Noah's Ark. What a full story! I could talk about the faith of Noah, building an ark months (maybe years) before there was a flood. I could talk about the bird that brought back the olive branch, peace rising from the chaos. I could even talk about the rainbow, God's mighty war bow facing away from humanity.
No, I'm not going to talk about any of those things. Instead, I want to talk about Noah's drunkenness.
Noah, a farmer, made a new start and planted a vineyard. 21 He drank some of the wine, became drunk, and took off his clothes in his tent. 22 Ham, Canaan’s father, saw his father naked and told his two brothers who were outside. 23 Shem and Japheth took a robe, threw it over their shoulders, walked backward, and covered their naked father without looking at him because they turned away.
Genesis 9:20-23 CEB
I know, it's one of the least glamorous aspects of the story, in close contention with cleaning animal poo on the boat. However, since that's not physically written in the scripture, drunkenness wins.
I think seeing Noah naked and drunk helps us see the bible realistically. There is something raw and emotional happening in this story. Almost everyone is dead.There is such an epic scale of loss, and Noah does something so emotional, raw, and real.
This story teaches us that our Biblical heroes can be vulnerable, sad, and angry. This should make them characters we can relate to.Grief is real for all people: prophets, saints, and everyone. God loves us even in our grief.
Which biblical character do you most relate to?
Help me see the real humanity in the divine narrative.