanath became tributaries to Naphtali; and the Amorites forced the tribe of Dan (Israel) into the mountains and would not let them come down to the valley but the tribe of Joseph prevailed and made the Amorites tributaries” (The Book Of Judges, chapter 1, KJV).