In Genesis 9.20-23, we have a story that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention in our Bible classes.
“ Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the
wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of
Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 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.” -Genesis 9:20-23
Maybe the reason we don’t see this side of Noah in our Bible classes, is because we don’t want too. Think about it, we have this picture painted in our mind of a world gone corrupt with only one righteous figure to look to. In situations like that, we often place that type of person on a pedestal, not wanting them to be caught up in any type sin. In this situation, we have the only hope of the world, having his near flawless image…tarnished. Have we forgotten that Noah was flesh and blood just like us? Did we misunderstand and think that he was beyond reproach? In fact, although this story is a tragedy, it reveals to us a hope that reminds us that we cannot be perfect. There was only one of those and that was Jesus!