Monday 27 May, 2019

Genesis 11:10-26

10 This is the account of Shem’s family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father[a] of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters. 12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.[b] 14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. 18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. 22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. 24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. 26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

I was always confused by these genealogies in scripture because I never knew how to approach them or what I am meant to walk away knowing.  However, in reading and researching this particular passage and the power of genealogies I realised that they are crucially important.  It’s through Genealogies that God shows us how much he loves history.  He shows us how he loves to work through family lines.  In this passage it begins with Shem, who is Noah’s son and concludes with Abraham whose line Jesus comes from. I love this because it shows us how all the bible stories we know and live interwork and fit together in order to show us Gods big redemptive plan for humanity.  This passage also shows us that God loves to involve every generation and imperfect person within his plan and purposes. We also see that God loves to work through families, which I love because as the Church we are one big family which God intends to work through and we get invited to take part and in his plan and purpose.

As we read this passage consider how crucial it is to God that he includes every generation in his plan, showing us how he loves to work through human beings to bring his plan and purpose to the earth.

Lord, Thank you for your word.  Thank you that you are loving, kind and so interested in every detail of our lives.  Thank you that through your word you show us how much you love history and love to work through us your sons and daughters, to reveal who You are to the world. Help us today to remember this invitation and step out with boldness and courage to share who you are today through our words and actions.  I love you! Amen!

Written by Ps. Annique Botta

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