January 14, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 10

It has been a fantastic re-launch of Jumpstart! We are so glad that you are a part of it with us. Before we talk about the passage, would you let us know how we can pray for you? If it is something you’d be willing to share, please post it in the comments section. Let’s lift each other up today.

Gen10-Map.jpgSo… What happened after the flood and how did the world re-fill? Genesis 10 gives us those answers. It walks through the people God used to repopulate the planet and the different places they would inhabit. This commentary gives a quick summary:

The Clans, Languages, Lands, and Nations. This entire passage sets out, largely in the form of lists, how the descendants of Noah’s three sons populate different regions of the earth. Additional details of special interest are occasionally added. This genealogical-geographical passage is describing a process that covered a long time, as family clans migrated to particular regions (see map). The ancestor after whom the clan or tribe is named may not have lived in the region that later bears his name. Each of the three main parts of this section concludes with a reference to clans, languages, and nations (vv. 5, 20, 31).

On a funny note, don’t you love some of these names? Most of them are on the “don’t name my kid that” list. I think Cush was mad for being named Cush so he named his kid Nimrod. Nimrod acted out because of being named Nimrod and turned into an aggressive warrior/hunter. Just kidding… but really though.

A few observations about this chapter:

• The author wanted to make clear that the flood happened. No doubt about it in his mind; it happened and it is historically verifiable.

• This chapter is in light of what happens in the next chapter (Babel), specifically regarding languages/nations. It seems weird, but it does make some sense when you see the flow of ch. 9 into 10. I see it as “here’s the global BIG PICTURE landscape after the flood”, and ch. 11 tells you how it happened.

What did you see in this passage today? Anything jump out at you?

By: Todd Thomas

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.

29 thoughts on “January 14, 2016”

  1. What I saw that was interesting to me is that v.25 talks about earth being divided. That explains how it happened that there are people living on all continents.

  2. he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” – Genesis 9:25…Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, – Genesis 10:15

    Might keep an eye out on Canaan. They are the folks that occupy the promised land to Israel. But “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete,” (Genesis 15:16) so…we won’t see that confrontation for a little while.

    Nimrod had a brother: Axlerod. Both were cousin to StaffenRod. I wonder if his friends called him Rodney…

  3. Hey Todd,
    There are names worse than Cush & Nimrod. The 60’s & 70’s musician Frank Zappa named his children Dweezil Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, & Diva Zappa. Haha!

    What does any of this have to do with insights from Genesis 10? Nothing !
    Just thought it was funny! Blessings CPC!

  4. I am so excited about the awesome response that jumpstart is getting. Love all the comments, a great way to start the day. I would like to ask everyone to pray for my best friends recovery. He passed out at work Monday, while at the hospital, found out that he actually had an irregular heart beat and he flat lined. He is having a pace maker put in this afternoon as a precaution. His name is Teron, if everyone could pray for his recovery it would be awesome.

  5. So this got me wondering why the name Nimrod took on a negative meaning as we hear it used today.

    Apparently Bugs Bunny in early cartoons used to mock Elmer Fudd with the name as he hunted him (obviously unsuccessfully). Kids picked up the term and hence let the name calling begin. There is your one piece of worthless information for trivia one day. 🙂

    On a more serious note doing Jumpstart with the CPC family has been a real blessing as we’ve started going through the Bible again. Please pray for consistency in making this a daily habit for myself and my prayer is the same for others.

    Thanks Todd for the insight this morning and for all the writers of the commentaries!

  6. Thanks Todd for the passage this morning. Pray that I continue to stay devoted to my morning devotion and continue my scripture memorization. Since passion 2016 God has really been working in my life and I don’t want to let that flame burn out.

  7. I just think it’s interesting that from one family the whole world was divided… The descendants of Shem vs the descendants of Ham. We’ll see that play out later.

  8. I love all of the commentary. I’m not able to comment ALL of the time as I take the 15 minutes before school begins to read and pray. Today even that was delayed a bit but I thank several of you for the chuckles.

    As for prayers, specifically I am asking for prayers of healing. I came back to work probably before I should have and I’m still very swollen a month after. I will have my stitches taken out tomorrow, but I’m still in “pain” in that all of the incisions are burning and itching as they heal…which makes me more irritable and I’ve tried to focus specifically on not letting it affect me too much, but sometimes it affects me, my attitude, and therefore others around me.

    Also pray for Wes for guidance on a certain situation.

    And finally for my kids here at school. With the cold weather especially, but a lot of their family lives seem to be getting worse…

  9. Please pray for Daniel and I as we continue working, start school again, continue wedding planning, and really get into premarital counseling. Jumpstart has been a great way for us to encourage each other, to read the Bible, and to pray together everyday!

  10. Thanks Todd for the commentary and posting the map really helped me to understand it better. Keep Miles and I in your prayers, we are both sick with sinus infection. Pray for me, I have been having health issues ever since my knee replacement. We will be praying for each prayer request that was posted today.

  11. Lord we pray for all these needs today for healing , for encouragement ,and to just draw us all closer to you . Help all that participate in Jump Start to feel your Love and give those going through trying times Your Peace and Your Direction in Jesus ‘ name, Amen

  12. Please pray that I continue with my devotion to reading Jumpstart in the morning. Reading God’s word to start out my day has been one of the best decisions that I have made, other than marrying my wife.;-) I also have a second prayer request, my cousin that is very dear to me came to visit this past weekend and through our conversations I could tell that he was struggling with a few different things right now. I just ask that you pray for him to find comfort within his struggles through Jesus Christ. I know deep in my heart that with him by his side he will be able to conquer any struggles or fears that he is currently facing. Thank you for your message today, Todd. Have a great day!

  13. Two days late … playing catch up this morn.
    My heart cry is that my three daughters would have a heart for God and that He would be glorified in our family. When I was walking in rebellion the Lord Jesus so gently and sweetly, yet persistently wooed me back. He made Himself irresistible to me. I pray He will do the same with my three girls.
    Remind each of them Lord that at one time they gave their heart to You. Keep it ever in the back of their mind and draw them back.

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