What did Canaan do?
It’s a mystery to me why Noah cursed Canaan. His father Ham was the one who told his brothers Shem and Japheth that Noah was passed out drunk and was naked in his tent. Ham had three other sons and Canaan was the youngest. Was he with his dad, Ham, and did he gossip in the camp about grandpa? It’s a mystery to me except the fact that Canaan was cursed.
“Cursed be Canaan, a servant to his brothers. He also said, Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem, And let Canaan be his servant.” Genesis 9:25-27)
Canaan’s family tree and the territory they settled, the land of Canaan, is recorded in Genesis 10:15-20. This is the land Abraham, Isaac and Jacob wandered in as strangers having received a promise that it would be their everlasting possession. Canaan: a land of ancient wars, occupations, myths, and promise.
The mythical King of Jaffa.
Jews in the promise land.
“When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance – all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.” Acts 13:19) In 70 A.D. God administered His judgment upon an idolatrous people. The nation was conquered and dispersed throughout the world.
The Christian Crusaders and Islamic Ottomans.
Napoleon paid his visit.
Now Israel has a foothold.
What will happen next?
The three short chapters of the book of the prophet Zephaniah describes God’s judgments on Judah’s enemies. If you are Jewish, and concerned watching the maneuvering of the nations as they try to dictate Israel’s future, heed the word of God.
“Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation not desired, Before the decree takes effect – The day passes like the chaff – Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD’S anger comes upon you.
Seek the LORD, All you humble of the land Who have carried out His justice; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.” (Zephaniah 2:1-3)
This has been determined to be Israel’s future. “In the whole land, ‘declares the LORD, two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, The LORD is our God.'” (Zechariah 13:8-9)
God will continue to gather His chosen people before His “decree takes effect.” We are now watching as God Almighty gathers His grain to the threshing floor.