Shall We Honor or Dishonor Great Men?
We do not know what Noah did the first six hundred years of his life, except that he preached righteousness, and built the ark sometime while in his five hundreds.
After the Flood the Bible shows us that he became a farmer, “And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard” (Genesis 9.20).
On one occasion he drank too much wine and became drunk, and since he was not in his right mind, he did not realize what he was doing, and became naked in his tent, but he appeared to have been in private (9.21).
Ham must have then walked in on his father, saw his nakedness, and thought it was funny, and invited his brothers to come have a look at their naked father (9.22).
However, “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” (9.23).
They knew their father to be an honorable man, and they had no desire to disgrace him.
The four of them, along with their wives, had been through much during their lives, witnessing evil on a scale that none of us have seen, enduring a natural disaster that none of us have experienced, but after living hundreds of years, they could still make mistakes.
Imagine living ten times longer than what you shall live. How many times do you think you would stumble and fall spiritually?
Let us make sure that we love our neighbor as ourselves so that we will always honor great men, and not dishonor them. DR
Whom do you worship? Since you are reading this, I will assume that you worship the God of heaven, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Is there anything or anyone who could get you to stop worshiping God, and perhaps worship something else?
Satan tried to get Jesus to stop worshiping the Father and to worship him, “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve”’” (Matthew 4.8–10).
Satan offered Jesus the world, but the Lord turned it down, even rebuking Satan.
For many Christians, Satan does not have to offer that much to get them to cease worshiping God. Satan might merely offer an offending brother, or a television program, or fun, or…well, you fill in the blank.
Where were you last Lord’s Day?