Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
The man who got drunk and lay naked is none other than Noah, the ark builder, the best man on earth at that time.
After Adam and Eve's fall from grace, public nakedness became shameful. Jesus took that shame upon a cross, but Jesus had not yet come. His ancestor, Noah, lay naked, vulnerable, and uncovered, presenting those around him with choices of how to respond to Noah's shame.
'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 9:23).
God tells us that 'Love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8). Therein did Shem and Japheth love Noah properly. But Ham, their little brother, not only looked at their father's sin, but ran to tell about it. Upon awakening, Noah blessed Shem and Japheth, but he cursed Ham's son, Canaan.
The generational result? From Shem came King David and Jesus Christ. From Canaan came the 'Curse of Canaan:' a vast race of idol-worshippers that would one day be destroyed by Joshua and the Israelites.
We are all 'Uncovered and laid bare before' God (see Hebrews 4:13) Therefore, we dare not gossip to expose the sins of others, knowing this: God will expose ours. 'I will show the nations your nakedness' (Nahum 3:5). When we witness a naked, awkward, or shameful goof, let us not run to tell about it, but instead run to give covering and help, as we would want, as God commands.
'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me... Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me' (Matthew 35- 36,40).
Don't look upon the shame of others. Don't talk about it. Cover it, and God will cover you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Nakedness series.