Thursday, August 25, 2016

Genealogy of Noah

1 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. . . . 32 These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.
Genesis 10:1 and 32, NKJV

Genealogy of Noah

Chapter 10 of Genesis consists mostly of the genealogy of Noah and his sons. Most of the chapter, then, consists of the names of the children of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. When I read through genealogies in the Bible it is a reminder that each and every person is known to God.

We have millions of people alive on our earth today, yet every single one of them is known to God. He knows their thoughts and He even knows the very intents of their hearts. So, even though years go quickly by in Genesis 10, each of the people mentioned--who just appear as names to us--was known by God.

At a couple of points in the chapter some commentary is given. For example, verses 8 through 10 tell us,  

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Cush was the son of Ham. We remember from the last chapter that the line of Ham was cursed. So, when we advance to the next chapter and read more of Nimrod and his leadership in Babel, we should not be too surprised by the results. 

The question we often ask is this, did the flood get rid of sin? No! Beginning with Noah, himself, we see that sin continued on the earth after the flood. As we read through these passages, however, let us remember the promise that God gave in Genesis 3:15. God, after the first sin, pronounced the solution to that sin.

Sin separates us from God, but through the Redeemer to come, Who would bruise Satan's head, we can be restored to complete fellowship with God. 

What about our children? Do we, as believers, have the hope of having Godly children? If we train them in the things of the Lord, will they follow Him? While we are charged by God to teach our children the Word of God, we, as parents, do not control the results of that teaching. We would expect that some, or maybe even most, will follow the Lord, but it is God who saves.

When we look at some of the great men of faith in the Word of God, it was not unusual to see some of their children not following in the footsteps of their Godly parents. What, then, are we to do?

First, train our children in the truths taught in God's Word. Second, pray that God will give us a consistent testimony before them. Third, pray that God will save them. Pray for your children all of the days of your life, no matter what their age may be. Even if they have left home years ago, let us keep a constant flow of prayer going to God on their behalf. No one else will ever love your children as you love them. So, no one else will pray as consistently for them as well.

We serve a great and loving God. In Him we live and move and have our being. In Him, alone, do we find peace, joy, and blessing. May our own personal genealogies be an example of God working graciously in the lives of our descendants.

God Bless You,

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