Genesis 8-11

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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. 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 themCome, 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. 

Sharing HIS love,

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2 responses

  1. I find a couple of things interesting here. First, I am thinking that Ham’s sin is the first biblical example of Gossip?

    Second, I am thinking… how is it that Noah being a man is truly able to curse Ham?
    This must be a notion to the power of a spoken word.

    Third, I am wondering if Noah is sinning by cursing Ham out of anger or was he simply uttering God’s judgment to Ham for his sin.

    I am glad that God shortened our days here on Earth because then it is the sooner we can be together in Heaven. I see God shortened the lifespan to 120
    Genesis 6:3 (KJV) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

    I do not see the connection of the shortened lifespan on Earth being a result of sin? It seems more simply a decision of God.

    1. Ashley, Thanks for your comments!! I so enjoy hearing your thoughts. You may be correct in saying Ham is the bible’s first example of gossip. In my Life Application Bible it states that the “thing” that was so wrong with what Ham did was that he “mocked” his father, and God is not fond of mocking. His mocking indicated a severe lack of respect for his father and for God. I do wonder now that you presented the idea is could gossip be a form of mocking? Merriam Webster defines gossip as: “a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others,” (which Ham certainly did with his father). It defines mock as: “to treat with contempt or ridicule” (which he also did). In reading the whole story I have to keep in mind the actions of Shem and Japheth (entering Noah’s tent backwards with something to cover him with). Shem and Japheth never laid eyes on Noah’s nakedness, thus maintaining their respect for him and God’s plan.

      I think you hit the nail on the head with Noah’s being able to curse Ham and the power of the spoken word, because we can see what the actions of the Canaanites lead to. In God allowing Noah to curse Ham it also makes me see that Ham’s mocking was not just towards his father but also towards God. I wondered the same thing about Noah sinning. The scripture does not say anything about him sinning when cursing Ham. However, it definitely reveals the trouble we can get into when we drink to the point of excess. This Scripture definitely shows us that even godly people can sin and that their bad influence affects their entire families. Possibly if Noah had not have become drunk, he would not have been naked, and Ham would not have been cursed. BUT….. NONE of that is in the Word. My thought process (and commentaries I’ve read) say that Noah definitely had too much to drink which left him naked and uncovered in his tent.

      I have read in my “Life Application Bible” and in a couple of other commentaries that Genesis 6:3 is actually not speaking directly about shortening our life span (sin alone did that for us). The consequences of sin can be slow moving until all at once you see the freight train coming towards you. Before Adam and Eve sinned they would have lived forever (the tree of life in the garden). If we look at how long people were living after the Garden of Eden was closed and guarded by the angels we see in Genesis 5 that Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912, Enosh 905, Kenan 910, Jared 962, Methuselah 969, Noah 950 (Gen 9:28). Then in Gen 11:32, Terah, Abram’s father lived to be 205. So the lifespans of humans have slowly decreased over time. NOW, having said all of that … I also thought God was shortening our life spans when I first read this. In this particular scripture it “means that God was allowing the people of Noah’s day 120 years to change their sinful ways. God was very patient with the people in giving them a long time to change their sinful ways. God shows his great patience with us as well. He is giving each of us time to stop living “our way” and begin living HIS way.” When 120 years passed, the floods came, and ONLY Noah’s family and the animals were on the ark. When Jesus Christ (our Ark) comes again…. just as in the day of the flood …. time will have run out for “more to come aboard”. God is patient, gracious, merciful, and loving. However, he tells us that there is ONLY ONE way to HIM and that is through Jesus Christ. If we do not ask Jesus into our hearts while there is time.. someday the time will run out. I’m just so grateful that I know HIM… WHEW!!! If I am repeating myself… please forgive me 🙂

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