It was Ham (a man of the flesh) and all of his seed whom, Noah said, were to serve Shem, Japheth (men of the spirit) and all their seed. Shem was to lead the family with Japheth dwelling in his tent; under his authority. And Ham was to be their servant; a man of the flesh must never be allowed to lead a man of the spirit.
So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: “Cursed be ; a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren.” And he said: “Blessed be Yehovah, Shem’s Elohim, and may Canaan be his servant. May Elohim enlarge Japheth, and may he dwell in Shem’s tent; and may Canaan be his servant.” (Gen 9:24-27)
Did Noah really curse Canaan (his grandson) for something his father had done? You will have to read “Noah Cursed Canaan?” to deepen your understandings.
It was Ham who stole the garments (garments which came from Adam and his woman) from his father (Noah) when he came off the ark; garments meant for Shem. He stole them and gave them in secret to Cush, so his seed would become great on the earth.
And it was when Cush gave the garments to Nimrod at 20 that he became the “profaned mighty one” on the earth.
This is the reason his father and uncles served him, and not Shem and Japheth’s seed. They were all rebelling against Yehovah and his eternal and unchanging ways. Listen to what these men decided to do.
Yasher 9:21 And all Nimrod’s princes and his great men took counsel together; Phut, Mitzraim, Cush and Canaan with their families, and they said to each other, Come let us build ourselves a city and in it a strong tower, and its top reaching heaven, and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us, that we may reign mightily over them, and that we may not become scattered over the earth on account of their wars.
Of course, all Nimrod’s princes are Ham’s sons. And their enemies are Shem and Japheth’s seed (that is all that is left). Yehovah told Noah and his sons to be fruitful, then multiply and then fill the earth; but these wicked men of the flesh want to make a name for themselves and keep from being scattered over the earth. Instead of exalting Yehovah’s name and His eternal kingdom, they want to make a name and a kingdom for themselves. Is that really any different from what men are doing all over the face of the earth right now?
Nimrod and Abram’s brother’sÂ were born very close together and HaranÂ (Abram’s eldest brother) was 32 old when Abram was born. In Yasher 9 and 10 we will see that Abram (living with Noah and Shem) was about 40 years old when the tower of Babel was begun and 48 when it was destroyed.
Yasher 9:39 39 And many of haÂ·aÂ·dams seed died in that tower, a people [all men] without number.
We will see today this is where Nimrod gets his nickname; Amraphel.
Yasher 10:1 And Peleg the son of Eber died in those days, in the forty-eighth year of the life of Abram son of Terah, and all the days of Peleg were two hundred and thirty-nine years.
This also answers a question that we had in Torah. Genesis says,
To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. (Gen 10:25)
“For in his days the earth was divided?” What does that mean? Peleg’s days are also Noah’s days, Shem’s days, Arphaxad’s days, Shalach’s days, Eber’s days, his brother Joktan’s days and even Terah’s (and all of his sons’ days), and that includes Abram’s days.
It appears to me that Peleg was one of them who was working on the tower of Babel and was killed during destruction.
Oh – so much to learn, and so little time; a lifetime is hardly enough. Please listen to this video and discover some of the other fun things we found today.
The Tower Of Babel
2G14 Yasher 9 and 10
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Fascinating study brother. Thanks.