Noah’s Weakness Common to All
9:20-21 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
It’s pretty amazing how the Bible is so honest concerning the “heroes” of the Bible. Whether it’s Noah, Abraham, Moses, or Paul, their weaknesses are honestly portrayed. Like them, we are living proof that if God was not a gracious God, none of us would be around.
Noah has just lived out one of the most amazing events in human history. You would think if anybody would live in constant awe of God it would be him. He has preached his whole life against the sins of a world that would be judged by the flood. He had been saved along with his family to begin a new way of life under the blessing of God and His will.
However, now that things are settled down and secure, what does he do? He goes and gets drunk. Really drunk. So drunk he’s laid out naked in the sight of his children. Now we don’t know exactly what happened, but something shameful when you consider the rebuke upon Noah’s son, Ham. But what we do know is that even a man such as Noah, described as a righteous man, one who was just and walked with God, wasn’t that way to perfection.
In a way, this honest portrayal of Noah and his flaws is a lesson for us all. It should keep us from putting people upon pedestals and keep those who want to be up on one to instead stay at ground level, a place where we “watch and pray, lest we too fall into the slumber of complacency.”
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Noah and His Sons
18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said:
26 And he said:
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
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