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January 6 - Morning

"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 10:32

Noah’s Sons and All the Nations

Japheths’ descendants settled in the area from India across into Asia Minor and on into southern Europe. They settled on the sea coasts and became skilled sailors and traveled to distant places. These became Indo-European people.
Ham’s descendants settled in northeast Africa, Egypt, the shores of the Red Sea, southern Arabia and into the land of Assyria and Chaldea (Sumer) along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers which is modern Iraq. Ham also settled in the land of Canaan and into the area of Syria, Lebanon and Asia Minor.
Shem’s descendants are listed last, most likely because Shem is the source of the promised seed that will come through Shem to Abraham. He is listed last, but Shem is the eldest of the three sons, so special note is made in 10:21 (though some translations make Japheth the elder brother, which is most likely wrong). Shem’s descendants settled as far east as the Elamites (Mesopotamia or Babylon), the area northeast of  the land of Israel near the Tigris and Euphrates along with Ham and Japheth’s family.  The land of Ebla (Syria) and down into the Arabian Peninsula were also settled by Shem.
This chapter has covered a large area from Persia and India in the east; Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula in the south; southern Russia in the north and the isle of Crete and Libya in the west. In this list Israel will emerge from among these nations unique only because God has chosen them, not because they have a unique origin.
'Anaw (Hb) - Meek (Eng) - 'anaw is the Hebrew word that means “to be low,” “to be humble,” “to be gentle.” ‘Anaw is in contrast with the proud and the arrogant. Those who are ‘anaw are not weak or timid, but willing to repent, to be corrected, to seek a higher truth than their own opinion. The Bible consistently teaches that God favors the ‘anaw (Proverbs 3:34; Micah 6:8) and God saves the ‘anaw (Psalm 149:4).
Do I have financial debt? Am I taking action to pay off debt?
Certain types of debt are considered bondage in the Scripture.
I will seek wisdom and seek to be free from the oppression of debt.

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Treatment of women

The Dome of the Chain stands in front of the Dome of the Rock in the same position that the Jewish altar of burnt offering stood in front of the Temple.
Locations of the nations of Japheth from Genesis 10.

Someone to Quote

"If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for." - C.H. Spurgeon

Something to Ponder

In 30 AD the Jewish population was less than 0.5% of the world’s population. Today that statistic is very close to the same. It was at this time Jesus told twelve of his disciples that he was going to build his church and the gates of Hades would not over come it. Then, Jesus went to Jerusalem where he was betrayed by one of those twelve men and then crucified. Yet, the other eleven men (4 fishermen, a tax collector, a political activist, etc.) took the message of Jesus’ resurrection and started the church which today is the world’s largest religion and makes up at least 30% of the world population. (3 charts)

Here’s a Fact

The Assyrians destroyed Lachish in 701 BC. This event is recorded in 2 Kings 17:5-6 and 2 Chronicles 32:1 and Assyrian artists captured the event in a 90 long mural that they cut in stone to decorated a suite in Sennacherib’s palace in Nineveh. The details of this battle. Images of Israelites being slaughtered and taken into captivity are seen on this mural. In addition the mural depicts a siege ramp, flying Assyrian arrows and sling stones and destruction by fire, all of which have been found in the excavation of Lachish: the remains of the siege ramp, hundreds of arrows and sling stones, and layers of charred remains. (Details)


"My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another, if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!
Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler."

- Proverbs 6:1-5

Coach’s Corner

Opposition exposes weakness and resistance increases strength.

2 Kings 17:5-6
New International Version (NIV)
The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes.
2 Chronicles 32:1
New International Version (NIV)
Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
32 After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself.
Proverbs 3:34
New International Version (NIV)
He mocks proud mockers     but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
Micah 6:8
New International Version (NIV)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy     and to walk humbly with your God.
Psalm 149:4
New International Version (NIV)

For the Lord takes delight in his people;     he crowns the humble with victory.
Genesis 7
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 11
New International Version (NIV)
The Tower of Babel
11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
From Shem to Abram
10 This is the account of Shem’s family line.
Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad.
11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
Abram’s Family
27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.
28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
Job 10-11
New International Version (NIV)
“I loathe my very life;     therefore I will give free rein to my complaint     and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.

I say to God: Do not declare me guilty,     but tell me what charges you have against me.

Does it please you to oppress me,     to spurn the work of your hands,     while you smile on the plans of the wicked?

Do you have eyes of flesh?     Do you see as a mortal sees?

Are your days like those of a mortal     or your years like those of a strong man,

that you must search out my faults     and probe after my sin—

though you know that I am not guilty     and that no one can rescue me from your hand?

“Your hands shaped me and made me.     Will you now turn and destroy me?

Remember that you molded me like clay.     Will you now turn me to dust again?
Did you not pour me out like milk     and curdle me like cheese,
clothe me with skin and flesh     and knit me together with bones and sinews?
You gave me life and showed me kindness,     and in your providence watched over my spirit.
“But this is what you concealed in your heart,     and I know that this was in your mind:
If I sinned, you would be watching me     and would not let my offense go unpunished.
If I am guilty—woe to me!     Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame     and drowned in my affliction.
If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion     and again display your awesome power against me.
You bring new witnesses against me     and increase your anger toward me;     your forces come against me wave upon wave.
“Why then did you bring me out of the womb?     I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
If only I had never come into being,     or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!
Are not my few days almost over?     Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
before I go to the place of no return,     to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
to the land of deepest night,     of utter darkness and disorder,     where even the light is like darkness.”
11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“Are all these words to go unanswered?     Is this talker to be vindicated?

Will your idle talk reduce others to silence?     Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless     and I am pure in your sight.’

Oh, how I wish that God would speak,     that he would open his lips against you

and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,     for true wisdom has two sides.     Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?     Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?     They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?

Their measure is longer than the earth     and wider than the sea.
“If he comes along and confines you in prison     and convenes a court, who can oppose him?
Surely he recognizes deceivers;     and when he sees evil, does he not take note?
But the witless can no more become wise     than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.
“Yet if you devote your heart to him     and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your hand     and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;     you will stand firm and without fear.
You will surely forget your trouble,     recalling it only as waters gone by.
Life will be brighter than noonday,     and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is hope;     you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,     and many will court your favor.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail,     and escape will elude them;     their hope will become a dying gasp.”

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