May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018
Read Genesis 10
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Scripture- Genesis 10:32- These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood.
Observations- Chapter 11 seeks to point out the internal unity of all people; that is, all of these people listed- no matter how far they traveled from one another or their political differences- they arose from one family and were created in the image of God. The nations are blessed and they are fruitful and multiplying as was declared in Genesis 1:28: "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it."
Application- No matter how different we are, no matter how many different cultures exist, and no matter what underlying conflicts there are that we struggle with to resolve and heal there will always be an undeniable and unbreakable bond in the heart of God: "We are created in His image." Many people will refuse to honor this truth, but we know better, and must seek to live out this reality today and everyday.
Prayer- Lord, there is a special bond between brothers and sisters in Christ- those who have stepped over the line of faith and said, "Yes, I will follow Jesus," but help us remember to think of and treat all of the people You love so much as those created in Your very own image. Even when someone acts in a way that indicates they don't care about how precious they are to You, we aren't off the hook from loving them. In fact, we are precisely on the hook for loving them- just like Jesus loved. Help us with that today, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:43-45a),
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