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What did Noah do after he went out of the arc? In Genesis 9:20-27, we are told what happened…

20 Noah, a man of the soil, began to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers who were outside.23 Shem and Japheth took the garment and placed it on their shoulders. Then they walked in backwards and covered up their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so they did not see their father’s nakedness.

24 When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor he learned what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said,

“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
he will be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

“Worthy of praise is the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem!
27 May God enlarge Japheth’s territory and numbers!
May he live in the tents of Shem
and may Canaan be his slave!”

After Noah uncovered himself in his drunken state, Ham saw his father and told his two brothers. 

Ham looked upon his father's nakedness but Shem and Japheth did not. Instead they covered it.

Sometimes we are tempted or provoked, but we always have a choice. Shem, Ham and Japheth had the same situation before them, but had different reactions.
Ham mocked his father and told his brothers about the nakedness of their father. Shem and Japheth chose not to look at their father. Sin sometimes comes in the 2nd time you look at things.

Proverbs 3:27 tells us “Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.”

When Noah awoke from his drunkenness, he realized what Ham had done and then proceeded to curse Canaan. 

The cursing of Ham has to do with the sin of Ham when his father Noah uncovered himself at his drunkenness. Even though the sin of Ham was not specified, we do know that it was disgraceful enough for God to curse the line of his son Canaan. The judgment and generational curse was not directed to Canaan personally but rather to his descendants. 

But why was the curse directed to Canaan? It’s because God already blessed the family of Noah up to the first-degree descendants and so Ham cannot be cursed. Therefore, it was given to his son.

This leads us to understanding the value of honoring. When honor is due, we have to give that. If you respect your parents, you will be blessed all the way.

Why do we need to honor?

1.) Honoring brings blessing - If you give honor to people, you will be blessed. Even if you think the person is not worthy of honor, you should still give it to him. Long life is offered as a blessing for obedient children.

Ephesians 6:1-3 tells us,

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.”

2.) Because it is due – No matter how bad the person is, you have to give honor to that person. You have no right to disrespect anyone, most especially to your parents. Instead of rebellion, focus on what is due of a person.

Romans 13:7 reminds us of this,

7 Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.”

We honor our parents not only because of the blessing but because it is due.

3.) Dishonoring Dishonors Us – Someday you’ll be parents too. If you don’t learn how to honor people, your direct descendants will follow you.

Proverbs 30:11-13 says, “11 There is a generation who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
12 There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation whose eyes are so lofty,
and whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully.”

It's Jesus alone that saved us. Jesus alone paid for our sins. And we are dishonoring Jesus if we thank anyone for blessings we have received. If we dishonor our parents or anyone, we are not just dishonoring them but we also dishonor ourselves and Jesus Christ.

Here are the following ideas for honoring:

1.    Verbalize love and gratitude – Communication is key.

2.    Write them a note – Don’t be shy in expressing your love and honor for people. You’ll see the effect afterwards.

3.    Serve them/ Do chores – Show them that you are willing to help them in their daily tasks.

4.    Put up a memory – This may be in the form of a photo on a frame.

5.    Do public honoring – Acknowledge them.

6.    Pray together – This is too powerful to ignore.

7.    Obey them – Obedience can take you to places. Obedience will bless you all throughout your life.