I have often pondered the account of Noah’s nakedness in Genesis 9:22-27.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said,“Cursed be Canaan;a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” He also said,“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;and let Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth,and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,and let Canaan be his servant.”
Why such a stern punishment of Ham and the Canaanites? And such a pronounced blessing upon Shem and Japheth?
It is really about honor.
A father serves his sons and daughters as the representative of God, the Father.
God will never allow Himself to be dishonored. Nor that earthen fathers be dishonored.
I have seen men snd women grossly dishonor their natural and spiritual fathers.
That is a dangerous game.
I always honor my natural father and my spiritual fathers.
The 5th Commandment states (Exodus 20:5):
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.