Noah's Three Sons Seen in the Gospel
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." Acts 17:24-28
This article attempts to trace how God, for His own purposes, has carefully distinguished the ancestry of Noah's three sons, down through biblical history, to arrive at and achieve the dissemination of the Gospel.
First of all, Noah replaces Adam (and his three sons, Cain, Able, Seth). Both were commanded by God to "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." (Genesis 1:28; 9:1)
Noah's three sons were...
Shem, Ham, Japheth
When mentioned together, scripture always mentions these three boys in that order:
"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood." (Genesis 10:1; 5:32; I Chronicles 1:4)
[To determine the families, tongues, lands, and nations that overspread the earth, please study Genesis Ten.]
"[A]nd by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood." (Genesis 10:32)
Abraham marries three wives...
Sari -- Shem -- Abraham takes a wife from his own family, tongue, land, and nation. (Genesis 11:10-31)
Hagar -- Ham -- Abraham goes down into Egypt (Genesis 12:10) picks up a handmaid, named Hagar, for his wife (Genesis 16:1), who bore Ishmael (Genesis 16). [Egypt is the land of Ham. (Psalm 105:23; 114:1)]
When Sarai (now Sarah, Genesis 17:15) dies (Genesis 23:1-2), Abraham marries...
Keturah -- Japheth -- (Study Genesis 25:1-4. [In verse five Abraham gives all he has to Isaac. And, only he (Isaac's) and Ishmael's lineage are mentioned for the rest of the chapter.] Compare I Chronicles 1:32-33.
The three synoptic Gospels are written to...
Matthew -- Shem -- King of the Jews. Matthew One traces Christ's lineage back to King David.
Mark -- Ham -- Servant. A Servant does not have a lineage.
Luke -- Japheth -- Son of Man (Gentile). Luke Three traces Christ's lineage back to the first man -- Adam.
At Calvary, the superscription placed on Christ's cross was written in three different languages...
"And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin." (John 19:19, 20; Luke 23:38)
Hebrew -- Shem
Greek/Gentile -- Japheth
Latin -- Ham
Finally, the Gospel was disseminated to the...
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16
Shem -- Jew ("first") ...Acts One to Acts Seven
Ham -- Ethiopian ...Acts Eight [Ethiopia/Egypt: Psalm 68:31; Isaiah 20:3-5]
Japheth -- Gentile ("also to the Greek") ...Acts Ten