Updated: Nov 20, 2020
It is important to distinguish from history how the positioning of Noah’s sons conforms into today. Let’s direct our first focus on Ham. Noah did something just like God did to Satan, once he judged his sins, he changed his name – Ham to Canaan and cursed him to other land.
From historical texts, we find that Canaan was the name of a large and prosperous ancient country (at times independent, at others a tributary to Egypt) located in the Levant region of present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. It was also known as Phoenicia (purple).
Ancient History Encyclopedia tells us that the name 'Canaan' appears in various ancient texts from Egypt to Mesopotamia. In the Egyptian texts, Canaan seems to have been used as a designation for Egypt’s Asiatic province. In the Bible, Canaan could refer to the whole of Palestine west of Jordan, the ideal inheritance of the Hebrews; but it could also refer to more restricted areas, especially the coastland of Palestine. Correspondingly, the biblical writers occasionally refer to the whole indigenous population of Palestine as `Canaanites’ (thus interchangeably with 'Amorites'). On other occasions, they seem to distinguish the Canaanites and Amorites from other groups among the occupants of Palestine.
It also tells us that in religion, they worshiped many gods but, chief among them, the god El, the goddess Ashera (associated with Astarte) and her consort Baal, and Sumerian deities such as Utu-Shamash. Baal and Ashera are both considered initially vegetative/fertility deities who then took on more impressive attributes ascribed to Sumerian gods such as Enlil and Ninlil or Enki and Ninhursag. Other deities worshiped included a minor god named Yahweh who, according to recent scholarship, may have been the Canaanite god of metallurgy. Religious rites included human sacrifice (especially child sacrifice) in the understanding that the gods gave only the best to the people and so they should reciprocate by offering their best to the gods.
Put a bookmark there and let’s now look at Shem.
The portion of the earth occupied by the descendants of Shem, (Genesis 10:21,31) begins at its northwestern extremity with Lydia, and includes Syria (Aram), Chaldaea (Arphaxad), parts Of Assyria (Asshur), of Persia (Elam), and of the Arabian peninsula (Joktan). Modern scholars have given the name of Shemitic or Semitic to the languages spoken by his real or supposed descendants which was the Hebrew language. Shem and his family followed God and it was the Shem linage that was the bloodline of Jesus. It was through Abraham, a descendant of Shem, that God built the great nation of Israel.
So, we find the chess board setup again just like it was with Seth and Cain. Shem was the bloodline God had chosen for His people and Ham (Canaan) that had aligned himself with Satan and the fallen angels. For we are told in Numbers 13: 1-3 that God told Moses “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, everyone a r