"the reason for judging (c:" > Genesis chapters 10 & 11 >
Genesis chapter 10 >
Now we are sharing about what happened after Noah and his relatives got out of the ark. We just talked about how Noah cursed Canaan (Genesis 9:25) > It does not actually say Noah did not curse Ham who was the one who "saw the nakedness of his father" Noah (Genesis 9:22), and he did not curse any of the other sons of Ham . . . not that we see written here, anyway.
So, why did Noah curse Canaan and not his father Ham or all the other brothers, too??? I have an idea about this. Canaan would be living in the land which God was going to promise to Abram (Genesis 12:6-7). And the Jews would have the promised land where they could be God's chosen nation which would have the family line which would lead to Mary who would give birth to the Jews' Messiah Jesus. So, in order for that land to get into the hands of the Jews, it could have been God's plan to curse Canaan so Canaan would not keep that land. And the reason was to make sure the Jews had their land and people with the family line to have Jesus born a Jew there.
So, while God could have rightly cursed pretty much anyone and everyone, cursing Canaan could have been a "surgical" curse with God's design to have things work out for Jesus to come in flesh and blood as a Jew. So, His judging was not only about punishing Canaan, but His judging was for managing history of humans to make sure there would be the Jewish nation in their land so Jesus would be born through the Jewish lady Mary.
And this is what I consider, then > how God's judging is not only about correctly and exactly punishing wrong people, but in history He has been mainly judging in order to make sure Jesus had His Jewish nation in which to be born in flesh and blood (Hebrews 2:14-18), and then so there can be many people whom God changes to become like Jesus who is so pleasing to God. So, love for Jesus and us has so much to do with how and why God judges . . . I am considering and . . . offering (c: So, our judging needs to not be only about what people have done to us and what we deserve for justice, but about what You our Father deserve!!! (c: . . . how You are worthy to have us becoming like Jesus so pleasing to You, including how we are enjoyable to and delighting You by how we are relating with one another while worshiping and serving You.
In order for the Jews to have a land for their nation with is family line to Jesus, Canaan needed to be gotten out of their way. And, like this, before the flood . . . all those evil people were in the way; so they were removed. And now, in chapter 10 of Genesis, we see God starting over. But instead of judging any and all wrong people with death like so many would deserve, at any time . . . God is mainly concerned about His historical and eternal purposes about His Son Jesus > so, in this case of cursing Canaan, God does what we might call "surgical" judging, though any and all people will be judged in due time. God is giving attention more exactly to what will effect His plan to bring Jesus into the world. His attention is most of all to the family line of Jesus and preparing the land where Jesus would live and walk and love.
So, now we go to chapter ten of Genesis which tells us who came from the sons of Noah. From these three men and their wives have come all the people we have on this earth. One of us has asked how did Noah and his sons have children, if they did not have wives? That would take a miracle. Yes, it would, but we have Genesis 8:16-18, showing the men each had a wife. Also, to match with this, in 1 Peter 3:20 it says "eight souls, were saved through water." My arithmetic shows me that the four guys with their four wives makes . . . "eight souls". I guess none of them were pregnant, or possibly God would have included the unborn people in the count. When I count our church's attendance, our unborn people get included in the count (c:
Genesis 10:21-24 > After the flood, Noah had his three sons with him; his sons were Shem and Ham and Japheth. Shem was the father of Arphaxad who got his son Salah who then begot a son named Eber (Genesis 10:21-24). Ones understand that people are called "Hebrews" because their family line comes down from Eber. And, by the way . . . according to my Hebrew language source, the Jewish word for "across" is used to make the name "Eber" but also to build the word "Hebrew". And in Genesis 14:13 we have our example of how the Bible calls Abram "the Hebrew" > ones believe this was because Abram came in the family line of Eber. And Genesis 11:16-26 does show that Abram was in Eber's family line; plus . . . later . . . God changed Abram's name to > Abraham! (Genesis 17:5), and we know Abraham is considered to be the father of the Jews who are called Hebrews (c: So the family line of Eber goes through Abraham to the Jews of today, and this, I understand, is why flesh and blood Jews are called Hebrews.
