Genesis 9:18–29 (ESV)
18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole
earth were dispersed.
20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered
in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and
walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,
25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;
let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
Noah may have won favor with God and his family was saved through the washing away the sin of the world, but Noah was still a sinner. He is like you and me. We
see Noah slip in his walk when he plants a vineyard and gets drunk. He passes out in his tent… naked. We all have slipped in our walk and we are all sinners. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Noah’s sinful drunkenness
results in more sinful behavior and tragic consequences for one of his sons. God’s faithful people, past and present, are never free from temptations that often lead them to sin, at times with adverse consequences for generations. The biblical heroes
were sinful men and women who lived by faith in the forgiveness of sins. God has been faithful to His promises and has provided forgiveness of sins and everlasting life through the salvation gained by His Son.”
I pray: Thank You, O Lord, for the warning that accompanies the encouragement that You have given us through Your servant Noah. Amen.