Genesis

Genesis 8-11

Click here for Gen 8-11 Scriptures         Click here if you want to LISTEN to it

So if it is ok with you I would like to go back a little.  First, let’s quickly go back to 6:17-18

17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—

This is the first time Covenant is “said” in the Bible.  There are different types Covenants from God, this one is Unconditional.  God is making a promise that is one-sided.  But how cool is God that every covenant has a:

  1. The promise
  2. A sealing (sacrifice)
  3. A sign to remember it

Click here for a handout for your Binder on Covenant

Moving on to Chapter 7…..our timeline begins.  It is time get the “cute” Bible Story of Noah out of our visual reminder and really picture what this might have been like for him.  After making this box to live in with his family and the animals…(I love asking a trivia question like “How many of each clean animal was brought upon the Ark”.  If you did not underline verse 7:2-3, you may want to look again).  Also, let’s stop teaching children that he was on the ark for 40 days….

Flood

Chapter 8: Here is your map 🙂

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Why is this map important you ask? Because this was not a local flood, this was a world wide flood.   Mt. Ararat is over 17,000 feet above seal Level.

(BTW, it is killing me not to break down every scripture….)

Let’s go back to Covenant….we have the promise…now let’s seal it. (always with a sacrifice)

8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done

Chapter 9: you will need a pencil (or at least re-reread it)  It begins with a new beginning. Now, go through Chapter 9 and underline or circle the word Covenant (many times).  God refers to it as His Covenant.  It is unconditional.  This is a one sided contract!  And yes….as we predicted, we had the promise, the sealing, and of course…the sign.  Image result for rainbow

Chapter 9.  OK, so I didn’t grow up in church but I knew a guy named Noah was on an ark with giraffes (always giraffes in the pictures). But what I did not know was how the story ended! 

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Noah has 3 sons.  Japeth, Ham, and Shem. You need to know this…here is how you are going to remember who is who…

  • Japeth “J” sound=Gentiles (me and you)
  • Ham “Pigs smell and are mean”- Cursed nations- Cannaan
  • Shem-starts with an S…Salvation!- The Hebrews

Ham disgraced his Father pointing out and mocking his sin.  The consequence to Ham and his descendants is everlasting.

“Cursed be Canaan! (Canaanites)
    The lowest of slaves
    will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! (Hebrews)
May Canaan be the slave of Shem. (Hebrews)
27 May God extend Japheth’s[ (Gentile’s)territory; 
may Japeth (Gentiles)  live in the tents of Shem,(Hebrews)
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”(Gentiles)

LOOK AT THIS….It kind of makes sense huh!

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Chapter 10 Table of nations…. (In an effort to keep this blog from going on forever, here is an abbreviated version of Chapter 10.  However if you ponder on it now, I think it will make sense.

Chapter 11- The Tower of Babel

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11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. (why??  I thought you were supposed to populate the earth?)

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. (why are you making your own resources God clearly said he would provide for you) Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves (a monument to yourself?  Not a temple to worship God like most ziggurats were used for) a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens (God already has a plan for that), so that we may make a name for ourselves (Uggg); otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Umm, LIke God told you to??)

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us Image result for orange triangledown and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Us verse Image result for orange triangle  situation!

I am going to stop at 11:10 and pick that up in a visual when we get back to Genesis!

6 thoughts on “Genesis 8-11

  1. If you are wondering why there are so few comments it is because everyone thinks their question is stupid so they text it to me! I am telling you the most BASIC questions are usually the hardest to answer. I always keep people in my life that I can ask say “this is a dumb question but why…” (and they NEVER judge how basic the question is). But I encourage you to ask publicly for others to ponder

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  2. I was a newbie to reading God’s word straight through, chronologically, until you did this the first time a few years ago. I remember that I didn’t know what didn’t know until y’all asked questions. Does that make sense? I was so thankful to all the questions and Patricia’s answers. So, please, please ask questions here. We will all be so blessed as we do this together. Thank you, all! 🙂

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    1. Dawn! I don’t know why people won’t ask questions…In the past 30 minutes I have texted 4 people questions about the first 2 chapters in Job. (I like to spread it out so I don’t look overly stupid to just one person…) One of the questions was a grammar question…I left like a 1st grader. Anyway by now I would have asked…

      1. So if God knows everything, he must have known Adam and Eve were going to sin. So why make that an option and ruin everything??
      2. If a scientist finds a rock and carbon dates it 1 billion years ago…how do I deal with that…
      3. Who did Adam’s kids marry?
      4. Why did people live hundreds of years and how come I am hoping to make it to 50?
      5. Why did Eve say that God said “we can’t even touch it” when God never said that!
      6. What does crush your head, and strike your heel mean?
      7. What did the seal look like on Cain that people knew not to touch him?
      8. What is a Nephilim and why are woman having a sex with them?
      9. If you look at a timeline, did Methuselah die in the flood?
      10. Did the Pride community choose a rainbow flag based off the rainbow in the Bible?
      11. How did Noah have the “power” to curse nations?

      These are just a few I might have asked on a read through (on the first day). I have asked many of them to Rachel but it was more like “WTF Rachel, why in Sam’s Hill would God even put the snake into the equation if He knew we were going to take a bite, or is this some story someone made up to teach a lesson”.

      I hope some discussions come up but if not that’s ok….The Reading is definitely the most important part, not the blog or the questions. 😉

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  3. I have been recently faced with the idea that as Gentile believers that are grafted in to the family, we should be following Torah. (Including eating clean vs unclean and following the appointed feasts). In my praying and pondering this (it doesn’t feel quite right to me since Jesus fulfilled the Law and that we are no longer bound by Law), Gen 9:3 sticks out to me. Clearly the idea of clean and unclean were established bc of the animals that come onto the ark. Did God establish clean and unclean for the Jews that were moving into the Promised Land only? Or was it for all Jews for all time? Or for us as well? Lots to pray about….

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    1. I would say continue to pray about it. I think it’s a great concept to wrestle over. I think if you had a purpose in it, like building your relationship with the Lord, then you should consider it. I wouldn’t want to dismiss any part of the OT just because we live on the fulfilled law side. Now as far as the Ark, you know that God wanted to totally repopulate the earth so he needed all the animals. In reference to the clean and unclean, at this point in history, both are suitable for eating according to 9:3 (this will change in Leviticus 11 for a totally different reason). I think they are categorized into two sections because of sacrifices. God modeled in Genesis 3 the only way to cover our sins was through the sacrificing of something innocent (clean) I love using big words…makes me feel like a marinated Christian….Substitutionary Atonement!!. This clean animal (a foreshadow of Jesus), could never be a scavenger or bottom feeder. It must be a perfect and spotless substitute! So I think the purpose in the categories clean/unclean is to say “Hey, we only need a pair of those pigs on the Ark, BUT you best bring 14 perfect lambs since we are going to need some for sacrificing and some for repopulating”. Steph, have you considered Paul’s statement on this topic? (Not Paul McCartney….Paul from the Bible)

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      1. I have looked at Paul’s teachings as well. So far, I haven’t felt conviction over it but I don’t want to rule anything out. I don’t want my tradition to supersede God’s Word. I fear that my leaning toward these concepts are strictly legalistic rather than conviction from the Lord. Trying to earn my way… that’s why I am continuing to pray and wrestle.
        Thanks for the new insight on the why of clean and unclean. Never thought about it that way!!

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