Friday, October 13th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 5)
After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.
Genesis 9:20-23 (NLT)
In the timeline between Seth and Noah, earth became increasingly evil--so much that God decided to clean house. He chose one good man and his family to look like fools building a massive boat nowhere near a massive breadth of water. Pretty soon, the scoffers were washed away.
God re-set the human race through Noah, a husband, father and new leading man, who lived an exceptionally long life. Surely if the Lord deemed Noah worthy, he possessed more virtues than we can know.
Yet God shares one embarrassing moment: a time when Noah got drunk and naked.* His three sons' reactions (both right and wrong) set the pattern for the rest of their lives, and by result, many other lives, too.
Although God's Word doesn't condemn Noah, God shows His new first man wasn't perfect. So why was his imperfection noted?
1) God hates 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5, KJV) attitudes. Surely only One Bible Hero (Christ) can claim holy superiority.
2) Even the best of people make mistakes.** Only the worst watchers ridicule them. Noah's indiscreet son paid a high price.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Why did Noah get drunk after the flood? https://www.gotquestions.org/Noah-drunk.html
** Except Jesus. In His case only, it is true.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.