T.M.I. (Deuteronomy 29:29)


Too much information!

This phrase is sometimes used when awkward personal stories are shared at inappropriate times. We uncomfortably shift and wonder why is this person sharing such intimate details?  What could possibly be uplifting about this knowledge? Likewise, there are many awkward moments in the Bible and I sometimes find myself questioning why God would include these incidents?

And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on 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.

Genesis 9:20-23 (NKJV)


There is no way to sugarcoat this shameful and awkward episode. Noah showed a lack of judgment by getting drunk. Ham showed disrespect to his father by deliberating making a spectacle of him in front of his two brothers. No child should see their father embarrassed and exposed like that. Why would God reveal this information to us?

God does occasionally give us insight into what He is doing and when He does, it is for a specific purpose. He is growing our faith in ways we can scarcely comprehend. Why? It is to help us better understand His Word through the Bible. 

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NKJV)

It was too much information and if God did not reveal such sordid details, it would not have the impact that He intended to teach future generations. God chose Noah and his family over all other people on the earth and rescued them from the Flood that destroyed every living creature on land. But even for someone of as great a faith like Noah, the Bible laid bare his faults. It is sobering to note that God used this awkward experience to teach us to always remain focused on following God’s commands in the Bible. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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