Cover It Up

Genesis 9:21
“Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.”

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/b9a/30989304/files/2015/01/img_1295.jpgOnce the waters had resided and the ark settled, Noah and his family exited the ark to begin a new life. They would have to survey the land, build shelter, plant crops, and much more. It is interesting to me, of all the events that must have transpired, the Scriptures only focus upon a few. We read in Genesis 8, Noah offered sacrifice to the Lord. We can assume, after all he experienced, he was still a very godly man. We read in Chapter 9,  a covenant between God and man was re-established, based upon the shedding of blood. When we come to the story before us, having settled in the new world with his new life, we find Noah indulging in wine and becoming fall-down drunk. As we continue through the Bible, we will see clearly that drunkenness is both foolish and forbidden. In our text, it is not the sin of Noah that is the focus of our attention, but the sin of his son, Ham.

It seems Noah had so much to drink he passed out naked in his tent. Whether his son was looking to find error in his father, or he just stumbled upon him, we are not told. We do know, Ham found his naked father, and went off to tell anyone who would listen. The reaction of his two brothers is quite heroic. Instead of mocking, condemning, or making a spectacle of their father, they simply cover him up. In so doing, they are covering up his failure. The next morning, when Noah awakens, he realizes what has happened and speaks prophetically concerning his sons. A curse is promised to Ham, while blessing is promised to Shem and Japheth.

Proverbs 10:12
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

This story teaches us an important truth about dealing with sin. First, we learn that even the godliest of men can stumble. Second, we find it is not our responsibility to broadcast the sins of others, but to help them overcome sin. The actions of Ham did nothing more than ridicule the failure of his father, while Shem and Japheth work toward restoration. They did not condone the sin of their father, but sought to restore his dignity that he might get back to following the Lord.

Pastor Jim


3 thoughts on “Cover It Up

  1. mwd1991 January 5, 2022 / 10:18 am

    Is exposing sin ever the best way to help someone overcome it..? Unfortunately… I learned in my last relationship that I am far from being a gifted teacher. When I taught her to ride a bicycle, she was crying. When I taught her how to ice skate, she was crying. Etc. The problem is… she learned; something that none before me had ever accomplished.

    Also, under the assumption that God allows bad things to happen to us so that we learn, why aren’t we allowed to use pain to teach others as well? Can inflicting pain with good intention be a way of showing love?

    Kinda reminds me of my recent situation…


    • mwd1991 January 5, 2022 / 5:32 pm

      On the other end of the spectrum… Perhaps some things are better left in Gods hands… I lived with an alcoholic the year following my breakup. No matter how hard I tried to help, by “covering up” her sin, I found that I was simply enabling her to continue in her drunkenness. Exposing his father may have served as the wake-up call Noah needed to give up alcohol, but perhaps simply waking up naked would’ve been enough for God to do a work in his life. It’s hard to say.


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