In Genesis 9: 20- 25, (And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.), I saw a situation that is most regrettable and to which I declare ‘Not my Portion in Jesus Name’
In Genesis 6: 8 – 9. We see Noah, a man who found grace in the sight of the Lord. He was a man who was just, perfect and above all, walked with God. He was set apart, divinely noticed and selected to be saved when all other men were deservingly doomed.
Noah’s family was a godly family. He had an obedient and submissive wife. He had the most obedient and loyal of children. How do I know…? It’s easy to deduce. Of course, none of them would have believed in him or his revelation from God or helped him to build the ark for and definitely, none of them would have followed him into the ark. The fact that she stayed with her husband and they were one with their father through it all was a sure sign that Noah had a highly functional family life. They endured the trial of living afloat with animals for as long as it took and finally, God’s promise held through as they were released to begin to populate and subdue the earth again.
Now one would expect that sin had been wiped out forever. One would expect that their righteousness and holiness and walk with God would endure forever. One would have expected that theirs would have become a generational legacy of perfection but alas, the enemy showed up. This time it was not through the woman. It was not through a forbidden fruit. Sin was reintroduced through ‘Mr. Perfect himself’ through the product of the vine.
Noah got so drunk that he became naked in his own chambers and the descendants of His second son, Ham became the victim. Whether out of immaturity or arrogance or sheer disrespect, Ham saw his father’s nakedness and made slight of it but Shem and Japheth felt otherwise and covered up their father. The end of the story was clear- Ham got the curse but Shem and Japheth got the blessing from their father.
Who are we to blame? The devil? Noah, for getting stupendously drunk or Ham, for seeing and making fun of his father?
I won’t blame the devil. How can you blame him for being himself?
You see, I do not praise Ham. In fact I blame him; not for seeing his father’s nakedness but for making fun of it. He lost his respect for his father just because his father cover had been compromised.
Young people, no matter how non-Y2K compliant your parents may be, no matter how old school they are and in fact, no matter how TRULY despicable they may be, you better beware of the temptation to look down on them. Even if they do not curse you, you are in danger of activating a curse on yourself. Honoring your parents is a command from the Lord and nothing, indeed, no misbehavior on your parents’ part excuses you from it. Of course honoring them does not include obeying them if they ask you to do wrong or go against what the bible teaches.
They do not have to become new school. If you are now new school, then they are too. After all, your new school status came out of the efforts of their old school status. That they even gave birth to you and did not abort you is a good effort already. Beware. Yes! Beware of calling them names among your peers. It is as dangerous to disrespect them openly or secretly. Jesus says in Mt 15:8 “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me”. They may not know that you have no regard for them but God does and your reward comes not from your parents but God. Even if your parents are deceived and will all their wealth to you, without the Lord’s blessing, they will develop wings and fly away. Not your portion in Jesus name.
Parents, be careful how you tempt your children into acting wrongly. Paul writes in Ephesians 6: 4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. If Noah had behaved himself, perhaps, just perhaps, Ham would not have been lured into misbehaving. As a parent, I have a desire and arduously work towards maintaining a very high level standard of conduct. The bible says that I should be “an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1Ti 4:12). Jesus Himself declares in John 13:15, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you”. In other words, there is a way God expects me to behave and He has shown me how I should. It is revealed in his word. My children must notice that I love respect and cherish my wife, bestowing on her all that I am and have. They must see love in the way I treat them, even when I have to scold or spank at them. They must see how I serve God and people. If they don’t, I am laying for them a foundation that is faulty. Not my portion!
Wives must be careful to submit to ‘their own husbands.’ Comparing your husband to other men won’t help. It could lure you into adultery. Don’t tell your daughters how bad all men are or how that you regret to have married their father. They will begin to suspect even the most godly and serious of suitors. Do not prepare your children for a failed marriage. Not your portion!
Above all, I must be very, very careful not to use my mouth to curse my own children. They are my inheritance from the Lord. They are God’s good gift to me. I cannot afford to curse them so I make up my mind to bless them; to be patient with them; to forgive them; to pray with and for them until I see God’s will enforced in their lives. Under God, I stand to declare that the day that I will get so infuriated as to curse my own children will never break in Jesus name.
For any of my seed to be accursed under any circumstance, I say NOT MY PORTION for according to Isaiah 65:23, I “shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them”.
It is well with you and your family in the name of Jesus.