7. Noah's prophecy(2)

Last week I talked about the prophecy Noah made over his three sons. You will remember that I said that he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham and said that he will become the lowest of servants to the descendants of Shem and Japheth. And this did indeed happen. I don't think I even need to tell you, but the Canaanites settled in Canaan and lived there for several years, until their wickedness had become so awful that it was time for the Lord to punish them. And you all know the story of how the Israelites invaded Canaan after their exodus from Egypt. They eliminated most of the Canaanites and used those that were left as their slaves.

Also in later years the Canaanites were dominated by the Greeks and later totally demolished by the Romans in the Punic wars. So that prophecy was fulfilled.

And what did Noah say about his other two sons?

Genesis 9:26 "Then Noah said: May Shem be blessed by the Lord my God; and may Canaan be his servant."

And Shem was indeed blessed. Amongst other nations, the Jews were descendants of Shem. And this blessing on them was repeated to Abraham in Genesis 12. They were God's special nation and they were His Witness to the world that He is a loving God. They were and are indeed until today a very blessed nation.

And what did Noah say about Japheth?

Genesis 9:27 "May God enlarge the territory of Japheth, and may he share the prosperity of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant."

Did this happen? Yes it did. The descendants of Japheth settled for the most part in Europe and Asia Minor. And God did indeed help them to enlarge their territory. The Europeans were largely the ones who ventured out and discovered new continents and new lands. Today the descendants of Japheth are evident in every continent.

Plus Japheth today shares in the blessing of Shem. Why? Because when the Jews rejected Jesus, God rose up a new witness for Him on this earth and it was the Church. The Church at the start was predominantly Jewish, but as time passed on more and more Gentiles started to fill the church and today the Church is predominantly non-Jewish believers. And predominantly descendants of Japheth. God therefore allowed Japheth's descendant into a covenant with Him and allowed them to share the blessings He intended to bestow on the Jewish nation.

Of course today the members of the church consist of every nation and tribe, but it is just interesting to see how this prophecy of Noah largely came to pass. I think it will make a very interesting study to look at all the nations of the world through God's perspective. We tend to look at our world around us and we don't understand certain things, but maybe once in a while we should look at the bigger picture, not just concerning Noah's prophecy, but how God sees the world. He is working with a plan and it will all come to pass and one day when we are with Him we will understand everything and marvel in His goodness. He is so good and He works for the good of every believer. We need to trust in Him.

Thank you Father that You are working with a plan in this world. Thank you that we can trust in You. We will never understand everything here, but one day we will and we will marvel at Your everlasting goodness. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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