GOD’S STORY part 64 Variety and Disfavour

“Variety is the spice of life,” right?! (William Cowper)

We have billions of people on the planet and every face is unique (even identical twins can be identified individually by those who know them well.) Finger prints are unique to each individual as are our irises.

There are diverse cultures, diverse religious practices, a variety of physiques and skin colour. The human race is full of diversity and it is beautiful!

But often differences produce hostility. Noah triggered an issue that would provoke hostility throughout the centuries.

Genesis 9:20-27

“And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said:

“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”

And he said:

“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.

May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

Noah’s Curse

When Noah got drunk, Ham responded with mocking, gossiping, showing his brothers their father’s nakedness. He drew attention to his father,’s humiliation, sharing it with his brothers. 

However, the brothers gave their father dignity, covering his nakedness.

Noah’s response toward his youngest when he learned Ham had seen him naked was to curse him, putting him — and his line descending — in the place of servitude to his brothers.

Consequences of the Curse

The descendants of Ham and the Canaanites are the negroid people who settled and multiplied in Africa. Those of Shem are the Orientals and Jews. From Japheth have come the Gentiles.

Although each of the three racial groups migrated to huge land masses and had equal opportunity, we do see historically that the black people have had the harder time to prosper. And although slavery has been a part of human civilisation throughout the ages, it does appear that black people have developed more slowly and less prosperously, seeming to be placed in subservience to caucasian and asian people groups across the globe.

American Civil War

One of the most striking and distressing examples of racism toward black people was demonstrated in the United States before 1860, which led to the American Civil War in 1861. The above Genesis Bible verses were quoted amongst American Southerners to justify the ongoing slavery in America when most European nations, beginning with France, Denmark, Norway and then Great Britain, had abolished slavery.

Variety is revealed through GOD’s Creativity

Look across the globe at the variety of flora and fauna. Look at the variety in landscape and see the unique beauty in each human face. Variety is a blessing but we’ve turned it into a curse, beginning with Noah’s hostility toward his son’s actions and attitude, so that one of the three people groups have been made the underdog for centuries.