After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked.
~ Genesis 9:20 - 23
Many people have heard the story of Noah. You probably know about the Flood, the ark, and the animals coming two by two. You've probably heard about the dove and the rainbow.
But after most of the story is over, this little piece about Noah getting drunk and naked - well, it's not the stuff of children's Sunday School! Maybe Noah just went off the rails a bit after being cooped up with all those animals. Or maybe the anguish of seeing all those people drowning finally caught up with him.
Whatever the case, this very strange scene reveals a couple things. First, it shows us, as we see over and over in Scripture, that the people God uses are not perfect. They're messed up, just like you and I. That means that, however messed up you are, you can still serve God and be part of His unfolding story.
Noah, drunk and naked, points to a second thing: The Bible is true. Who would fake a story about the only righteous guy alive, and then add this offbeat paragraph? In a wonderfully strange way, Noah's embarrassing misstep shows us that the Bible is an honest book. Yes, this is a story you can believe because it doesn't whitewash the truth, even when it's not admirable.
Excerpted from The Way New Living Translation Bible