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Summary: 1 of 2. Genesis records the significance of the indiscretion of Noah’s younger son, Ham. Understanding the significance of indiscretion imparts wisdom/ is instructive to God’s people. Indiscretion holds significance for...

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The SIGNIFICANCE OF INDISCRETION-I—Genesis 9:18-29

Attention:

Our American society seems to be drifting farther & farther from under the umbrella of discretion.

Discreet— ‘Careful & circumspect in one's speech or actions, esp. in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage.’ M-W—1) Having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct & especially in speech : Prudent; especially : capable of preserving prudent silence; 2)Unpretentious, modest; 3)Unobtrusive, unnoticable.

Discretion—1) The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information; 2) The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation.’ M-W—1)The quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment : The quality of being discreet : Circumspection; especially--Cautious reserve in speech; 2)Ability to make responsible decisions; 3)—a) Individual choice or judgment, b) Power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain legal bounds; 4)The result of separating or distinguishing.

Indiscretion—Behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgment.’ M-W—1)Lack of discretion : Imprudence; 2)a Something (as an act or remark) marked by lack of discretion, b An act at variance with the accepted morality of a society....or in our case, Godly or Christian society

Need:

This section(:18-27) deals with the relationship of Noah’s sons to their God.

It details two related incidents of specific sin, the boy’s response to it, followed by Noah’s response to it.

These events reveal “two responses to human guilt & disobedience.”—John Sailhamer

Thus one’s genealogy is indeterminative of one’s blessing or curse, although the belief(s) originating in one’s family line may be promulgated to either the good or ruin of future generations. Old habits do tend to die hard.

Genesis records the significance of the indiscretion of Noah’s younger son, Ham.

Understanding the significance of indiscretion imparts wisdom/ is instructive to God’s people.

For whom does indiscretion hold significance?

1—Indiscretion holds significance for...

The INFLUENTIAL(:18-19)

Explanation: (:18-19)

:18—“Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, & Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan.”

Noah’s sons are named 3 times prior—5:32; 6:10; 7:13.

This will come into particular play from verse :22ff.

“Ham” fathered “Canaan.”

Canaan is important as he relates directly to the ‘land of Canaan’(Gen. 17:8) which the Israelites are destined to enter, supplanting the indigenous Canaanites.

Moses is relating this history to the present experience of Israel.

“Shem”—Mv Shem—Shem = “Name.”

From— Mv—V.—An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication--Honor, authority, character.


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