January 9, 2013

Covering up

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 7:19 pm

Genesis 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

I’ve not really thought much about this story before.  It’s something that seems quite amusing at first: Noah, the great man of God, the only one whose family escaped the flood, getting drunk and naked.  It’s certainly proof that no-one is perfect.

But there’s more to it than that.  It’s how his sons respond to the matter that is the important thing.  Ham saw the humour at his father’s expense and went off to tell his brothers how the old man had messed up and made a fool of himself.  Shem and Japheth didn’t even look, they simply did what they could to remove their father’s shame by covering him up.

When I see someone getting things wrong do I try to maximise their shame by telling other people and try to gain some popularity at their expense?  Or do I go out of my way to protect them?  I’d like to think it’s the latter but I’m sure I’m guilty of seizing on bad news about someone else and passing it on.  My response should be to help if I can, and be quiet otherwise.

Lord help me to put others first.


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