Genesis 9:19-25 (NLT)
18Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah, survived the Flood with their father. (Ham is the ancestor of the Canaanites.) 19From these three sons of Noah came all the people now scattered across the earth. 20After the Flood, Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. 21One day he became drunk on some wine he had made and lay naked in his tent. 22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. 23Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, walked backward into the tent, and covered their father's naked body. As they did this, they looked the other way so they wouldn't see him naked. 24When Noah woke up from his drunken stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. 25Then he cursed the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham: "A curse on the Canaanites! May they be the lowest of servants to the descendants of Shem and Japheth."
From the 3 sons of Noah we are all descended. After the flood Noah became a farmer and kept a vineyard. After consuming to much wine, possibly in celebration, Noah fell asleep naked in his tent. Noah who had always kept sober in drunken company had now fallen drunk in sober company. Noah’s shame was his nakedness as he laid there in his sin. Ham saw his father and instead of being concerned for his father, Ham went out to rejoice in his father’s iniquity and o share it with his brothers. It’s those who also fall to sin who often rejoice in the fall of others. Hams brothers took a dim view of what happened and went in to discreetly cover their father’s shame. Noah having learned Ham’s indiscretion cursed him and those who would be Canaanites.
Noah placed a curse upon Ham that became a generational curse. It’s interesting when you look at Ham’s future history. It says one of Ham’s descendant’s was Nimrod, who was a mighty heroic warrior in the Lord’s sight. He built the foundation for his empire in the land of Babylonia, with the cities of Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh. From there he extended his reign to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen--the main city of the empire, located between Nineveh and Calah. Many of these cities are well known in the Bible, especially Babylonia, Assyria, Babel and Nineveh. The Babylonians became the enemies of the Israelites and took them into captivity. Ham’s son Canaan was also the ancestor of the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. Eventually the territory of Canaan spread from Sidon to Gerar, near Gaza, and to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, near Lasha. Again, these were many enemies to the Israelites and the lands such as Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with wickedness. Ham who had lived sinfully in his lifetime had also spread sin for generations. Did you realize sin can be a generational curse? Did you know sins can be passed to children, then to their children and it continues on and on? Pray that the curses of generational sin stops. Pray parents will take a stand to identify the sins in their lives and hold them self accountable. Pray the sin stops here and continues no more.