We do not know what Noah did the first six hundred years of his life, except that he preached righteousness, and built the ark sometime while in his five hundreds. After the Flood the Bible shows us that he became a farmer,
“And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard” (Genesis 9:20).
On one occasion he drank too much wine and became drunk, and since he was not in his right mind, he did not realize what he was doing, and became naked in his tent, that is, he appears to have been in private (Genesis 9:21).
Ham must have then walked in on his father, saw his nakedness, and thought it was funny, and invited his brothers to come have a look at their naked father (Genesis 9:22).
“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 9:23).
They knew their father to be an honorable man, and they had no desire to disgrace him. The four of them, along with their wives, had been through much during their lives, witnessing evil on a scale that none of us have seen, enduring a natural disaster that none of us have experienced, but after living hundreds of years, they could still make mistakes.
Imagine living ten times longer than what you shall live. How many times do you think you would stumble and fall spiritually?
Let us make sure that we love our neighbor as ourselves so that we will always honor great men, and not dishonor them.