Why was Ham cursed?

It is commonly believed that Ham was cursed by his father Noah because he was black.  This belief was used as the foundation of the enslavement of black races by their white brothers and sisters.  This belief is not supported in scriptures since they reveal clearly that Noah cursed Ham because he “uncovered his father’s nakedness.”  When taken in the context,  the uncovering of Noah’s nakedness could mean that Ham saw Noah’s nude body.

Noah had become uninhibited and naked due to drunkenness. I  believe that Ham must have gone into Noah’s tent and seen his father’s nakedness. However,  the response of the two brothers seem to indicate that Ham must have discussed the condition of his father’s body in an  irreverent and disrespectful manner.   This is implied in Genesis 9: 28 in which God said that Noah awoke and “knew what his younger son had done unto him”.

Ham’s brothers became very upset, went into the tent backwards and respectfully covered their  father’s nudity. They later reported the story to their father when he became sober.

On hearing Shem and Japheth’s report, Noah became very upset and cursed Canaan, Ham’s son.  This would explain why Noah appeared to have overreacted. I believe that God did not reveal the full extent of the aggravation out of respect to His Prophet Noah.  We simply have to read between the lines:

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

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

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 (Genesis 9: 22 – 27)

The Ethiopians descended from Cush, the son of Ham

Cush (H3568) was Ham’s firstborn and the ancestor of the Ethiopians (H 3568). Cush means black.  There is no reference in scripture to indicate that God hates the Ethiopians. In fact, the Angel of the Lord sent Evangelist Phillip to the desert to preach to an influential Ethiopian eunuch who then evangelized his nation (Acts 8: 26 – 40).

The Egyptians are the descendants of Ham’s son Mizraim

Mizraim   (H 4714) was the second son of Ham.  The words  Egypt  and Egyptians (H 4714) are  used over 600 times as synonyms in scripture to indicate that the Egyptians are the direct descendants of  Mizraim.

According to Strong’s (blueletterbible.com),  the rendition of  Egypt in the Coptic and Sahidic dialects means blackness and heat and this implies that the Egyptians were black people.

Ham was a black man and this is derived from his name which means ” hot”  (Strong’s in blueletter bible.com) and sunburnt (Smith’s Bible Dictionary). Ham obviously carried the gene for black skinned people.

The scriptures also made direct connections between Ham and the Egyptians:

 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham  (Psalm 78: 51)

Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham

They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. (Psalm 105: 23 & 27)

They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

Wondrous works in the land of Ham, [and] terrible things by the Red sea (PSalm 106: 21 & 22)

The Libyans descended from Phut the son of Ham

Scriptures also make a direct link between Libya and Phut the son of Ham.  Libya is located in North Africa and many Libyans are black people.

Ham was also the forefather of the Canaanites

The Canaanites were the unfortunate recipients of  the curse that Noah directed to Ham.  In scripture, the descendants of Canaan included the Amorites and others. Strong’s indicates that this referred to the Phoenicians.

The curse of Ham’s color was used as an excuse for the slave trade

Noah cursed Ham’s son Canaan and said that he would become a servant to his brethren. If the lies of  racism and slavery are true, we need an explanation for the reason why the Africans were indiscriminately enslaved. Why weren’t the descendants of  Canaan selectively enslaved? Why weren’t the Egyptians enslaved?

Slavery was clearly a heartless and cruel money-making venture that exploited people who were unable to defend and protect themselves from their oppressors.  The early ignorance of  nations regarding the truths of scripture also kept  them in bondage.

The Truth Shall Make You Free!

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