Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sad Note!

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.
Genesis 9:18-23, NKJV

Sad Note!

We end Genesis 9 on a sad note. Is that not the way it is even in our day? It did not take very long after Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth left the ark for sin to rear its ugly head. 

After leaving the ark, Noah became a farmer. When you consider that he was in what was almost like a new world, it was a logical profession for him to choose. No modern advancements existed--the only tools they possessed were whatever they had taken with them on the ark.

We are told that Noah became drunk with wine and was uncovered in his tent. Upon seeing his father's nakedness, Ham told his brothers. Shem and Japheth then took a garment, laid it on their shoulders, and went backward and covered their father.

There is so much here that is not said, however, we are not going to add anything to this story. What Ham did was a great disgrace to his father, and he and his descendants suffered for it. When Noah awoke and discovered what had happened he pronounced a curse upon Ham (Canaan was the son of Ham). By pronouncing the curse upon Ham's son, we are to understand that this curse followed Ham's family from generation to generation.
 
“Cursed be Canaan;
A servant of servants
He shall be to his brethren.”

Noah then pronounced a blessing upon Shem and Japheth.

“Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Shem,
And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;
And may Canaan be his servant.”

We are living literally thousands of years after this event, and yet we still see the results of this curse on Ham and Canaan and the blessing given to Shem and Japheth.

Genesis 9 ends with this conclusion of Noah's life.

28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

When we come to the next chapter of Genesis we will find a summary of the descendants of Noah.

Why do you think God chose to put this sad note in His Holy Word? Of course we cannot know the mind of God, but perhaps God was showing us that Noah, though a righteous man before God, was not perfect. 

We, as children of God, will continue to wrestle with our own sin all of the days of our lives upon this earth. One of the great blessings of heaven will be the fact that we will be released from our sin natures forever! What a great day that will be!

Genesis, the book of beginnings, has so much to teach us about life today in the 21st century. May we learn to love and serve this wondrous God who so faithfully provided for His people. May we understand that this is the same God we serve today. Go, today, and live faithfully for God, alone!

God Bless You,
Linda
 


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