BIBLE READING: GENESIS 9:20-27; LEVITICUS 18:7
“Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon—Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.” 2Samuel 1:20 (NKJV)
Staying under spiritual covering remains one of the surest securities of any son. Fathers are the foundations that sustain the structure of our lives, hence the Scripture poses this simple yet profound question: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). In other words, any attempt to undermine one’s foundation leads to inevitable destruction and few things achieve the former more than exposing the nakedness of fathers.
The best of men are men at best and fathers are no exception to this rule. All fathers have weaknesses and areas of vulnerability (see 2Cor. 4:7). However, the weaknesses of fathers are the greatest traps for their sons. Ham learnt this lesson the hard way and as a result of his error had the descendants of Canaan his son marked for certain destruction. Every son must learn to emulate the reaction of Shem and Japhet to their father Noah’s nakedness:
But Shem and Japhet took a garment, laid it upon 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.” (Gen. 9:23). Such a sobering thought. Not only did they cover Noah’s nakedness (thereby preventing any other person’s prying eyes from seeing what they ought not to see) but they also walked backwards. They ensured their father’s dignity remained intact in their own eyes since they refused to look and distort their perception of Noah their father. In a nutshell, every father has an Achilles heel and it is the responsibility of genuine sons to conceal it rather than reveal it.
Dear Lord, thank You for being Merciful to us in spite of our errors. Please help us always conceal the nakedness of our fathers in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.