Generational Blessings and Curses Back to all sermons


Date: June 3, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 9:18–9:29

  • Genesis 9:18-29
  • Generational Blessings and Curses

18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed. (Genesis 9:18-19)

20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness.

(Genesis 9:20-23)

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,

 “Cursed be Canaan;

a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem;

and let Canaan be his servant.

27  May God enlarge Japheth,

and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,

and let Canaan be his servant.”

(Genesis 9:24-27)

28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.  (Genesis 9:28)

Main Point

  • The main point of these verses are to establish the sons of Noah
  • We find the first cursing of a human by Noah cursing Canaan
  • We aren’t sure why Noah curses Canaan instead of Ham
  • We do know that the curses and blessings will hold true

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses
  • This text is one of the hardest to deal with in Genesis
  • Despite this we can see some clear pictures
  • When we consider the generations who come from Noah and his sons, we can see the blessings and curse played out
  • From Shem comes Abraham, and Japheth’s line increases
  • The cures of Canaan are played out in their descendants as well
  • The reason why God gives Abraham the land of Canaan is because of their wickedness (see Genesis 15:16)
  • The practices of these people are evil and immoral

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (2)
  • The truth is there is something to be said of where it all began
  • Canaan is still his father’s son
  • The generations of Ham show individuals who trend toward decay and immorality
  • What does this say about us?
  • Is it possible that the curses which effect these individuals are similar to the judgments issued by God in Romans?

“21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

(Romans 1:21-32)

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (3)
  • What do we find in these verses?
  • One of the very judgments of God is to simply give people what they want
  • If they do not want to live for God, then God will give them up to their immorality, into their sins which devour them into death
  • What happens with such peoples? What happens to their sons and daughters?
  • They live in wicked ways, learning the ways of the wicked
  • The curse of generation upon generation is seen when God gives them their hearts desires

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (4)
  • Do we see this in our own time?
  • Statistically, it is more likely that if you abuse drugs that your children will
  • This means the possibility of drug abuse increases if ones parents abuse drugs
  • This can also pertain to tobacco or alcohol
  • If ones parents abuse such substances then it increases the risk of their children abusing them
  • When we look at divorce, the rates increase if ones parents divorced
  • If ones parents were unfaithful, the possibility of their children being unfaithful increases

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (5)
  • The effects we have on our children are great
  • Granted, it is still possible that one doesn’t abuse substances and that they do remain faithful and their offspring still end up doing these things
  • Instead, it is merely a recognition of a possibility of these things increase depending on parents
  • We see this in our text and have seen it previously with the genealogy of Cain
  • Cain murdered Abel, and then his offspring Lamech glorified in his bloodlust
  • Just as Ham was an unfaithful son, so Canaan would be unfaithful and his descendants as well
  • Their sin would become so great that God would force them out of the land

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (6)
  • This reminds us of the responsibility found in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
  • If we train up our children in the truth then it will give them a stronger foundation in the world
  • If we do not train up our children to love the Lord with their heart, mind, soul, and strength, then the darkness, will find the weakness
  • If we do not train up our children on what it means to love God with their hearts, their affections, then they will love other things

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (7)
  • If we do not train our children on what it means to love God with their minds, then arguments will be used against them to cause them to stray
  • Why do so many young Christians stop attending Church in college?
  • Because they were never fortified in their knowledge of God
  • When their academic professors proclaim God doesn’t exist, and then give evidence for this, those who grew up in the Church have no response
  • Meanwhile, all it would take from the Church, and our Christian parents, is to proper training in Christian theology and philosophy
  • It requires parents to be diligent

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (8)
  • The same is true of loving the Lord with all their soul, their being
  • If they are not trained to love God with their being then whatever gifts they have will be used haphazardly
  • The statistics of individuals who have no idea how to use their gifts in finances, management, business, art etc. are staggering
  • So they use the worlds methods to do these things because they have not been trained on how to honor God with who they are

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (9)
  • When it comes to loving God with their strength, their bodies
  • Never trained to appreciate the natural wonder that life brings
  • Many children fall prey to using their strength for vain purposes, or not even acknowledging the wonder around them, and it leads them astray
  • It is so easy for our children to be led astray, mainly because we do not properly equip them
  • It isn’t enough to teach our children Biblical stories, but we must also show them, and train them, in all the way they should go in all areas in life
  • But that requires us to do it ourselves

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (10)
  • If we don’t then we will find ourselves in a continued predicament…where our children turn away because we couldn’t provide the answers
  • If we can’t provide them…others will
  • SO what we find from this passage is the reality of blessings for those who seek righteousness, who seek God, who seek faithfulness
  • Our children are ours, but they are only ours because God is gracious
  • We have a responsibility to be vigilant in our stewardship with all the blessings God has provided for us

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (11)
  • Likewise we find a warning that the likelihood of sinfulness runs higher if we remain in sin
  • Generations sins are more likely to occur if we continue the trends
  • That the sins of the fathers will fall on the children and the grandchildren
  • Because they will know nothing more other than what their fathers and grandfathers taught

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (12)
  • Our encouragement from this passage is to stand firm in the faithfulness to God for His glory, but also for future generations
  • That sin seeks to destroy not only who we are, but even our families
  • Because it doesn’t end with families
  • As time goes on Canaan the man became a nation
  • A nation filled with families, and as such nations which have evil families become evil nations
  • For us to stand firm will lead to stronger families and stronger faith for our children
  • It will help shield them against the darts of the evil one, not only aimed from within, but also from without

Application Points

  • Generational Blessings and Curses (13)
  • The best way to protect our children, then, is to be steadfast
  • To bring the blessing by being faithful
  • But also acknowledging the sins of the fathers very often the sons
  • Stand Strong, this world is full of pits and snares to devour any who would seek another way
  • Whether it be us…or our children

Application Points

  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Fall
  • Redemption
  • Glorification