Noah and Magical Music

Kenneth L. Sublett

In Genesis 9:20-24 it is recorded that Ham committed incest with his mother, Mrs. Noah. This act was committed when Noah was drunk and lying naked in his tent. Both Ham and Mrs. Noah were guilty of a perverted sexual act.

Note: To you who do not understand the terms "uncovered" and "the nakedness of his father", I suggest that you study Leviticus chapters 18 and 20. The chapters deal with laws forbidding acts of immorality and the penalties for those who committed any such acts. According to Leviticus 18:8 and 20:11, a man who lay with his father's wife had uncovered his father's nakedness. Read also Deuteronomy 22:30 and 1 Corinthians 5:1.

[See Appendix 6.]

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.

Lev 18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy fathers wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy fathers nakedness.

Lev 20:11 And the man that lieth with his fathers wife hath uncovered his fathers nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Deut 22:30 A man shall not take his fathers wife, nor discover his fathers skirt.

1 Cor 5:1 IT is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his fathers wife.

Thus, we see that both parties manifested the wrong spirit -- a trait that could only come from the Devil himself through the Serpent. Therefore Mrs. Noah was obviously a Cainite or a hybrid. (Certain Jewish writings state that she was a Cainite. Also, in the genealogy of Cain's descendants, a woman by the name of Naamah was mentioned -- Genesis 4:22. In the record of genealogy, women were not mentioned unless they played a part in the history of the people. Was Naamah was the wife of Noah?) And since she was Ham's mother, Ham without controversy must have inherited the genetic traits of the Serpent from her. However, Ham was not a Serpent seed as he was not a Cainite, but a half-breed Sethite. Likewise, Shem and Japheth also possessed the serpentine traits.

see The Sin of Ham Nimrod etc

In many cultures there is a belief that bells and rattles have the power to drive away the demons or bring healing. This is the theme of all musical worship: it was to drive away the demon or "dead hero" or to appease them, and it was to make real physical-spiritual changes in the nature of the worshipper.

In fact the ringing of bells as a "call to worship" is historically performed to drive Satan away and permit the church to worhip in peace. In the same way, many nations ring bells or rattles when a person is dying to give them a "head start" on Satan. The early church fathers describe and condemned funeral music for this very reason.

In the Bible, however, the legitimate use of music was often as a signal that people were beyond redemption and would go into captivity and destruction. We may suffer, in the words of Arlie Hoover, from "chronological snobbery" and fail to understand the educational resources available to the early writers. For instance, if we accept the early date for the writing of the Bible we must also accept that a large library (Babylon, Alexandria, etc) existed of other people's opinion. For instance, the Babylonian epics describe the same history of the Bible perhaps written by flood survivors or those who heard Noah for another 350 years. While the story is often fanciful it nevertheless supports the common Biblical themes.

According to one early writer Noah was told--

Make also the hammer (bell) thereof of the same wood. And the length of the rattle shall be three whole cubits, and its breath one and a half cubit. And God enjoined him to strike the rattles three times every day... And the sons of Cain ran up straighway to him and he warned and alarmed them... But the sons of Cain did not comply with what Noah proclaimed to them." (Fragments from Commentaries, Ante-Nicene, V, p. 197).

The rattle in Greek religion may have begun as a wooden board or a sword beaten over a shield to frighten away the real enemy. When the "dead heros" were worshipped it was common to beat these devices as musical incantation instruments to attract the attention of the gods. Metal shields or plucked bow strings were the earliest musical instruments and carry the military imagery throughout history.

There are many Biblical and secular sources to show that music was both a cause and a sign of a civilization dying because the music had taken the place of God's Word (See Amos 8, Isaiah 5). A Jewish source shows that the adoption of pagan (Greek) music was the passing bell of a decaying society--

Jingling, banging, and rattling accompanied heathen cults, and the frenzying shawms of a dozen ecstatic cries intoxicated the masses. Amid this euphoric farewell feast of a dying civilization, the voices of nonconformists were emerging from places of Jewish and early Christian worship ..." (Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1971 ed., s.v. "Music")

Jesus also makes the "marrying and giving in marriage" parable to complete the circle: the wedding festival (always with music) prevented the wedding party from hearing the approach of danger. The

The pipe was used at the banquet of the Hebrews (Isa. 5:12), and their bridal processions (The Mishna, Baba metsia, 6:1), and accompanied the simpler religious services (I Sa. 10:5). It was customary for even the poorest Israelite, at the death of his wife, to provide at least pipers and one woman to make lamentations. (The Book of Life, Historical Digest, p. 258).

It is perhaps for many paganistic reasons that the trumpet was to warn the Israelites to bow down and shut up during the slaying and burning of animals as their lives departed to prevent the worshipper from dying. After David, the trumpet was suplimented by more and more instruments as the people moved farther away from God--

"According to the Mishna (Arach. 2:3), the pipes sounded before the altar twelve days in the year:--

at the slaying of the First Passover,
the slaying of the Second Passover,
the first feast-day of Passover,
the first feast-day of the Feast of Weeks,
and the eight days of the Feast of Tabernacles."

(The Book of Life, Historical Digest, p. 258).


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