Are you READDDDYYYYY for today?? There is a LOT in chapters 8-11. Did you notice today’s additional entry which is a family tree of sorts of Adam and Noah? You may want to have this handy as you read so you can see who is who. Keep in mind it is not all inclusive of every person born, just the heavy hitters.
You may want to have your pens, highlighters, markers, handy so you can write, circle, and highlight in your Bible.
I used to think writing in ANY book much less the Bible was a sin. However, I have learned that I grasp things much better if I write in a book. I remember things better. My notes become a great reference for me. When I was first born again I started writing in my Bible … especially when God made His Word stand off the page (also known as the rhema Word of God). In Greek, the word rhema means “an utterance”. In Biblical terms, the Word speaks directly to you. When I have received the rhema Word it is as if the Lord took a highlighter and made the words come alive within my being. Suddenly after reading them they make sense in your mind, your heart, your Spirit, your soul. When I look at my old, old Bible with pages falling out and torn, I read my notes when certain things were revealed to me. I put a date and where I was when it happened. Rereading it makes it even more special and serves as a reminder of the ways God has spoken to me through HIS Word. The WONDERFUL thing is that the more I read the Word.. the more it happens!!! 🙂
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) states:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The writers of the Bible penned the Words on paper AS God instructed them.
So, with this in mind…. Get out your pens, your highlighters, and get ready to circle things, make notes, and highlight things that speak to you. You won’t regret it. Circle words that God repeats, circle cities that stand out to you, circle names that are important, highlight things that touch you, and make a note in the margin with the date when the Word jumps off the page for you.
Chapter 8 – Begins in the middle of the flood. One of the things that touched me in this reading was that when Noah sent the dove out and the dove returned
Genesis 8:9 (NIV) says:
He (Noah) reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
Did you catch that Noah “bought it back to himself in the ark”. That reminds me of how God does with us. God will send us to do something special and when we return, exhausted, not thinking straight, etc; HE reaches out his hand, takes us, and brings us back to Himself. Ahhhhhhh 🙂
Chapter 9 – Read 9:18-28 again. Who was the son who humiliated his father? HAM. In your bible or handout write “pig” to help you remember (Ham…pig) 🙂 And Holly if you are reading this I know you love piggies so take no offense. Next, are the two good brothers. SHEM and JAPETH. Japeth starts with the GGGG sound. Just like GENTILE. So write Gentiles next to him. (that is you and me…most of us are Gentiles). Last is SHEM. S stands for Superior. This is the family line that Jesus is going to come from.
- Ham (pig). This is the Canaanite people. Bad! (Bad boys, bad boys, what cha gonna do… … whoops sorry… things begin to remind me of songs 🙂 )
- Japeth (Gentile) This is the line most of us come from
- Shem (Superior) This is the Chosen people. The Hebrew nation.
You may be asking what did Ham do that was so wrong??? SOOO, he saw his father naked and called his brothers in to witness it. Ham was really mocking his father (not a good thing to do). The two brothers knew this was not good so they walked in backwards to cover their father up so they could not see his nakedness. When Noah came out of his drunken stupor (which shows he was not a perfect man, did not make the wisest decision at that moment, and his sin impacted his entire family); Noah realized what had happened and cursed Ham. He also blessed Shem and Japheth.
Gen 9:24-27 (NIV)
When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s[b] territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
In Chapter 10 — notice the beginning of the Canaanite people, (Canaan meaning lowland, and WHERE they populate). I noted the cities of Gaza, Sodom, and Gomorrah as a points of interest. Wonder what will happen in those places?????
In Chapter 11 — Ah yes…. the tower of Babel, so much to say.. so little space…. the use of brick (MAN made bricks rather than God’s stones), note the words US…it becomes a scenario of US (the people) vs US (The Trinity, see how Jesus is right here too). The monument TO people, people centered instead of God centered. The people did NOT even think about asking God if they should build the tower. God, the Trinity, visited the tower and here is what it said: Gen 11:5-9 (NIV)
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Shem’s (the beginning of the Hebrew nation) descendants are listed and in Verse 26 — the birth of Abram!! As you look at the names of people being born notice that that life spans are shortening because of the effects of sin. Look at Gen 5 and check out the number of years the people lived (Adam, Seth, Kenan, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, and then Noah Gen 9:28. When we get to the descendants of Shem in Gen 8 the years begin to really shorten from 500 (Shem) to 119 (Terah, father of Abram).
Use your maps in your bible! Look for Babel, Canaan, Haran, Ur of Chaldeans, where Abram was born. Ur was a wealthy modern town, which probably means Abram was educated. The maps are really important ESPECIALLY when you look at who occupies this same land TODAY and everything that is currently happening in these same places.
Notice this read ends with a plan (like we do) and God puts a BUT in the middle of it…like he usually does!
I have a book of maps and am still working on getting them on the blog. HOWEVER, if you would like to have maps as we go along that are really KEWL… I can send them to you via email. IF you would like maps as we go along just shoot me an email with the SUBJECT as BLOG.