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Genesis 9.18-10 | Better is the Little

February 21, 2016 Speaker: Sam Ford Series: BEDROCK | Genesis 1-11

Topic: Old Testament Passage: Genesis 9:18– 10:20

At the end of chapter 9 we find one of the strangest stories in all of Genesis. It serves as a reminder for us all that one of the greatest evidences of the genuineness of God’s Word is the realness in which the characters are portrayed. Within a few chapters, the last “righteous” man on earth proves that, as one commentator put it, anyone can sin and everyone does. Moses could have done a much better job of hiding the imperfections of his people’s ancient heroes. But the Bible is God’s story, told by God, about God, and for God. There is no effort, therefore, to excuse the sins of men because their failures are the very things that offer the best backdrop for the riches of God’s grace.

The second greatest evidence of the genuineness of God’s Word, is its national genealogies. The table of nations found here in Genesis 10, along with the genealogies found in chapter 11, exists as one of the only and most accurate records of prehistory and the expansions of people across the world. The narrative of Genesis is real history, unfolding in real time, in real places, through real people and events. [MAP] From Noah’s family came all of the people of the earth. Life did not begin in modern day Iraq, but it re-began from there. 8 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed. But we have more than depravity or history to learn from these passages. Together, the story at the end of chapter 9 and the table of nations in chapter 10, reveals three different categories of people in the human race: the cursed, the blessed, and the invited.

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