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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...

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

Attention:

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

Need:

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...

The REVERENT(:23)

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.


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