Bible Order: Genesis 14:1–17:14
Chronological Order: Job 4–5
New Testament Only: Matthew 5:1–16
The Fullness Of God’s Promises
I mentioned to someone the other day that I read the Bible every day and that I have read all of the Bible, from cover to cover, several times. He didn’t think you needed to read “all” of the Bible since there were so many “boring” parts. As an example he mentioned the “begat” parts. He was familiar with the so and so begat so and so, and so on. Frankly, I’ve come to feel that all of the begetting we read of in the Bible is part of what makes this such and extraordinary book. Most cultures have myths concerning how the world began; who created it and how. These myths tend to be rather general in their description. They may mention specific individuals but I am unaware of any of them providing a list of descendent names, and lengths of their lives. The Bible provides rather specific details about creation and the development of human societies.
We read in today’s passage that the Canaanites, the people who lived in what would become the Promised Land, were descended from Ham, as were the Egyptians. We also learn that Abraham, and thus the Israelites and their step brothers the Arabs, were descended from Shem. One of the things that interests me here is seeing how certain areas and towns got their names from some of these first descendants of the three sons of Noah. Of greater importance, however, is our ability to see how Noah’s curse played out over the millennia since.
We may think that these genealogies way back in Genesis don’t mean much today but we would be wrong. Not only is the world still affected by the decisions made by the children of Abraham, but by the children of Noah, and the children of Adam. Let’s look back at the curse and blessings Noah placed upon his sons in yesterday’s passage.
Genesis 9:20-27 ESV
“ Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.  He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.  Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.  When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,  he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”  He also said, ‘Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.  May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.’”