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Old 07-10-2009, 07:49 PM
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I believe Gen 9:24-27 to be somewhat misunderstood.

Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

I have been reading a series of articles that show that Shem, Ham, and Japheth represent the triune parts of a man, Shem represents the Spirit, Ham represents the Body, and Japheth represents the Soul. And history validates this. The Shemites have been responsible for the great religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The Hamites have been responsible for practical technology and inventions, while the Japhethites have had a leading role in philosophy and science. Now these are general statements, but generally they are very true.

As for Ham's descendents being servants, this is not altogether as terrible as it seems. The Lord himself said of servants;

Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


So, the Lord Jesus himself exalted the role of the servant, as he was a servant himself.

That said, being a servant is a very hard and difficult occupation. And the descendants of Ham in many respects have not enjoyed the fruits of their own labors.

One of the articles I read showed the inventions that have benefitted all mankind that have come from the descendants of Ham.

Look at this impressive list of accomplishments of the Hamitic peoples

Quote:

Accomplishments of the Hamitic Peoples

Mechanical Principles and Applications

Block and Tackle
Gimbal suspension
Domes and arches
Whiffletrees
Suspension bridges
Lock gates and lifts
Windlass
Cantilever principle
Fire pistons
Gears Chain drives
Lathes
Pulleys Catapults
Clockwork
Steam engine principle mechanism

Materials

Copper
Bellows systems of all types
Bronze
Glass (including possibly a malleable glass)
Iron
Pottery, china and porcelain
Cast Iron
Lenses of several types
Steel
Charcoal and carbon black
Cement
Glues and preservatives
Dyes and inks
Shellacs, varnishes and enamels
Rubber
Casting methods of all kinds including
Case hardening hollow casting
Gold and silver working including beading, repoussť, sheet, wire and the plating of metals.

Building Techniques, Tools and Materials

Nails
Window materials, including glass
Saws
Door hinges and locks
Hammers
Protective coatings
Brace and Bit
Street drainage systems
Sandpaper
Sewage disposal on a wide scale
Rope saws
Running water in piped systems
Carborundum
Piped gas for heating
Stoves
Central heating systems
Plans and Maps
Surveying instruments
Drills (including diamond drills)
Buildings of all types, including genuine skyscrapers and earthquake proof construction

Fabrics and Weaving, etc.

Linen
Voile
Ikat or tie-dyeing
Cotton
Tapestry
Feather and fur garments
Silk
Batique
Tailored clothing
Wool
Needles
Double-faced cloth
Felt
Thimbles
Knitted and crocheted materials
Lace
Parchment
All types of thread
Netting
Guaze
Dyes of all kinds
Mechanical looms
Silk screen methods of decoration
Invisible mending
Ropes up to 12 inches in diameter
Flying shuttles
Netting shuttles

Writing, Printing, etc.

Inks
Textbooks
Chalks
Encyclopedias
Pencils and crayons
Libraries and cataloguing systems
Block printing
Literary forms (fables, etc.)
Movable type
Envelopes and postal systems
All kinds of paper
Paper of all kinds, including coated stock.
Scripts (Sumerian, Cuneiform and its successors, Egyptian, Hittite, Minoan, Chinese, Easter Island, Indus Valley, and Mayan)

Foodstuffs

Aloes
Chickle gum
Tomato
Pears
Cascara
Sweet Potato
Kidney beans
Pineapple
Prickly pear
Cereals
Chili pepper
Squash
Cocoa
Cashew and peanut
Corn
Coffee
Manioc
Beans
Tea
Artichoke
Strawberries
Tobacco
Potato
Arrowroot

Animals Domesticated

Pigs
Dogs
Llama
Horses
Cats
Alpaca
Fowl
Camels
Cows, sheep, etc.

Foodgathering Methods

The use of countless fish poisons and animal intoxicants
The use of other tamed animals to catch 'game':
dogs and cormorants for fishing, cats for hunting,
various birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, etc.
Elephants for labour and land clearance
Traps and nets of all kinds

Travel Conveyances, etc.

Compass
Canals and locks
Road Rollers
Skis
Sternpost rudder
Wheelbarrows
Toboggans
All types of water craft
Stirrups
Snowshoes
Cement paving
Wheeled vehicles
Travois
Surfaced Roads
Wheels: solid, spoked, rimmed and tired
Watertight-compartment construction for boats
Harness for domestic animals
Use of birds for navigation
Bridges of all types: suspension, cantilever, arch, etc.

"Aircraft"

Balloons
Gliders
Helicopters
Kites
Parachutes
Jet Propulsion
Weather-signalling and forecasting

Cosmetics, etc.

Mirrors
Nail polishes
Toothbrushes
Wigs
Scissors
Shaving equipment
Combs
Powders and ointments
Jewelry of all kinds

Mathematics

Geometry
A kind of logarithms
Trigonometry
Concept of zero
Algebra
Use of place system

Trade and Commerce

Paper money and coinage
Systems of inspection
Banking houses
Trade regulations and price-fixing
Postal systems
Wage regulation and compensation systems
Loans with interest
Accounting systems and formal contracts
Weights and measures

Medical and Surgical Practices and Instruments

Gargles
Anaesthetics
Lotions
Snuffs
Soaps
Ointments
Inhalators
Splints
Plasters
Enemas
Quinine
Adhesive tapes
Fumigators
Poultices
Tourniquet
Suppositories
Decoctions
Surgical stitching
Insecticides
Infusions
Bandages
Truth serums
Pills
Curare
Cocaine
Troches
Trephination
Caesarian operations
Vaccine for smallpox
Cascara and other emetics
Tranquillizing drugs
Animal-stupefying drugs
Surgical instruments of all kinds; knives, forceps, tweezers, etc.
Identification and treatment of, hundreds of common diseases and injuries including brain and eye operations and surgery in general.

Household Furnishing

Hammocks
Gas cookers
Fans
Rocking stools
Rotary querns
Clocks
Folding beds
Lamps
Running water
Oil stoves
Space heaters
A form of "telephone"
Whistling pots and kettles
Go-carts and other toys for children

Games

Wrestling
Revolving stages for theaters
Rubber ball games
Lacrosse
Numerous board games (chess, checkers, etc.)

Warfare

Weapons of all types
Bows and crossbows
Bolas
Rifled weapons
Guided missiles
Body armour
Aerial bombardment
Poison gases and toxic agents
Flame throwers
Gun powder
Bows and crossbows
A repeating bow, a form of machine gun
Heavy artillery (catapults of several kinds)

Musical Instruments

Wind instruments (organ, pipes, horns, flutes, etc.)
Stringed instruments (various modifications of the harp)
Percussion instruments (tubes, bars, stones, bells, and diaphragms)
Tuning forks of various kinds

Miscellaneous

Umbrellas
Safety pins
Straws for drinking
Spectacles
Calendars
Telescopes (?)
Snow goggles
Cigar holders
Finger printing for identification
So, as you can see, this is an incredibly impressive list of inventions and technology by Hamitic peoples that has served and benefitted all mankind.

And we even see the sons of Noah in the crucifixtion of Jesus. He was condemned to death by the Semites (Jews), his cross was carried by a Hamite;

Matt 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

And Jesus was put to death by a Japhethite (Romans).

So even in account we see the three sons of Noah, named in order of Shem, Ham, and Japheth as they always are. But Simon of Cyrene did not do evil here as the Jews and Romans did. He carried the cross, again, he was a servant.

So, I think scripture does support this theory to a great degree.