The Dynamic Family Tree

Leah DiPascal

Day: 10 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 10

Genesis 10:32 (NIV) “These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.” 

Genesis 10 is a chapter in the Old Testament I’m tempted to scan or skip over entirely. The truth is I haven’t taken enough time to learn about my own ancestors, let alone dig deeper into someone else’s.

Each verse is filled with names I can’t pronounce and people I don’t know. But here’s the thing—genealogies give a framework and allow us as readers to place the people and events in proper context.

The genealogy that we have in Genesis 10 is different from ones we see in other places of Scripture. While the purpose of the genealogy found in Genesis 5 is to trace the lineage from father to son, the genealogy in Genesis 10 sets out to show the development of nations.  It is here that the foundation is laid for how the earth was repopulated by Noah and his descendants after the flood.

Instead of rushing through, let’s slow down and savor our key verse for today. After all, each name in Genesis 10 represents a real person. Someone who had hopes and dreams, struggles and insecurities, doubts and yes, even sin in their lives.

Each family tree that trickled down from Noah’s sons was known even before time began and placed on God’s great kingdom calendar. These families became great nations that grew and spread over the entire earth!

With each generation, choices were made and actions taken. Some good. Some bad. And the same is true for us today.

Every decision we make leads us down a path of action that can bloom beautiful blessings or sprout unfortunate consequences. Whether we realize it or not our decisions today have great impact on the next generation.

As we wake up each morning, let’s challenge ourselves by asking, “Do I want to gather blessings today or sprout unfortunate circumstances tomorrow?”

Prayer: Lord, help me to love You with all my heart and obey You with all of my strength. I want to live a life firmly committed to You. Guide my choices so they will bloom beautiful blessings for the next generation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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