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 of Covenants from God, this one is Unconditional. God is making a promise that is one-sided. But every covenant has a:
- The promise
- A sealing (sacrifice)
- A sign to remember it
The names of the Covenants are:
- Noahic (Noah)
- Abrahamic (Abraham)
- Mosaic (Moses)
- Davidic (David)
- Messianic (Jesus)
Moving on to Chapter 7…..our timeline begins. After making this Ark we begin the familiar Flood story. Here is a timeline so that we stop thinking this is a 40-day cruise.
Chapter 8: Here is your map 🙂
Why is this map important you ask? Because this was not a local flood, this was a worldwide flood. Mt. Ararat is over 17,000 feet above sea 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.
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!
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- Canaan (enemies of God)
- 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, (insert the words if it helps)
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! (Hebrews)
May Canaan (enemies) 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 (enemies) be the slave of Japheth.”(Gentiles)
LOOK AT THIS….It will make sense to some. If it doesn’t it will!
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.
- Shem (26 nations)- Assyria, Syria, Asia Minor area
- Ham (30 nations)- Africa, Middles East, Ethiopia, Libya area
- Japheth (14 nations)- Europe, Iran, India, Central Asia
(70 total nations- I will break some down in comments in case anyone wants some extra information on this)
The line that we are going to follow for most of Genesis will be the nations of Shem
Chapter 11- The Tower of Babel: (Bab El means the Gateway to God)
Back in Chapter 9:1 is says-“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.”
11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar (modern day Iraq) and settled there. (why?? I thought you were supposed to populate the earth?)
3 They said to each other, “Come, let us 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) 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city,(a monument to yourself? Not a temple to worship God like most ziggurats were used for) 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??)
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 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. 7 Come, let usdown and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 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 situation!
End of Post: If you decide to read the last part you are officially a Bible Geek. (join the club, we are fun at parties.) 🤪
Since this year I feel that some of you are ‘geeky’ like me I followed this scripture: 10:25
25 Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.
Why that one? Good question! The name Eber is possibly where the word Hebrew originated. So which line did the Hebrews come from? Peleg or Joktan? Draw an arrow in your Bible (if you are a geek 🤓) to 11:18 “When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of… (then to) 26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
Ok, one more cool one for those who may have read the Bible before 2021 🤓: Nimrod!
8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.
Why is this another cool one to look at? Nimrod means “Rebel” in Hebrew. He was a mighty warrior ‘before the Lord’ means ‘in front of or against the Lord’. Nimrod was the 1st ruler of two major cities Babel (Babylon) and Nineveh (Assyria). The two nations that will take Israel into Captivity in 722 and 586!
I am going to stop at 11:26 and pick that up in a visual when we get back to Genesis!
7 thoughts on “Genesis 8-11”
Just want to say that these are chapters I have kind of sped through in the past. They are way deeper than I realized. The visuals definitely put them together in my mind better.
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OK, so geography (not everyone’s “thing”) But I think it’s important to know the general area that we are in for Historical purposes, as well as modern-day news. I am NOT going to assume everyone knows this is the Middle East (I did not know a few years ago). https://readingthebible2021com.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/middle-east.pdf
Click here if you need a visual 👀🧠. But here are some things if you write in your Bible.
Gomer-Northern England, Scotland area
Magog- Russians Slavs, Bulgarians, Polish
Mada- Mede (Persia), India, Iran, Kurdish
Javan- Greeks, Macedonia, eventually Rome
Tubal & Meshek- North of the Black Sea (Tubalsk and Moscow)
Tiras- by the Aegean Sea
Put- Algeria and Libya area
**Canaan- modern Lebanon, portions of southern Syria, and Israel.
**In Genesis 15 when God is making a covenant with Abraham, the Bible says- 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
Elam- (one of the 5 kings in Chapter 13 is from Elam)
Ashur- part of Assyria
Arphaxad & Lud-Libya
Aram- Damascus (this is where we get the Aramaic Language Jesus speaks)
Uz- Northern Arabia/Jordan (The book of Job tomorrow)
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🙀 I like Geography! This is very helpf!
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Awesome. I always thought it was neat that there’s prophesy of Jesus right here…Japheth would dwell in the tents of Shem. We are adopted in❤️. We dwell in Him (as his).
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Thank you for the maps and insight on today’s reading. I went back and circled th word Covenant. 7 times it was mentioned. Sign of completion. Gods word has no coincidences so I thought that was pretty interesting. His covenant was a “complete” covenant! If that’s even a thing, ha!
Here are my extra thoughts from today:
*8:1 “But God remembered Noah…” There’s that “But God” that we will see all year through out the Bible. 😁 Life is hard….”But God”, I’m in a storm…”But God”….this happened to me…”But God”. 😉 Then there’s the “remembered Noah” part. Noah was in a major storm and God did not forget him!! When I go through storms in my life, God remembers me JUST LIKE he remembered Noah!!!👏🎉
* 8:19 All of the birds and animals “came out of the boat pair by pair”. There was order in the midst of chaos!!! And just like the Lord brought the animals to him, he sent them away as well. God is orderly when their is confusion! You know that boat wasn’t quiet, ha! There had to be a LOT of confusion!! But yet the animals got off the boat by pairs. They didn’t rush out and scramble to get out after 380 days of togetherness. My take away was the awe that the chaos was orderly. Isn’t that just like our lives?? It’s messy and stinky but there is order to our stinky mess sometimes. 😉
Oh….one thing that confused me was 9:25, if we each pay for our own sins, why did Canaan have to pay for the sin of his father?? 🤔 Was it because Ham disrespected/dishonored his dad therefore his son would disrespect/dishonor him?? 🤷🏻♀️ Also, did you notice that twice Ham is mentioned but it’s “father of Canaan” and then when Canaan was mentioned it was “son of Ham”. They didn’t have their own identity. They were not just Ham or Canaan. They were someone’s father or son. Not sure the significance of that, just found that interesting and confusing. 😳
Thank you for the breakdown of the three families, that is a very helpful way to remember. 😁
Again, sorry for the lengthy post, ha!
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The introduction to hunting!
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All of these comments are so helpful!