Genesis 9:18-10:32 – A New Beginning and Hope for the Nations

A funnel is an instrument for concentrating the flow of something from a wide area into a small area. That’s what’s happening here [in this text]. Although it appears that God is working only with nations, the end of the chapter reminds us that the line of promise goes from one man to another. Shem is the neck of the funnel. The line that started with Adam goes to Noah, then to Shem, on to Peleg, eventually to Abraham, and thousands of years later will climax with the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The flow of the biblical story moves from many nations to one man, Abraham, through whom all the nations on earth will be blessed. And how will this blessing come to the nations? Through the ultimate “Seed of Abraham,” the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus at the end of Genesis 10, we come face to face with Jesus Christ. He is the goal of every part of the Bible. Genesis 10 ends with the nations divided and in rebellion against God. And to a world in a rebellion, God says, “I love you!” This is the message of the gospel. And the question becomes very personal. If God has arranged all the events of history to bring his Son to the world, then you must eventually answer this question: “What have you done with Jesus?” Truth demands a personal response. All that I have written is just an academic exercise if it does not lead you to personal faith in Christ.

History is His Story. You cannot live without him. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.

Ray Pritchard

Read Genesis 9:18-10:32. As we progress through this genealogy we can see God working through history. In the details of these people lives they may not have seen this and maybe in the details of your life it’s hard to see God’s hand at work. How can you this week take some time to reflect on his work and the power of the gospel in your life?

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing by John Wesley

Posted on: October 29, 2015 - 10:00PM

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