Why Didn’t the Ancient Egyptians Worship God?

Genealogy of Noah's son, Ham

Dear Pastor Andy, if the Egyptians of the Old Kingdom were the immediate descendants of Noah, then why did the Ancient Egyptians not worship God?

My Reply: I think this a good example of what happens when, either:

  1. A leader neither knows God himself nor introduces others to God
  2. When God is neither introduced nor taught to next generations, even by those who knew  (and/or experienced) God
  3. When people fall away from God and try to live/understand life without Him (they then make up their own gods)
  4. When people (or culture) just choose to have nothing to do with God
  5. When God does something and people misunderstand His works with that of people…then pride settles in and people begin to follow the person instead of God
  6. When a government or leader is a control-freak and/or wants the control and attention that ones would normally give to God

We can probably think of some others, but either way, if you will notice, all of these examples happened to the Israelites all throughout the Old Testament, also by the Jewish leaders in the time of Jesus, throughout history among other nations, and even today with people everywhere.

Another interesting point is, if you look at my genealogy chart above, that Ham’s 3 (of 4) sons, Egypt, Cush, and Canaan, all bore children who would develop lands that worshiped other gods. For instance:

  • Egypt: Pharaoh claimed himself a god, they also later had other gods (animal heads, etc.), and a really messed up understanding about death and the afterlife. also says that the Philistines, the ones who battled against Israel in King David’s time (and today are understood to have come over from Greece) also worshiped their false god Dargon, and were descendants of Egypt).
  • Canaan: Canaan was also the name of the land that God promised to Abraham, where He (God) would later lead the Israelites to, from Egypt. All throughout the Scripture, we read about the Canaan gods, their Baals, and all their evil, ungodly religious practices. So much to the point where God commanded His people, the Israelites, to carry out His judgment upon them, take over their land, wipe out anything and everything that existed beforehand, and consider it their own. (So God rescued His people from Ham’s eldest son’s land and brought them to his youngest son’s land, also the son who Noah cursed for Ham’s actions).
  • Cush: We hear good things about Cush’s son, Nimrod. Funny name, and I’m sure h’d be teased for it today, but the Bible says he was “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” (Genesis 10:9). However, the centers of his kingdom that he built include Babylon, Uruk, Akkad, and Kalneh. From there, he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, and Resen, which is between Nineveh and the great city, Calah. Now remember, Nineveh was the city where God sent the prophet Jonah in order to save them from destruction, due to all their evil. But Jonah hesitated because of all the evil they had done to Israel. Then Babylon, a city built on the belief of their king being a god, was the great nation that wiped out and took over all of the Middle East, including Egypt, and from where we know the names “King Nebuchadnezzar” and “Daniel”.

So there was definitely something wrong with the way that Ham brought up his children, no doubt fulfilling several options in the original list above (however, all part of God’s plan for salvation to His people then, and also later (and now) for all who would accept it freely through His Son/Messiah, Jesus Christ).

—Pastor Andy G.

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  1. 2 Peter 3:3-4–“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created’.” Yeah, Nimrod would be teased for his funny name today, but Christians are being teased/mocked/laughed at for several reasons, and I believe this is indeed a prophetic sign of the times that we are in “the last days”, so may Jesus come again soon!

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