This part of chapter 9 talks about the story of Noah’s sons and the first settlement. So Noah becomes a farmer and at some point gets drunk off the harvest of the vineyard he made. And so he dozed off to sleep, commando style, lol Ham, I assume was the second son of Noah (Since they were normally mentioned in genealogical order). Ham saw his fathers nakedness, which in those times would have been a huge no no, but rather than covering his father he went to tell his other brothers what he saw.
Here is where it could get complicated if not really understood. One could say, well Ham didn’t do anything wrong by telling his brothers that he saw their dad naked. Well, yes and no. In our day, as in today, seeing someone naked is not a big deal (See how far we’ve come haha), but back then, it was the equivalent of exposing your parents intimate and most personal secret that no one else was meant to know. So okay, lets say hypothetically you found out about your parents deepest personal secret by accident, but do you spread the gist, on your own parent?
This is where Ham fell down. Not only did he not turn away at the scene of something so private, but he exposed it which would have further put his father to shame. Lets face it, no one is perfect, not even Noah (And that tells us a lot about how loving God is, to have called Noah righteous even though he wasn’t even perfect) and it wouldn’t be funny if your own child outed you.
Sadly in all this mess, guess who bore the consequences of Ham’s actions. His son Canaan.
‘Cursed be Canaan A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren’. (verse 25)
Many times we don’t realize, but in the same way a persons righteousness can bless their generations, even to 1000 generations after them, one mans folly can curse generations as far as that too. Many people live under curses that they don’t even realize. But thank God for the blood of Jesus which sets the oppressed free, even the lawful captive.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Job 22:30 He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.
We live in a society where it’s acceptable to dish out someone’s dirty laundry, especially if they offend us. But it’s no different to when Ham outed his father’s nakedness. We are meant to be our ‘brother’s keeper’. and the truth is, doing the right thing doesn’t always come with the feeling to do so, but we all have a choice, and what we choose today will affect our tomorrow inevitably. True character and integrity that warrants our blessings, and much importantly, the blessings of our posterity, come when we do the right thing based on God’s word; display a higher way of thinking and relating with others that shows we are not bound to our fleeting emotions (Emotions are temporary for sure). Don’t expose someones dirty laundry for any malicious reason especially when the power to do so is in your hand. That’s called mercy. And God said…
James 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.(Amplified translation) Matthew 5:7 Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (Amplified translation)
Jesus thank you for always showing me a higher perspective, and reminding me of how important it is to endeavour to do right by Your word, especially because it comes with a blessing for me and my posterity. You know how I have so thought to expose someone who I believe deserved it, and my reasoning was even validated by a conversation on The Real Daytime television, (how sad, yes lord I know, lol), but Your word so washes my heart clean, and fills me with life, air, light and strength. Your Word has more power than the words that appear on the page, Your word resurrects, resurrects lost courage, and vision. I’m so grateful you encouraged me today, I really wasn’t ‘feeling’ it today. But I’m grateful. And I will say again and again, it’s because of Your consistent love I can keep running to You every day. Thanks for Your patience, I know I sometimes take fellowship with you for granted, It’s unbelievable to be honest, thank you for waiting for me to grow, and loving me in the process. Let Your will be done today, let your heart smile brightly, and I pray this prayer will be a soothing aroma to You. I’m glad You never gave up on mankind. soon it will be all said and done, I love You Lord, strengthen Your people in vision, in obedience, in communion with each other and You, de-tangle us from the materialistic ways of this life, help us come up higher and truly be Your hands and feet on this earth, in Jesus name. Amen