The sin and shame of Noah


Noah, was known to be a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), one who was found just and perfect in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:8-9) before the flood. But after the flood there was an incident that took place that shamed Noah. This is recorded in Genesis 9:20-21 which reads that Noah being a farmer (husbandman), planted a vineyard and drank of the wine, so much so, that he got drunk and uncovered (lay naked) in his tent.

While it may seem on the surface that the sin of Noah that shamed him was that he got drunk, the real sin of Noah was that he did not have self-control (fruit of the Spirit). He got intoxicated by the very produce of his land that he worked on.

Point to ponder:
When the fruit of our labor is consumed by us without self control, we give grounds for us to be uncovered and shamed. The lack of self-control is indicative that we are yielding to the flesh instead of the Holy Spirit of God, so much so, that we get drunk and exposed, even if it is in the privacy of our tents (homes).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I pray that I will yield to the Holy Spirit of God and not to my flesh. Let me never lose self-control and be intoxicated with the pleasures of this world or the fruit of my labor, bringing shame not only to myself but to you as well. Lord, be in control of my life!

Genesis 9:20-21 (KJV)
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV [NLT])
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance [self-control]: against such there is no law.

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