Even godly people sin. Who are we to walk around all high and mighty? So full of ourselves that we forget the pain, we forget where we came from, we so easily forget the sin that entangles us. So we judge others to the point of mocking them for their own shortcomings and downfalls. Hey! I am preaching to myself here! Are you hiding the nakedness of your brothers and sisters, or are you the one standing at the cave pointing out the very thing in someone else that may one day cause you to stumble?
Genesis 9:18-28 (NIV) – The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth.(Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth. 20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside.23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. 27 May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.” 28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.
Fast forward over 1,000 years and several generations and you find Joshua leading the Israelite nation over the Jordan into the Promised Land. The Canaanites had lived on their own, had fighting warriors, and were the biggest bullies in the world.
Numbers 13:31-33 (NIV) – But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Joshua 4:19-24 (NIV) – On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerfuland so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
We think in our small feeble minds that we are limited at best that what we do won’t have an affect on our families, generations to come, or even people we don’t know. However, God shows us what not to do and we do it anyway. Shame on us. We may pass away and our life may be only a moment in eternal time, but what are we doing with that life? The Canaanites were overcome, just as God said they would be, over 1,000 years later, because of one man’s disrespect.
Pause and think about that for a moment. Who are we covering and who are we exposing for our own selfish gain? Even if only in our hearts, exposure is revealed in our words and actions. Are you speaking life and blessings? Or death and curses? The CHOICE is yours.
Matthew 7:12 (MSG) – “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.