Starting over was difficult. The overwhelming nature of the destruction of life, the reset of everything–must have been overwhelming for Noah, and for his sons. But, clearly after settling in, there were clear signs that all the sons would not see the world through the same eyes. Ham, like the men before him had an eye that searched for evil. When he found his father drunk and naked, Ham dad not care to assist or protect his dad; he–only look for ways to expose and embarrass him.
His brothers, however, chose to do neither. Respectfully, they covered his body and refused to embarrass or judge him. Noah’s dignity and frailty was to remain an issue between him and God. That is why, Noah cursed Ham and his lineage–he saw they would model the people destroyed by the flood–seeking evil and self–over all. Shem and Japheth, conversely, honored God and their father–they were selfless and protecting. So would be the attitude of their descendants.
In current culture, we see the same attitudes prevail. Most men strive for self–often, to the expense of all others with whom they come into contact. They are truly heinous in word and deed. It is not that they commit one bad act–it is,that their every thought and action is self-centered, and they possess little care for the welfare of others. Sadly, when people emerge whose hearts are still focused upon God, this culture minimizes and exploits them.
The Bible is full of brave and selfless men and women whose lives made a tremendous difference in the world. While their hearts remained pure, their courage and actions met all challenges and won the day. We need to have the same courage and discernment as did those that have gone before–we need to Love the brothers, fear God, and honor the King! (I Peter 2:17)
God Bless You
The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.