18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. 20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. 21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
Here we see that Noah gets drunk and was naked. Most likely, since he was in his tent, his wife was with him. Ham comes in and sees this. No big deal…right? Actually when you read the Hebrew text from Leviticus 20:11 it states: “The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness…” So we could conclude that Ham had sex with his mother. I’m not sure if this is what happened. There is several other views about this, however what I see is Noah got drunk, and either did something stupid, or passed out and was oblivious to his surroundings. I believe the lesson here is to be sober. Wine is mentioned throughout the bible, however it is very specific about the abuse of alcohol. We all have either been the drunk or seen someone in this state. Drug and alcohol abuse is a major problem in our society, and for the most part misunderstood. Addiction has touched everyone’s life in some way. I myself struggled with addiction at different times in my life. It seemed to always manifest most during emotional struggles. I relied on alcohol to fill the emptiness I felt. People would ask me why I drank so much, but never cared to ask why I was thirsty. I found that the thirst I had could only be filled by Jesus. Jesus said: “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). We all thirst for something. Whether its drugs, alcohol, sex, power, money, prestige, etc… All of these are things that never satisfy. As with Noah, alcohol caused problems in my life. Today instead of using alcohol to fill the hole, I use Jesus. And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Whatever ails you, Jesus is the answer. But if you’re still confused, unsure, or don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!