These two books are not prophetic, but give guidance to the returning exiles in their struggles to restart and rebuild. Israel’s history teaches us good practical theology. This genealogy tells us that Israel had three roots – Adam, Noah, and Abraham. Skim over the names but think about the ones you know.
This first chapter can be read as a sort of primer as we come to the chronicles of Israel.
Let’s take a look at Ham, the youngest son of Noah.
Ham doesn’t seem to have been a very nice person, evidenced by his own father cursing him (through his son, Canaan) after Ham dishonored his father (Genesis 9).
Noah says there,
“Cursed be Caanan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
From Ham comes a vast array of peoples that have been a part of Israel’s history.
The Philistines. The Jebusites (lived in Jerusalem before David took it). The Amorites.
In Numbers 21 we read that Israel wanted to pass through the land of Sihon on their way to the promised land. The king of the Amorites refused, and God gave Israel a great victory – They took the cities and lived in them for a time.
There is a lot of information packed into even just a chapter full of genealogies!
* God Above,
Please show us today truth from Your word. Please teach us what You want us to know from this passage today.
Thank You that we can trust in You and Your word.
Please Lord we pray that You would forgive us our sin, our disobedience.
Little by little, day by day, please write Your word on our hearts that we might not sin against You.