Summary: 2 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...



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. 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

Indiscretion—Behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good.’ M-W—1)b An act at variance with the accepted morality of a society.— Godly or Christian society


American society, as a whole, is continually drifting away from Christian moralities. What was at one time unacceptable in ‘polite society’ is not only acceptable but promoted! Christians are backers of ‘polite American society’ because the very politeness of it is built upon God’s influence thru Christianity.

America & individual Americans are loosing our moral moorings & thereby despising God.

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.

How/Why is indiscretion significant for God’s people?

Indiscretion holds significance for...

Indiscretion holds significance for...

1. The INFLUENTIAL(:18-19) Pace-setters(Progenitors)

2. The FALLEN(:20-21, 24) Victims of sin’s charms(Noah)

3. The PERPETRATORS(:22)Consciously enter into sin(Ham)

4—Indiscretion holds significance for...


Explanation: (:23) Those seeking to live their lives in Christ.

:23—“But Shem & Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, & went backward & covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, & they did not see their father’s nakedness.” ”

“But”—signals a differing attitude between Ham & his brothers. Rather than exacerbate the problem, Shem & Japheth sought to fix it or rather lessen its effects.

Shem & Japheth “covered” their father because he had become drunk & inappropriately disrobed. They took particular pains to ensure that neither of them would observe their father’s nakedness. Thus they walked backward to “cover” their father by placing “a garment” upon Noah.

The Scripture reiterates this scenario because we need to know that both sons were totally innocent regarding Noah’s sin, in comparison to Ham.

They did not even “see” their father’s incapacitated state much less gawk at him & openly ridicule him as did Ham.

It is a statement to their reverence in comparison to Ham’s irreverence.

“Garment”—hlms sim-law'—1) Wrapper, mantle, covering garment, garments, clothes, raiment, a cloth. Strong—perhaps by permutation for the feminine of lmo seh'-mel(through the idea of a cover assuming the shape of the object beneath); A dress, especially--A mantle.

“Went”—Kly yaw-lak'—Qal Imperfect—1) To go, walk, come. Strong—a primitive root ; To walk(literally or figuratively); causatively--To carry(in various senses).

“Backward”2X(& “Turned away”)—tynrxa akh-o-ran-niyth'—Adv.—1) Backwards, back part, the rear. Used 7X.

“Covered”—hok kaw-saw'—Piel Imperfect—1) to cover, conceal, hide—1c) (Piel)—1c1) To cover, clothe, 1c2) To cover, conceal, 1c3) To cover (for protection), 1c4) To cover over, spread over, 1c5) To cover, overwhelm. Strong—a primitive root; properly--To plump, i.e. Fill up hollows; by implication--To cover(for clothing or secrecy).

“Did not see”(See :22—“Saw”)—war al—har raw-aw'—Qal Perfect—1) To see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider—1a) (Qal)—1a1) To see, 1a2) To see, perceive, 1a3) To see, have vision, 1a4) To look at, see, regard, look after, see after, learn about, observe, watch, look upon, look out, find out, 1a5) To see, observe, consider, look at, give attention to, discern, distinguish, 1a6) To look at, gaze at. Strong—a primitive root; To see, literally or figuratively(in numerous applications, direct & implied, transitive, intransitive & causative).


Ex. 20:12—““Honor your father & your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”

Lev. 19:2-3—““Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, & say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. ‘Every one of you shall revere his mother & his father, & keep My Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.”

Deut. 27:16—“‘Cursed is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’”

Deut. 21:18-21—““If a man has a stubborn & rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, & who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them, “then his father & his mother shall take hold of him & bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn & rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton & a drunkard.’ “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, & all Israel shall hear & fear.”

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