The purpose of this study is to learn the truth about the Black race in the Bible. This study is not meant to up-lift, or down-grade any race– including the Black race. 1 Cor. 10:1-11 expresses that we are supposed to learn from the mistakes that our ancestors made in the past, as a warning (admonition) not to do those things again in the future.
I feel that the reason why many races (especially the Black race) are having problems in society today is due to the fact that down-the-line Blacks have always been misinformed about their Biblical past. They were taught to believe that the Black race was the result of a curse and that the Black race contributed little to the Bible’s history.
As Christians we know, Satan is the father of lies, and the Truth will make us free. If you read into this statement, you’ll see that Satan has been oppressing certain races by with-holding them from the truth. But now is the time that the truth be told. God stated that His word is true, and that we should not doubt it. So as you watch this video about the Biblical origin of race and racism against Black people, open your heart to the truth and receive a blessing. Use the notes below as a reference for the information covered in this video.
I. THE ORIGINS OF RACIST THEOLOGY: “THE CURSE OF HAM??”
-Many Christian today are lead to believe that the Black race was the direct result of a curse placed on Ham by his father Noah… This belief is not true. According to Biblical genealogy, Ham is the father of the Black race, but NOT because of a curse. Ham had many descendants whose names were Cush (Ethiopian). Mizraim (Egyptians), Phut (Libya), and Canaan (Gen. 10:6-21). (Note: All of these were Black races.) The only descendant from Ham who was effected by the curse was Canaan. (Gen. 9:25-27). (Note: Ham’s name was not mentioned in the curse nor any of his other descendants.)
II. VERSES USED TO JUSTIFY RACISM AND BLACK SLAVERY
Genesis 9:24-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said:
“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”
26 And he said:
“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”
III. THE GENEALOGY OF THE BLACK RACE
From now on, whenever you read a Bible story that mentions any of these names, please know that these people were not White people. They were Black people.
-Gen. 10:6 Hams Four Sons
Below are the descendants of each of Ham’s sons:
-Gen. 10:7 Cush’s Sons
–Gen. 10:7 Raamahs Sons
-Gen. 10:13-14 Mizraims Son’s
6. Casluhites from who the Philistines came from
-Gen. 10:15-19 Canaan’s Sons:
*Later the Canaanite clans scattered
*The borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim as far as Lasha.
Note: According to Holy Scripture, only Canaan was cursed. The Black people of the slave trade came from West and Central Africa. African slaves did not come from the land were the Canaanites dwelled. Ham had other children who were not cursed.
IV. WELL KNOWN BIBLE STORIES WITH BLACK PEOPLE
1. Pharaoh’s daughter (a Black woman) sees baby Moses Ex. 2:6
a. How did she know Moses was a Hebrew?
2. Moses marries a Black woman -Ex. 2:21
a. Proof she is his wife -Ex. 18:2
b. Proof she is Ethiopian -Nu. 12:1
c. God punishes Miriam for being racist against Blacks -Nu. 11:9
3. The genealogy of Jesus mentions a Black woman -Math. 1:5
a. Rahab is a Canaanite (Black woman) who lived in the city of Jericho. – Josh. 2:1 & 24:11
4. One of the 12 Disciples was a Black man named Simon the Canaanite. -Matt. 10:4
V. HISTORICAL TRUTHS
1. Learn from past mistakes! 1 Cor. 10:1-11
The origin of mankind according to the Bible was Africa. – Gen. 2:8-14
(Scientific Documents states our DNA supports the Biblical claim that we all come from Africa.)
2. Images of Jesus portrayed as a White male with blonde hair and blue eyes contradicts Biblical description. Jesus was not White. –Rev. 1:14-16
a. Jesus hair. -Dan. 7:9
b. Jesus skin. -Dan. 10:6
c. People who idolize false images will go to Hell. -Rev. 21:8
d. Idolatry is a sin! -Ex. 20:4 & -Acts 17:29
Note: Even if you interpret these Scriptures as being a metaphor, it does not justify supporting the traditional image of Jesus being a White male with blue eyes and blond hair. It is best that we no longer support or make any images of Him.
3. Hate (racism and prejudice) is murder! -1 John 3:14-15
VI. OVERCOMING RACISM
1. How Christians can overcome and stop racism.
a. Be born again. –John 3:3-5
b. Speak truth. –Ep.4:15
2. For those who still feel enslaved
a. You are FREED in Christ -Gal. 4
3. Love your brother. 4:7-8