Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's Wrong with Ham? - Devotion on Genesis 9

Seriously, drunk people are funny. They do silly things. And it wasn't like Ham was the one getting drunk - it was his old man - so why is Ham the one getting the bad rap here?

Let's answer that question with a question. Has anyone ever taken advantage of you when you were in need? Maybe you were vulnerable and someone saw your moment of weakness as an opportunity to get something for themselves, rather than giving you support.

Has anyone ever spread word of your mistakes?

That's what Ham did. 1) He didn't help Noah when he saw him in need. 2) He saw Noah's mistake and spread the word about it for his own amusement.

Rather than showing grace to his father, he left him as he was and then exposed his mistake needlessly to his brothers.

Let us not be like Ham. When we see someone who has made a mistake, let's not further shame them by telling others about it. Instead, let us quietly help them correct the mistake as Shem and Japheth did for their father. We are called to be full of grace, helping one another, not taking joy in another's downfall or spreading gossip about it.

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