Anyway, Abram obeys and journeys to Canaan. Abram arrives and settles there with the
Canaanites (the cursed people) in the same land.
At this point, we have two sets of people living in the land of Canaan:
The cursed Canaanites and the blessed offspring of Shem.
For further understanding of this developing story, let us consider what God tells Abram in
12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came
over him. 13Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your
descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and
mistreated there. 14But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come
out with great possessions. 15You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a
good old age. 16In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the
Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
Abram receives from God, information regarding the future of his descendants.
Abram is told his descendants who are of the blessed lineage of Shem are going to become slaves
in a foreign land for four generations. (Slavery for Shem’s offspring? Is that not a curse which
belonged to the Canaanites?)
God also tells Abram that after liberation from slavery, his descendants will return to Canaan until
the sin of the Amorites reaches its full measure.
Who are the Amorites?
What is this sin of the Amorites which has not yet reached its full measure?
Before we delve into the Amorites, let us consider how Abram’s descendants who by all accounts
are supposed to be blessed, will eventually become slaves.
The reason Abram’s descendants were destined for slavery was because it appears someone
deceived them into thinking they were Canaanites, just because they lived in the land of Canaan.
Abram’s descendants who were supposed to be free and blessed were somehow going to be
mysteriously misled just because they lived in the land of Canaan into believing they were the
cursed descendants of Canaan instead of the exalted children of Shem.
Who could this mysterious deceiver be who and misleads the blessed children of Abram into
believing they are a cursed people?