What does the Bible say about wine:
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray is not wise. Wine is a traitor. Wine sparkles in the glass, and goes down smoothly, in the end it bites like a serpent.
Today’s post we will see the effect that wine had on Noah who was a righteous man – he was a blameless among the people of his time, who walked faithfully with God. Noah and his family of eight had just survived the major flood that destroyed the entire earth. The Bible says, Noah was a farmer, he was the first man to plant a vineyard – so you would think he had the art and the know how of consuming wine, and the self control to drink responsibly. But yet, he failed at what was his own game.
Here is how the story goes:
“Noah, who was a farmer, was the first man to plant a vineyard. After he drank some of the wine, he became drunk, took off his clothes, and lay naked in his tent.
When Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked, he went out and told his two brothers.
Then Shem and Japheth took a robe and held it behind them on their shoulders. They walked backward into the tent and covered their father, keeping their faces turned away so as not to see him naked.
When Noah sobered up and learned what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “A curse on Canaan! He will be a slave to his brothers.”
Genesis 9:20-25 GNTD
Sequence of the day:
- Noah is drunk with wine – lying down naked in his tent
- One son saw him naked – went out and told his two brothers
- The two other brothers took a robe – walk backwards and covered their father’s nakedness
- Noah sobers up the next day – heard what his son did and pronounced a curse on his generation
Why did Noah curse Ham the father of Canaan making him a slave to his brothers? Ham didn’t cover his father’s nakedness, but looked at the mess his father was in and went outside and reported it to his brothers. He didn’t do the right thing. The sins of the father goes to the third and fourth generation. Sin always comes with consequences.
Noah’s three sons responses:
- Ham exposed his father’s nakedness to his brothers instead of covering his father
- Shem and Japheth walked backwards into the tent and covered the father, keeping their faces turned away so as not to see his nakedness
🙏🏾 Soul searching: How do we react to other people’s sins and short comings?
How we respond when we hear about the sins of others, is critical to them receiving healing and forgiveness. It’s easier for someone to seek forgiveness if they know you didn’t publicize their faults. Love covers a multitude of sins. It is said that we make great defence lawyers when we sin, but we become judge and jury to other people’s sins.
My confession is:
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.
But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.
Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 MSG