Pastor Tim Romero
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Genesis 9:20–23 (ESV): "20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness."
When times are good we have to make sure not to let our guard down. Sin is always creeping at the door thus we must be vigilant and watchful lest we fall into temptation like Noah did.
God had blessed Noah and his family making all living creatures subject to them, giving them dominion over everything. They could eat the animals but they must not eat flesh with blood for it is the symbol of life. Anyone who sheds the blood of man God will require his life, for life is sacred. The survivors of the flood were to be fruitful and multiply.
Noah planted a garden and was successful at growing many things including a vineyard. He drank from the fruit of the vine and after getting drunk committed some sort of sexual act. His nakedness wasn't just exposure but active engagement in sexual immorality. His son Ham saw it or even perhaps was involved in this sin and he laughed about it. Sin is not joke folks. Ham was cursed because of this. Shem and Japheth dealt with the sin of Noah gracefully. They covered their father in his moment of failure.
When we see others sinning what is our response? Do we mock them or cover them? Are we giddy or broken for them? The Bible reminds us in Galatians 6:1-2 "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Let us not mock others or gossip about them. Let us step in and help restore them. We must also guard ourselves lest we too fall. Sin destroys lives. Don't ever let your guard down Christian no matter how great your life is going. It is waiting for a vulnerable moment to attack. Stay suited up and ready for battle for you never know when the enemy will attack. And if you see someone struggling come along side them and help them!
Father we thank You for covering our sin and shame with the blood of Your Son. In His precious blood alone is eternal life. Protect us from our weaknesses and strengthen us so we can stand firm in the faith. Forgive us for our iniquities and transgressions and help us to be gracious with one another. May we rightly represent Your attitude towards sin and sinners we pray in Jesus name, amen!