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 is a good refresher chapter, a primer as we hit the chronicles of Israel.
And let’s take a look at Ham, the youngest son of Noah.
Ham wasn’t a nice guy, evidenced by his own father cursing him (or rather one of his sons, Canaan) after Ham dishonored his dad (1 v22).
In v25 Noah says, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
From Ham come a whole lot of players in these first few books of the bible we’ve been reading (and will read).
v12, the Philistines. v14, the Jebusites, who are living in Jerusalem prior to it being Israel’s city.
And the Amorites. In Numbers 21 we read that Israel wanted to pass through the land of Sihon on their way to the promised land, king of the Amorites. Sihon refused, and Israel soundly defeated him and took his cities (and lived in the land).
There’s a lot of information in chronologies when you unpack them!
Humbly ask the Lord to show us one or more important truths out of this passage this morning. And how good is it that we can trust Him that there ARE many good things to be learned, little by little, from all of His word.