Genesis 9:18-21 – You reap what you sow

18And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

 19These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

(More about that in chapter 10)

 20And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

 21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

 

Noah becomes drunk and he is lying in his tent uncovered.

The original language seems to tell us that this “nakedness” is related to some kind of immorality on his part and this same word is used a number of times to denote some kind of “showing, or looking upon”

Exodus 20 

25And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

 26Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Leviticus 18

6None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

 7The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 8The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

 9The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

 10The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

 11The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 12Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.

 13Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman.

 14Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

 15Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son’s wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 16Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.

 17Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

 18Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

 19Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

 20Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.

Leviticus 20

 11And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

 12And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.

 13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

 14And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

 15And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

 16And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

 17And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.

 18And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

 19And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.

 20And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.

 21And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

Some think that he acted wrongly in some way towards another person but it seems that perhaps he was just uncovered. Perhaps the best lesson that we can learn from this story is that we are always being watched, especially when we have children and when we don’t act properly we open the door for our children to follow suit. Noah had been called by God to enter into the boat, he had been called by God to enter into salvation and his house followed. Many times in Scripture, it speaks of the husband, the leader of the house being saved, and then his whole household.

Acts 16

22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

 25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

 27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

 29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

 30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

 33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

 34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house

Noah was reaping something that he had sewn and he reaped this one awfully quick. You see, he had made some wine and now he was in a drunken state. He had taken his place of nobility and caused his children to in a sense loose respect for him and God by their actions. He had actually caused his sons to sin by his own actions

Why??

Folklore states that Noah went into business with Satan:

The Legends of the Jews

By Louis Ginzberg

[1909]

Volume I: From the Creation to Jacob

Chapter IV: Noah

THE CURSE OF DRUNKENNESS

“Noah lost his epithet “the pious” when he began to occupy himself with the growing of the vine. He became a “man of the ground,” and this first attempt to produce wine at the same time produced the first to drink to excess, the first to utter curses upon his associates, and the first to introduce slavery. This is the way it all came about. Noah found the vine which Adam had taken with him from Paradise, when he was driven forth. He tasted the grapes upon it, and, finding them palatable, he resolved to plant the vine and tend it. On the selfsame day on which he planted it, it bore fruit, he put it in the wine-press, drew off the juice, drank it, became drunken, and was dishonored–all on one day. His assistant in the work of cultivating the vine was Satan, who had happened along at the very moment when he was engaged in planting the slip he had found. Satan asked him: “What is it thou art planting here?”

Noah: “A vineyard.”

Satan: “And what may be the qualities of what it produces?”

Noah: “The fruit it bears is sweet, be it dry or moist. It yields wine that rejoiceth the heart of man.”

Satan: “Let us go into partnership in this business of planting a vineyard.”

Noah: “Agreed!”

Satan thereupon slaughtered a lamb, and then, in succession, a lion, a pig, and a monkey. The blood of each as it was killed he made to flow under the vine. Thus he conveyed to Noah what the qualities of wine are: before man drinks of it, he is innocent as a lamb; if he drinks of it moderately, he feels as strong as a lion; if he drinks more of it than he can bear, he resembles the pig; and if he drinks to the point of intoxication, then he behaves like a monkey, he dances around, sings, talks obscenely, and knows not what he is doing.

This deterred Noah no more than did the example of Adam, whose fall had also been due to wine, for the forbidden fruit had been the grape, with which he had made himself drunk.”

(Louis Ginzberg, 1909)

The issue for mankind comes down to leadership.

Because where you lead, dads, your children will always follow. If you act like you want too, and you live a worldly life; don’t be surprised if you have worldly children. They are like little tape recorders, and they soak up everything you do and say. So if you want future hell raisers and drinkers when they grow up, keep living it up and it will show.

This happens even when you don’t think anyone is looking. I think this is a prime example of what Paul says

Galatians 6

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

But if you want them to be godly, if you want them to be saved, then act like God wants you too. Live life like you should, be a good godly example and your kids will follow.

You don’t have to be an excellent teacher of the Word.

You don’t have to come up with illustrations and dynamic devotions to keep your children loving the Lord and interested in Him.

All you need to do is teach by living. If you want your children to love God, then you love Him in front of them. If you want your children to pray to God, then let them see you pray. If you want them to trust in God, then you trust in Him. Believe in Him, look too Him, rely completely upon Him and trust me, they will follow.

If you want them to go to Church, then you go. You want them to go to Sunday School, then get up early and take them.

Of course they are children so there will be times of trouble. They might fall away or rebel for a season but when you have lived it in front of them, when the Word is ingrained inside them and they will be drawn back eventually.

Pray for them, live in front of them, and let Jesus lead them through you.

Because where you go they are surely to follow

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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