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Category: Genesis 11

12-10-2015 Genesis 11:10-32

you-are-valuable

Here in the 11th chapter of Genesis we have more genealogy (see below).  If you’re like me, I look at this and say: “Who cares?  I don’t know these people. They mean nothing to me.”  Right?  Yes and no.  Yes, I don’t know these people, however they are significant and they should mean something to all of us.  We may not know them, but they were important enough to be listed in the bible.  The truth is each one of us is significant and deserves recognition.  Jesus said:  “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).  Jesus knows you and desires a relationship with you. You are valuable in the eyes of God.  Paul the apostle wrote: He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32) We are so incredibly important that God himself came, suffered, and died so we could live.  Today, I encourage you to treat everyone like they are the most important person in the world.  Show them love, compassion, and kindness.  It is the greatest gift we can give or receive. But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say…just say Jesus.

Shem’s Descendants
10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood. 11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah. 13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.

14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. 15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.

16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg. 17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.

18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. 19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.

20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug. 21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.

22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. 23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah. 25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.

26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Terah’s Descendants
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

12-8-2015 Genesis 11:5-9

StagesPride

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Man built a tower to reach up to the heavens and make a name for himself.  He became proud and forgot how God saved mankind from total destruction after the flood. The bible tells us pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Isn’t it funny how when we are proud and boastful, we always seem to get knocked down.  I believe my biggest problem throughout my life has been pride and arrogance.  We all seem to have a need to be remembered.  We all want to make our mark on this world, however most of us go about it the wrong way.  At least I did.  Now Jesus, who is by far the most talked about and most noteworthy figure in the history of mankind, taught us a differently. He said: “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus was God and He showed that we are to be servants. He set the standard.  He said: ” And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). So if you want to be great, humble yourself and let God raise you up.  Self-promotion never works.  We all know that when you die it all stays here.  You greatness here means nothing to God if you don’t have humility.  Jesus tells us to store up treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  The greatest gift we can give anyone is our love.  Jesus said: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:12-13). Jesus gave his life so that you and I could live.  Jesus humbled himself.  What will you do? But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say or do…. just say Jesus!

12-7-2015 Genesis 11:1-4

Confusion

Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

In the beginning of this chapter man is trying to reach the heavens and make a name for himself.  It sounds to me like he was trying to get as high as God.  The bible tells us a different way.  James the brother of Jesus told us: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).   Jesus said: “So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16).  We should, however have aspirations.  Where we get confused is when those goals and ambitions outweigh or come before God.  Jesus said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). When we can come to understand that God created us with a purpose, we can then fulfill that purpose.   He designed each and every one of us.  He also designed us in his image and likeness.  Think of it this way….if you buy a car, and you use it for moving furniture.  It doesn’t work..right?  So when we don’t line up with the purpose that God designed us for, we don’t work.  So you ask…what is God’s purpose for me? His greatest desire is for you to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  The details of where He leads each of us will vary, however God desires us to know God’s word, to keep God’s commands, and to be a witness for Jesus Christ.  God plan for all of us unfolds each day.  The job or career is different for each of us, however God uses these things to mold us into the image of Christ.  If we try to do it without God we will ultimately fail.  Jesus said: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).  That’s pretty clear.  Follow Jesus and He will lift you up.  But if you’re still unsure and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!

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