Pastor John’s Bible Stories For Grown-ups
08/25/16 – 551 – Noah & the Great Flood
After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died.
So ends our account of Noah, but we still haven’t made it full circle back to Abram and Sarai yet. There is one more pretty well-known story missing. Let’s see if we can get there in today’s reading. As you can see from the short passage above, God still hadn’t shortened man’s lifespan. If you go on to read Genesis 10, it looks like a very dry genealogy of Noah’s family. But if you read it carefully, there are some hidden gems of knowledge sprinkled in there. I’ll try to summarize for you.
The sons (descendants) of Japheth are mentioned first. They became seafaring peoples, and so became very spread out and spoke many languages.
The descendants of Ham did indeed become the Canaanites, also the Assyrians and pretty much all of the other enemies of Israel that we hear about later on. They built cities like Babylon, Nineveh, Sodom and Gomorrah. The descendants of Shem lived in the eastern hill country. It was Shem who would eventually become the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abram, who became Abraham after making his covenant with God.
If there is one thing that’s obvious from reading the Bible, it’s that man was very obedient when it came to ‘be fruitful and multiply’. They weren’t just raising families – they were building nations! But they weren’t being obedient in all things.
I notice as I read about the Line of Ham, for instance – everyone that we think of when we think of evil in scripture seems to have come from him, all that I already mentioned – all the ‘ites’. The Philistines, Goliath would have been part of that. Of course, those that were supposed to be on Israel’s side were no slouched at doing the wrong thing either – just look at the history of their kings!
It just seems that once we let sin take hold in our lives there are no limits to the damage it can do or the extent it will take you. Someone once said ‘Sin will take you where you never thought you’d be, and where you never wanted to go’ . Ham started by disrespecting his father. Some of us start with a little ‘innocent flirting’. Some start with a ‘little white lie’. But it’s just like a snowball – it keeps getting bigger and bigger, faster and faster until its out of control and has taken over your life – and now you don’t know how to stop it.
Others around you are getting hurt, and you still can’t stop it. Everything you have is being destroted as this monstrosity you have created rolls ever faster down an ever increasing slope – and you can’t stop it.
But I have some good news for you today. There is oone person who can. It’s not you, it’s not your dad, or your mom, or your best friend. It’s not even all of them together. It’s Jesus Christ. And all you have to do is ask.
So let’s make that our prayer for today, OK? If you are wrapped up in that snowball, or love someone who is – pray. If you’re not, pray a BIG prayer of thanks that God pulled you out before it was too late.