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Lesson # Genesis 11:10-26
Study Material - Genesis 11:10-26
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10 These are the records of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old, and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood; 11 and Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and he had other sons and daughters. 12 And Arpachshad lived thirty-five years, and became the father of Shelah; 13 and Arpachshad lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Shelah, and he had other sons and daughters. 14 And Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber; 15 and Shelah lived four hundred and three years after he became the father of Eber, and he had other sons and daughters. 16 And Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg; 17 and Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and he had other sons and daughters. 18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu; 19 and Peleg lived two hundred and nine years after he became the father of Reu, and he had other sons and daughters. 20 And Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug; 21 and Reu lived two hundred and seven years after he became the father of Serug, and he had other sons and daughters. 22 And Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor; 23 and Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and he had other sons and daughters. 24 And Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah; 25 and Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and he had other sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
Gods plan moves right on despite the plans of mankind. Man refused to go to the lands God designated. Man refused to divide up into the nations as God had directed, but a quick change of language and mans plans were foiled. In the time before the flood, life spans were long, about 900 years or so, and did not diminish throughout the 1656 years prior to the flood. After the flood the life spans dropped rapidly. By the time we get to Jacob, in about 600 years, the life spans will have dropped into the 140's. Even from Noah to the second generation after him, Arphaxad, the life span will have been cut in half to the 400's and in just three more generations the life span will have been cut in half again to the 200's.
Man declined rapidly to the time of Abraham. Simultaneously the plan of God moves on unhindered. The line of Christ is sustained despite the weaknesses of the human race. Man has already demonstrated that a log life span and the sin nature are a bad combination. Mans attitude went south before the flood and certainly immediately after the flood, so for the sake of mans preservation, the life spans were shortened, which minimizes the effect the son nature can have on the human race. Even with the shorter life span man can certainly screw things up. This shortening occurred not because of some decay in the planet, but probably designed by God in the genetics of man in some way. Even our life spans of 80's and 90's in our current day is not much to brag about when compared to the days of Noah, who had no vitamins or modern medicine. Of course he did not have to eat any of our fast food either. Hummmm!
Moses blazes through the next 300 years to the time of Abraham. During that time peoples moved eastward, northward, southward, and westward. By the time we get to Abraham, the Canaanites had already settled the land of Canaan. The Egyptians were settling into Egypt, Thebes and Memphis had been constructed, Nineveh and Assyria had already been formed on the Tigris river. Greek settlements and greek Gods (named after the great men who lived prior to the flood) were coming into being, and the first Chinese dynasty was forming. This is all happening in the period between 2000 and 2500 BC.
As the various civilizations were developing, as well as various religions, the line of Christ continued without much incident. Man had stabilized somewhat in that he was moving away from each other, and was busy building his different nations and exercising his sin nature but on smaller and more local scales. Sodom and Gomorrah were growing and degenerating and heading on their collision course with judgment.
Though we have rather idle moments in our lives. This doesn't mean that God has fallen asleep, that things elsewhere in the world have fallen idle as well. Contrary, man has a sin nature. Mans plans are destined for disaster. The bad guys out there are plotting their plots, and economies are taking their trip through what ever future lay before us. As in Solomon's time if Bible doctrine remains in front of us them prosperity continues, but if Bible doctrine gets set aside, then disaster lurks just around the corner. Prosperity has been with us in general ever since the end of World War II. Will it stay with us another year, another decade, another century? No one knows. But then our prospects in this world are not the issue. We need to simply study our Bible daily, remain in fellowship, advance in our spiritual life, and apply doctrine to our daily lives. Let God worry about the problems of tomorrow and provide for whatever our needs are for today as well as tomorrow. So if tomorrow brings prosperity or disaster, it won't matter. We will be ready and we'll cruise through it smoothly.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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