Bible Prophecy

Lineage of Nations

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God "the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken" (Ge 3:23). Sin took hold, and when Cain killed his brother, God told him, "'You are cursed from the ground'" (4:11). Then Cain settled "east of Eden" (:16) and his wife "gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city" (:17). Sin was still operative as evidenced by Lamech telling his wives, "'I have killed a man for wounding me; and a boy for striking me. If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-seven fold'" (:23-24). Nonetheless "men began to call upon the name of the Lord" (:26). However, "the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth" (6:5) and said, "'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land'" (:7). "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord" (:8) and "became the father of three sons" Shem, Ham, and Japheth" (:10). God directed Noah to "'make for yourself an ark'" (:14) because "'I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh'" (:17).

When the flood subsided God told them, "'I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood'" (9:11). "The Lord said to Himself, 'I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth'" (8:21). "Noah began farming and planted a vineyard and he drank of the wine and became drunk" (9:20-21). It resulted in an offence made by Ham whereby Noah stated, "'Cursed be Canaan'" (:25) who was one of the "sons of Ham [who] were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan" (10:6). Some would say a curse would be genealogically inherited. "Cush became the father of Nimrod" (:8) but he was not in the line of Canaan. His name means "strong, valiant, brave." "He was a mighty hunter before the Lord" (:9) which can't be construed as resulting from Noah's curse. "The beginning of his kingdom was Babel . . . in the land of Shinar" (:10) which doesn't mean it was inevitable that he would be the cause of all the world's problems. However, he was the thirteenth generation from Adam and, in the Bible, the number 13 is the number of rebellion.