Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 17 - Tuesday - Tiffany

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 19-20; Psalm 119:9-16; Romans 3
Today's scripture focus is Genesis 10

Nations Descended from Noah
10 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.[a] 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[b] 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,[c] 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.

Oh genealogies - in which fantasy writers search for odd names, and historians find rich with cultural meaning.  And which are really hard to focus on too much. They are so easy to skip, aren't they?

I'm sure John MacArthur or Mark Driscoll (neither of which I can get to open to link to their messages on this chapter. I don't know if it is our weather or their websites) has some great insights on this Biblical chapter.  Honestly, I've been fighting to keep my head above water, so didn't have time to do a lot of study on this.

I did have a few notes in my Bible from past sermons though that I thought I would share.
1) One of Noah's sons, Japheth, must have enjoyed the boat ride, because from his descendants came the coast lands people.
2) Next to Peleg (verse 25) I have written "Possibly the first pirate."  Obviously not a deep or theological thought, but kind of funny.
3) Read those verses about Nimrod again. A) We usually don't consider a Nimrod a good thing.  But look at what he did!  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. He was skilled enough to be noted by what he did for God. B) He built Nineveh! Nineveh, that city that was given such miraculous grace by God. C) He was brother to Egypt, who fathered the man who began the Philistines.

If you really read through this and pay attention the odd sounding names, you'll hear some familiar ones. the ones I've already mentioned as well as Cush, Babel, Tarshish, Canaan....
Noah restarted civilization.  His family survived the water apocalypse and built a whole new world. What a mighty responsibility to be given by God.

Tomorrow's scripture focus: Genesis 11:1-9
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 21-22; Psalm 119:17-24; Romans 4


TammyIsBlessed said...

The Mark Driscoll series has been removed from their website.

This was MacArthur's summary....
So Ham settles the south, Africa, and to Asia. Japheth settles to the north; Europe and into the northeast Persia and India. And Shem stays in the Middle East. "These", verse 31 says, "are the sons of Shem according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, according to their nations. Twenty six families are listed from Shem, 30 from Ham, 14 from Japheth, totaling 70. Philistines are mentioned parenthetically to explain to the Jews who were hearing this read hundreds of years later.

What is it a story about? Its' a story about how far man fell and how fast. Go across the face of the earth today and all you're gonna find is that Romans 1 came to pass, right? when they knew the true God they abandoned that true knowledge, and they developed all these bizarre, wacky, idolatress, rebellious religions that cover the face of the earth. Idolatry started very early at Babel, it's still going on, it'll end up ultimately in the final Babylon.

Here was a summary quote from Deffinbaugh....
The purpose of chapter 10 is best summarized by Cassuto. It was:

(a) to show that Divine Providence is reflected in the distribution of the nations over the face of the earth not less than in other acts of the world’s creation and administration; (b) to determine relationship between the people of Israel and the other peoples; (c) to teach the unity of post-diluvian humanity, which, like antediluvian mankind, was wholly descended from one pair of human beings.

Curly-T said...

Thanks, Tammy! We've been inundated with rain and tornadoes here and I was honestly surprised it let me post! I couldn't get MacArthur or Deffinbaugh's link to open at all!

TammyIsBlessed said...

I would imagine internet wouldn't exactly be reliable during that kind of weather. Stay safe!