The AMI QT Devotionals for October 2-8 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
Table of Nations
These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.
Genealogies can be difficult to read in the Old Testament. Often, we may think to ourselves, “I can just skip these chapters and move onto the important parts of the Bible.” This is certainly tempting, but these chapters are also God’s word, so we should not ignore them.
In the Book of Genesis, genealogies play an important role. They serve as the transition points between different sections of the Book. Chapters 10-11 essentially serve as a single genealogy (with the story of Babel sandwiched inside), which sets the stage for Abraham. Genesis 1-11 basically is an extended introduction to the story of Israel, which begins in Genesis 12 with the calling of Abraham.
But what is important to realize with this genealogy here is that all these descendants came from Noah. V.32 later in this chapter says this, “These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.” From Noah, the ancient world as we know it came to be. Remember, Noah had found favor in God’s eyes (Gen. 6:8) and was righteous and walked with God (Gen. 6:9). This was the man from whom the nations of the ancient world came to be. The nations of the earth had a heritage of righteousness and favor with God. Thus, it is not surprising that God had called Abraham to be a blessing to the nations (See Gen. 12:1-3; Gal. 3:6-9). God wanted to call the nations back to Himself.
Genesis chapter 10 is called the Table of Nations. Let us remember that our God is One who loves the nations – He is the one who formed them in the first place! There is no nation that is outside the sphere of His love and desire. Today, let’s pray for this world, for the nations, for God to restore these nations back to the heritage of righteousness and favor. May the church, the new Israel (Rom. 2:28-9; Gal. 3:7), be a blessing to the nations!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this genealogy, thank You that You are not just the God of a select few, but You are the God of the nations. May we remember Your passion to bless the nations, and may you use us to be that blessing. Lord, may we be a people who pray for Your will to be done here and abroad, as it is done in Heaven.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 62-63