Mankind is rebellious.
“ And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5). He will continue to be so until one of two events occur. Either the individual rebel is born again “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”( John 3:3). or they are called into judgment, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). The rebellious individual builds a world that is in rebellion to God. Today, the redeemed individual builds the church.
Noah, his wife, their three sons and their three sons families step off the ark into a new world. At God’s command they start a new civilization. “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Genesis 9:1). That civilization is comprised of two groups of individuals: the obedient and the disobedient.
God’s command to the family of Noah was simple, ” And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” Genesis 9:1. He also gave them simple statutes to follow and a promise to believe in, see Genesis 9:2-17.
God command the family to “Go” and they did. But they did not obey.
But, two generations after the flood, wickedness manifested itself in the fullest terms. “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.” Genesis 10:6-8. Ham stepped off the ark. He was there when his father built the ark, when the rains came, he rode in the ark while the world was destroyed and he walked off the ark when the waters receded. It is an understatement to say he had “first hand knowledge”.
We do not know when Cush was born, whereas there is not a definitive statement from scripture. We do know that the three sons had wives (Genesis 6:18, 7:7, 7:13), but there is no mention of children. It is conjecture, but assuming that Ham, as well as Shem and Japeth, told their children about the flood is a reasonable thing. How could they not tell them? How would they explain a world were the only other people on the face of the earth were immediate family members? How could they explain the only other forms of life came with them on the ark?
Each of the three sons went forth but not until the judgment in Genesis 11. Remember, the style of writing where the effect of the action is presented first, then the action itself. Genesis 10:6 tells of the Japeth and his sons, “By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
Genesis 10:20 “These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.” Genesis 10:31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.” As they dispersed, they carried the posion of Nimrod with them.
The pervasive nature of sin is so powerful and the devil so deceptive that two generations after the flood, man has rebelled to the point of complete apostasy led by Nimrod. Shem begat Cush, and Cush begat Nimrod. Did Nimrod not know of the flood, or was he deceived into believing a lie? Jesus said of the devil, ” When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44). Whether Nimrod knew of the great flood and the God of the great flood does not matter. It is the result of his disobedience that we deal with today.