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