24 When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done.25 Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham:
May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.”
and may Canaan be his servant!
27 May God expand the territory of Japheth!
May Japheth share the prosperity of Shem,[a]
and may Canaan be his servant.”
The flood was over. Sin had been washed from the face of the Earth. It was a new start. A new beginning. A chance to redo. Yet...it was not.
We cannot drown sin. Sin is what separates from God and it can't be drowned away. It is a debt that requires payment. It is a debt that we can never repay. I often read stories from the Storybook Bible in my Grade 1 class. I like the way the author shares Noah's story. I found this video that speaks the words from the book:
God knew this was only a temporary fix. All but a bandaid on a huge problem. Don't you sometimes wonder why, when God knew the outcome, He would even attempt to clear the sin from humanity in such a way? Sometimes things just don't make sense to us. Even the above passage when Ham sees his Father naked and then gets cursed. Doesn't seem to make sense but MacArthur explains:
Sin is sin. Doesn't matter how big or how small. The curse of sin is more than we can bear...alone. The story did not end with Noah. It did not end with the flood. The curse of sin lives on. God had a plan...a rescue plan that would work and would pay the debt we could not pay ourselves. It would cover our shame.
Adam knew the shame of nakedness. As soon as he sinned, it hit him that he was naked, and Eve was naked.Genesis 3:7, "They quickly sewed leaves together to cover themselves". Why? Because all of a sudden when they saw their nakedness, they had thoughts they never had before; perverse, perverted, twisted, strange sexual thoughts and feelings they've never felt. And the purity was immediately replaced by impurity and beauty was replaced by ugliness, and so they made clothes to cover up those things that were stimulating those ugly thoughts. And civilized people have continued doing it. Civilized people have always, always worn clothes to safeguard as much as possible what is a pure relationship. Clothes cover shame, and they protect purity. Nakedness leads to wickedness. Nakedness leads to vice. Every imaginable and unimaginable kind. Nudists, primitive people, exhibitionists, pornographers, they all advocate nakedness as if it was a virtue. They would like us to believe that it's the truest and purest expression of humanness. But it's not. There is a shame in a fallen creature that wants to protect himself from impure thoughts, and protect others from impure thoughts and from Adam on, everybody has known who understands shame, the value of the covering.
There is only one covering for sin. Romans 6:23 says:
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Two things strike you in that text; one at the beginning and one at the end. The first is sin, and the last is death. And isn't that really the point. Sin survived the flood, and so did death. And the very first recorded post-flood event in Scripture is the story of sin in Noah's family. There are only eight humans on the planet. And the first recorded account of their life in the new world, after having experienced an unimaginable judgment of God for sin, the first recorded event is sin. Which tells us that no matter how hard they may have tried to control their lives, they were fallen people.
They were fallen people.
Naked. Exposed. Shameful.
We are fallen people separated from God.
But we have hope.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Genesis 10