And, of course, it is through Abraham that we have the family line that would be to Jesus. Therefore, it is through Noah's son Shem, then through Eber, and through Abraham that Jesus has his family line, in human flesh and blood history. And I am offering, that God's judging in human history has at times been directly connected with making sure the family line from Abraham to Jesus has stayed in one piece. And now His judging is mainly about all He desires to have with us His children; therefore, God's judging is not mainly just about who gets punished and who gets rewards. So, we need to keep seeking all that God's judging is most of all meant to do > even while we may have people doing very wrong things to us - - most of all the attention of our judging needs to be to making sure that we become like Jesus pleasing to our Father, and grow and learn better to be loving one another how our Father wants us to stay while first loving and intimately worshiping Him.
Instead of being so busy with what we feel we ourselves deserve, in our judging, we need to be mostly concerned about what You our Father deserve (c: The glory is to You ! ! ! (c:
I understand that the name "Eber" is the same as the Jewish vocabulary word meaning "across"; and ones understand that "across" means on or from the other side of the Jordan > meaning the eastern side from where Abram came before arriving in Canaan (Genesis 11:31-12:6). And, like the name Eber, there are Jewish names that are made of their vocabulary words that can tell us something about the person. For example, in Hebrew, when you say the name David, you are saying "Loving". If you call someone "Bethany" in Chaldean, not Hebrew, you are calling her "Date House"; and this, I understand means a house where you dry dates. So, possibly a woman given this name is someone God knew would one day be full of His sweet and nutritious fruit of His love, so He arranged for her to have this name (c: Abram's family started in Chaldea (Genesis 11:31-12:6), which is the source of names like Bethany that we see in the Bible ; so we have non-Jewish names showing up in Jewish areas, because maybe of Abram coming from Chaldea, and not all names in the early scripture are Jewish and made with Hebrew vocabulary.
I see that having vocabulary-made names is like how tribal people in America and Africa have used vocabulary words to make names to say what they know about a person; this way, you are identifying someone not just by a label but by a name that tells you something about the person so you know who you are talking about. For example, in a native tribe's language, you might be called "Running Bear" or "Lazy Turtle" or whatever tells what people in your tribal family know is true about you! In the case of Jewish names, though, God has had people get names which tell what God knows about someone. And, like how American tribal people might change the name of someone when something about the person changes, God has changed people's names > for example, the name of Abram ("high father") was changed by God to "Abraham" ("father of many" > Genesis 17:5).
While he was "Abram", he was a high father, but with no son through his own wife Sarai. But then God promised Him a son and called Him "Abraham", meaning he would be not just high as a father but a father with many people born in his family line of his own wife Sarah's son Isaac. And this can have meaning about our Heavenly Father > He does not want to be just high with His one Son Jesus, but the Father of many like Jesus.
Ones were called Hebrews, then, because they were in the family line of Eber and they were across or their family line is from across the Jordan River, on the eastern side, I understand. Joseph in Egypt was called "a Hebrew" (Genesis 39:14); because by family background he was from "across" the Jordan River, from Egypt. It might be like how ones say certain people are "from the other side of the track." And so, ones in Egypt could have looked down on him because he was not from Egypt. But "the things which are despised God has chosen," we have in 1 Corinthians 1:28. So, how people judge is not what matters or works with God ! ! ! (c: So, we have no need to worry about how conceited people judge ones who are different than themselves > however, let us make sure we are different from conceited people, by not looking down on anyone! (c: > > > "Let all that you do be done with love." (1 Corinthians 16:14) "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment." (Philippians 1:9) < here . . . I understand that "discernment" means how God's love has us judging . . . judging what to do to love each and any person, but for the sake of Your purpose, LORD, that we become pleasing to You like Jesus is, and so loving.
