Noah and his sons (Gen 9:18-9:29)

“The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan.  These three were the sons of Noah. From these the whole earth was peopled.”

So the sons of Noah peopled the whole world.  Ham was the father of Canaan.  This might be the start of the great disputes with the Canaanites.

“Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.  He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent.  Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.  Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father.  Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.  When Noah awoke from his wine sleep and knew what his youngest son had done to him,  he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan.  Lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.’ He also said, ‘Blessed by Yahweh my God be Shem.  And let Canaan be his slave. May God make space for Japheth, and let him live  in the tents of Shem.  Let Canaan be his slave.’”

Noah was the first to plant a vineyard.  Then he made some wine and got drunk.  How did he know to let the grapes ferment into wine?  Now we find out why the Canaanites were not good.  In fact, it was not Canaan who did the bad deed, but his father Ham.  Ham saw that Noah was naked and told his two brothers Shem and Japheth.  The two brothers walked backwards with garments to cover their father Noah.  When Noah woke up and found out what had happened, he then cursed Ham, the father of the Canaanites, who would be slaves to his brothers, Shem and Japheth.  So therefore they did not like Ham’s Canaanites.

 “After the flood Noah lived three hundred fifty years.  All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years.  Then he died.”

Noah lived another 300 years and died at ripe old age of 950.  Remember that he was 600 at the time of the flood.