Sunday, June 20, 2010

Provoking message of the fathers--but still have a blessed day!

Preaching by Pastor Ghandi Olaoye
Genesis 9: 20-28;
Exodus 20:12 (first commandment with a promise)

In this story in Genesis, we learn that Noah drank wine, apparently he over drank and the result was not the prettiest situation. Him being drunk he was in the tent "NAKED". Now do me a favour, lets try to apply this "nakedness" in another sense--walk with me here!. By nakedness this may be related to a
  • state of shame;
  • his weakness in open light, 
  • vulnerability, 
  • a state which a one shouldn't be in. 
In our daily and christian lives, we see, read and hear so much about why we should not drink, there are different perspectives on the issue of alcohol in Christianity but from all sides to the coin, there is a common point we know which is DRUNKENNESS being a sin. We see when it is described as a fruit of the flesh where it also tells us we can't bear both fruits of the flesh and the spirit because they war against themselves, so it goes on to advice that we be of the spirit. Remember this part of the bible in Galatians 5:16-26?

Now where it all gets interesting is when we look at the reaction of Noah's sons in this picture. Ham being the first "saw" Noah's nakedness and decided to go tell the brothers. So in all of this, all he could do was to go and "tell". BUT the brothers reacted differently. How differently you may ask?
In verse 23; "But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father's nakedness".
From this verse we see the conscious effort that they made to not see his nakedness, having to walk backward and all and then sorting Noah out.

In this story, we see that the father messed up, but ham dint honor him by seeing it, doing nothing and then talking about it. In these recent times, we cant deceive ourselves and say all the fathers play their roles, that's a lie, I know it and you know it! But the question is, what do you do about it? Because he messed up or he is messing up does it mean you publicize his mess to the world, your friends, your children ad every and anyone? The blessing of a father is as strong as the curse of a father. In Exodus 20: 12 we read; "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you". We don't see a condition being placed that honour him only when he is a good, right and outstanding father--there is no condition there at all.

Some of us may have gone through hell with our fathers, seen the messed up things he did and probably still doing, we may have looked at him and cursed ourselves for being his child, but no matter what it is this "father" in question is all about, one thing is still clear---he is the father, and its a command, as they say and we read, the first command with a promised attached to it. There is a strong significance of the blessing of your father and also there is a strong significance of the curse of your father, may we not do anything that would warrant the curse of our fathers in Jesus name.

This word helped me to understand one thing and one thing only, that no matter how messed up the fathers may be, they should be honored. So its not about the pain you feel or the anger about your fathers weaknesses but because YOU want long life then you honor them still. Do your part and definitely leave the rest for God to work on. The other brothers COVERED their father's nakedness-his vulnerability, his weakness, his shame(that may be he even brought upon himself). They covered him with their faces turned away-so a choice was made to see it, they made a choice to not dis honor him-DESPITE Noah was the one that messed up. Then no matter how upset you may be at your father, probably for something he failed to do as a father or something he did that he wasn't/isn't supposed to do, the pain, the anger, the bitterness despite it all,honor and respect him, if not for anything so that your days will be long in the land GOD has given you.

Same goes about your spiritual fathers, are you among those who gossip bout your pastors and show their nakedness? Well in my opinion same goes!

So with this, I say

To all the fathers, the ones who have made mistakes, still making mistakes and 
might still make mistakes, we the children of each of you honor you this day 
and wish you a very GLAD and HAPPY father's day. We pray that where 
you have erred that God would help and strengthen you all to be 
better fathers and the best you all can be to us, your children.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Love
Gee
xx

7 comments:

  1. first tym am on dis blog and i alreadi love it!

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  2. preservingthesaltinessJune 20, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    awwww im glad about that and your always welcome nneka.
    :)

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  3. Jeannine JacksonJune 21, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    this is my first time being on this Blog. I loved it, especially this message. It was so inspiring and revealing!!
    I have learnt something here that i would hold on to forever!So help me God!

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  4. preservingthesaltinessJune 21, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    :) im always excited when I get messages like these, I am really glad you picked up something from this word--have a fab week ahead jeannine and dont be a stranger her :)

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  5. I was nodding my head all the way through. He shouldn't have snitched on his Dad like that... It's making me think about how I talk about my Dad in front of other people especially when I'm angry. A very good father's day post.

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  6. preservingthesaltinessJune 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Thank you very much, when I heard the message too yesterday at church I was really touched, because the pastor kept on stressing bout how no matter what the fathers may have done honoring and respecting them is still our duty--and then to round it up was the promise that came with it.--i was very touched by this yesterday--Glad u were too!

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  7. i've probably - ok i've def "reported" my dad to friends in the past (but u kno how it can't always be smooth sailing nau lol) but yea - me n daddy dearest r good now so yaaay thank God. the last bit bou spiritual fathers being included though made me think. thankfully i haven't had a chance (and in Jesus' name never wud) to be displeased with like any of my Pastors n wotnot but its always a good lesson to learn now n practice later or pass on! :)

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