January 13, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 10

In today’s passage we get to see the account of Noah’s sons and the nations that descended from them. This means we just spent the last 10 or so minutes reading “this person fathered these people, and this other person fathered these other people, and so on and so forth.” Not always the most riveting read, right? I have to admit, that was my initial reaction as well, until I began to dig deeper. If we focus on this list in the context of history we can see the implication of sin and the legacy that we leave behind.

To understand this better, let’s recap a bit from the previous couple of chapters we’ve read. First, because of Adam’s sin, man became so sinful that God wiped the earth clean with a flood and decided to restart with Noah. Next, God blessed Noah and told him and his sons to “be fruitful and multiply.” However, it wasn’t but a couple of paragraphs later that Noah planted a vineyard and became drunk. This is the first sin recorded after Noah and his family got off the ark. Finally, Noah’s son, Ham found him naked and decided to sin against his father by mocking him. Because of Ham’s sin, a curse was put on him that didn’t leave his house for generations.

The sin of Ham had major implications on the legacy he left. For example, from Ham came Egypt, who later enslaved the Israelites, and through Egypt came the Philistines, who battled the Israelites and are most famous for their mighty warrior Goliath, who fell at the hands of David. Also, from Ham came Cush, who fathered Nimrod. From Nimrod came the city of Nineveh, which is best known as the city Jonah tried to flee from because of how evil it was. Let us not forget Canaan, whose territory included Sodom and Gomorrah, a city that became so evil God destroyed it by fire.

I know these examples seem extreme, right? Can one “little” sin really cause this much destruction? The reality is.. yes. My goal is not to minimize the cross or expect us to obtain perfection in this life. We should definitely hold tight to the gospel and remember that there is grace and forgiveness through Christ. We must also remember that sin still has consequences in this world.

Let today’s passage push us to fight sin. Ask yourself, how am I fighting sin? How am I leading out in my home? Who am I pouring into? Live today as a reflection of Christ and leave a legacy of the gospel..

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

15 thoughts on “January 13, 2011”

  1. Thanks so much Chad. You are absolutely right that “sin still has consequences in this world”. God’s word tell us in Romans that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.) Thank you God for giving us your son so that the wages we earn through our sin can be canceled by the mercy and grace of Jesus’ blood spilled on the cross.

  2. I love that even a list of this person came from that person can give such convicting insight when it is found in God’s Word. Thank you Chad for helping us all dig deeper. Great questions and great challenge!!

  3. Chad…..Thank you for you clear explanation allowing us to see deeper into these passages. It definetly describes in detail the consequences for sin.

  4. It’s amazing to see the progression of sin. Through the itroduction of sin into the world through Adam’s original sin and how it snowballed into a world of sin. Then mankind is preserved through 1 man and his family because he was abiding in God and then sin being perpetuated through that same man’s sin. Our sin not only affects us but many others around us. Makes you also stop and think about how our words affect those around us.

  5. Chad,
    Thanks for highlighting the awful generational consequences of sin. Also, the other side of this is the tremendous legacy we can leave our children and grandchildren by righteous living (Exodus 20, Deut 5).

  6. Also without God not letting Noah’s sons repopulate the earth we wouldn’t be here. So theoretically he “saved” us before he saved us.!!! This is just something I saw as I was reading.

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