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 August 30, 2018

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Text: Ezekiel 1-4
Audio: Ezekiel 1-4

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Memory Verse of the Week

“Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you.'”
(Genesis 9:8-9 ESV)

Genesis 10 (ESV)

These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.

The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.

The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and 12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city. 13 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.

15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed. 19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.

21 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born. 22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 24 Arpachshad fathered Shelah; and Shelah fathered Eber. 25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 30 The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar to the hill country of the east. 31 These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.

32 These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.

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  1. These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood. Genesis 10:32

    Genealogies

    Do you struggle reading through the genealogies in Scripture? Do you wonder why it's important to read who the sons of Japheth, Ham and Shem were? How often do our eyes glaze over when we attempt to work out way through them? Or, do we just skip these pages all together in hopes of finding something more interesting and applicable for our lives?

    I ask these questions because for years I struggled getting through them. I used to just skim the names until I realized one day that they are in God's Word for a reason. These were people important enough to God to list them in the Bible so why am I so quick to disregard them?

    To help me not get bogged down in trying to phonetically sound out each name as I read, I use the ESV Audio Bible, narrated by David Cochran Heath. I read along as David sets the pace and handles the pronunciation of each name. What a huge help this has been!

    NOTE: If you visit esv.org and click on a chapter of the Bible, there is a speaker icon next to the chapter name. If you click this, then click the "play button", it will play the audio. The page even scrolls automatically as the narration plays.

    Try it with todays' reading: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+10/

    So what is the point of us reading the genealogies – other than it being in the Bible?

    I looked up this question and found a great page at GotQuestions.org. Here is a link:

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-genealogies.html

    In his book titled "All the Books and Chapters of the Bible", Herbert Lockyer writes, "Genealogies, while they may appear dry and uninteresting to us, provide valuable historical links. This is why the Jews were meticulously careful in the keeping of such records. In the portion we are considering we have the ways of men in a new world, and what a sad story of revolt we encounter! Man, by his own effort, wanted to climb up to God. Nimrod and Bible cannot be neglected by the careful student of the Word. In Nimrod, we have a foreshadowing of the Antichrist. 'Nimrod', meaning 'the rebel', is a type of the 'lawless one'. 'Babel', the name given to the world empire that man endeavored to establish, reappears often as Babylon. In Revelation 17 it is spoken of as 'Mystery, Babylon', which represents man's last effort to organize a universal imperial government. What happened to Babel will likewise befall Babylon when Christ appears as the King of kings, to inaugurate His world empire! And think of it! We are to reign with Him. Then He will divide His inheritance with us."

    Sometimes we may not have a direct application from what we read (especially in the Old Testament) but that doesn't mean it's not important. We also might not understand everything we read but we should discipline ourselves to learn and study so we know God better from His Word and assume less about Him.

  2. Many people today have a renewed interest in ancestry and genealogy, spending countless hours researching and tracing their families’ histories back as far as they can, and taking pride in seeing famous names in their lineage. 

    Others use genealogy to prove their entitlement to financial benefits and estates, Native American rights, land and property ownership and inheritance. 

    Consider this when you read genealogies in the Bible and get bogged down: we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. We are all descendants of Noah. And YOUR name is a part of history. 

    How will history look back on your life? If your name is recorded in a genealogy, what will people say about you? That’s how I read genealogies in the Bible. I’m reminded that I need to consider my own legacy. 

     

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