“Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the Father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. He also said, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.” (Genesis9:21-27)
History rests on a moral foundation. Ham’s immodest treatment of is father brought disgrace and servitude to his family. The moral basis of history derives from the moral nature and purposes of God, who directs history. The ugly side of the use of alcohol became apparent early in human existence. Drunkenness is wrong not only for what it does to the individual but also because of its effects on family relationships.
What seems to be a strange prayer was a recognition before God of the character of these sons. The closely knit family structure of patriarchal days rendered it like that godliness would be propagated; as well as ungodliness. Future generations are responsible for their own sin. Of all Ham’s sons, it was the Canaanites whose Baal worship wold plague future Israel, as it now effects people in our times today.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, morality can and must be taught, but only individuals can accept the teachings and make it part of their own character. It does no good, to only read part of the Bible and not all of it, for the lessons within must be taught and we all collectively and individually and we must them part of of our own character. Sin separates us form the Love of God and only repenting of our sins, can we then be restored to God. This, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Would you rather trust a person who wrote a book—-or the One who wrote The Book?”
“Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.’” (Ruth 1:8-9)
In Moab, Naomi prayed to the one true God, the God of Israel. Geography is no barrier to prayer, beloved. She expressed the prayer in conversation with her daughters-in-law. Prayer can be included in daily conversation, as well as a formal prayer.
“Prayer, Petition”: (Joshua 10:12-14)
God led the inspired author to a written source for poetic language to describe Joshua’s miraculous act. The same book is mentioned 2nd Samuel 1:18 ass the source of David’s lament. The “Book of Jashar” has not been preserved complete, as it was not a writing God inspired for inclusion in the Scriptures. The book did serve God’s purposes to provide language and information for His inspired writers. Prayer helps us meet life’s impossible tasks. Joshua ought and received a miracle as he led God’s people to accomplish His mission. Faith brings great accomplishments.
Second Thought of the Day:
“’Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Ye not what I will, but what you will.’ Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Simon,’ he said to Peter, ‘are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Mark14:37-38)
Jesus used a familiar Aramaic word, “Abba,” to address His Heavenly Father. The term is not lacking in respect but is full of affection. The Son agonized with the Father, struggling from His human side to avoid the maximum price if possible. Yet, the fully obedient Lord was prepared to give Himself totally, for He came to fulfill the revealed will of the Father.
Jesus’ commitment to the will of the Father is to the basic characteristic of the kingdom of God. Such commitment makes the sovereign rule of God a reality in the lives of His people. The disciples deliverance from temptation was important to Christ. He knew their danger and warned them that willingness of spirit was not enough; they needed moral strength, strength of spirit. Such strength comes for strong prayer lives.