Genesis 10:25 > Eber was the father of Peleg. Remember that God's special reason for continuing to have humans of earth was so He can have children who are like Jesus > "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29) So, He didn't save Noah only because He found Noah to be a righteous person, I now consider, but because He desires to have many children who are like Jesus. This is something that I now would say is always involved in how God judges and manages things to happen, in history > He is making sure He continues with His plan to have children who are like His Son Jesus so pleasing to Him. "So Jesus is His vision, of how He judges and manages history." So we need Jesus to be our vision, also!! (c:
So, then, if a country is kept from a major destruction or judgment, it may not be because the country does not deserve major punishing judgment > plus, may be it is not really because the country is somehow Christian and right . . . but because God wants to have His children who are pleasing to Him like Jesus is; and so He does not just wipe out any and all wrong people but keeps them around so He can change ones of them to become like Jesus, and use wrong people to test us and refine us so we become like how Jesus was loving with even very wrong people > "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:1-2) < while Jesus was suffering and dying like that, He was "sweet-smelling" to our Father . . . busy not merely with judging those wrong people, but being about pleasing our Father; so we, too, need while going through things to be sweet about it ! ! ! (c:
What we might call justice, then, needs to not be what comes first, in how we make decisions about ourselves and people; instead of only seeking to lord ourselves and our "justice" over people, seek first to win people with our example > "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) Also - - if you do something wrong and seem to get away with it, this does not mean God is overlooking what you did, but possibly that He is more concerned with you coming out to be like Jesus; so, if you are forgiven or do not suffer rightful consequences, please make sure that you are "taking advantage of this" by changing to be more loving and "gentle and lowly in heart" (Matthew 11:29) so we are compatible with our Groom Jesus so we can spend eternity together!! (c:
What we especially need to make sure of, then, is how we are becoming "gentle and lowly in heart" like Jesus is (Matthew 11:29), so we can be loving like He in us has us relating > "with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love," (Ephesians 4:2) < this is in our Christian calling . . . not just how to judge right and wrong people, and not just what God calls us to do to serve Him and minister; but our calling is mainly about how to be holy-and-relating in God's own love. And this includes how to be sweetly pleasing to You our Father > so we are more and more like how Jesus on the cross was "a sweet-smelling aroma" (Ephesians 5:2) . . . by living in Your love's "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is" (1 Peter 3:4) so precious to You.
In chapter ten, here, we see there is quite a number of different people named. Before this, God did bless Noah (Genesis 9:1) and his family and told them to be fruitful and to multiply, and all these people came after the flood. So, the Bible telling us this shows that many people did come after God blessed Noah and his people. So, even though there had been the great flood, destroying so much, still God's blessing brought all these people and more to be living on this earth. So, like this, even if a major problem takes away so much, still blessing can bring so much more than was taken. And Jesus says, "bless those who curse you," in Matthew 5:44, and we have "not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing," in 1 Peter 3:9 < I believe this includes with each other < there will be times when ones of us do what is evil and we need to invest in blessing and our good example to win each other to do better. And here is what the angel of the LORD said to Abraham > "'In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'" (Genesis 22:18) So, we bless not only with words saying "God bless you," or by praying blessing, but we can bless by obeying God . . . and by being His good examples > "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) So, be sure to judge that blessing can bring such good. And God wants us to do this; so, even though we are not perfect, God is spiritual enough and committed to make this work!!! with us (c:
God knew each of these men who are named in Genesis chapter 10. These were real people. But in a number of cases, I see, ones of these men are mentioned by name and this is all. Possibly, many lived their lives in sin and so they never really did anything and they are lost. But God loves and cares about each one He has made. God personally has known every human who has been on this earth. And though ones are not even named in the Bible or anywhere in writings, still there are "the books" of the Day of Judgment which have their names and all they have done, I consider the Bible means in Revelation 20:12.
Genesis chapter 11 >
Genesis 11:1-9 > Everyone on earth spoke the same language, and people decided to stay in one place and build a tower there. But, I understand, God wanted the whole earth to have people; so their plan to stay put was against what God wants. So, He caused them to speak different languages so they could not understand one another and do their own thing together, I understand. And this is why we have so many different languages > so people will be in different places . . . in order that God can have many people who are His children becoming pleasing to Him and relating with Him like Jesus. God, then, is not just about judging people, or He could have just killed people in Babel because of their self seeking. But God needed to follow through with the blessing of Noah and his family (c: and our good judgment has us also mainly about blessing, so that God will have many children who are pleasing like Jesus. "But that blessing is not just for quantity but quality (c:"
Therefore, God is not only all-knowing of what has been and what will be, but He knows the reason (c:
Genesis 11:16-32 > Eber had his son named Peleg, then one son of Peleg was Reu > then came Serug > then Nahor who had a son named Terah > Terah is the father of Abram; and Haran, Abram's brother, is the father of Lot who would stay with Abram because Lot's father Haran died. So, Abram was called a Hebrew because he is in the family line of Eber. And later God changed Abram's name to Abraham. And his father is named Teran, and his brother Haran died, leaving Lot behind. So, Lot was Abram's nephew. And this information can help us be ready for Genesis chapter 12.
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