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
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.
Preserve your Saltiness