From The Table Of Nations To The Desire of Nations

(Sermon from 7/20/14 at Christ Fellowship Church.)

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Text: Genesis 10

Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for Your Word, we love Your Word. Help us to remember, that even though Genesis 10 is difficult and awkward and can seem irrelevant to us here today, it is Your holy and inspired Word that it is like buried treasure. We thank You for Your Spirit that leads us into all truth. So we ask that you would please lead us from this difficult chapter to Your Gospel. Open our eyes and illuminate this text that we may see Christ. We ask these things for Christ’s sake. Amen!

Genesis 10 is commonly called the “Table of Nations” because it is an outline of the notable and prominent descendants from which the nations and kingdoms came. It is a history of the peoples of the world who literally all came from the 8 people God saved in the ark.

It is a partial genealogy of the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s sons. It is not exhaustive, listing every single descendant. In fact this list includes people groups and regions as well as individuals.

When Moses says “These are the generations…” this was a way to say something like, “this is what came next.” We see this same phrase used in Genesis 2:4, “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth…” It was a way to introduce the account of how something unfolded. Continue reading

A Greater Rest Than Noah

[Sermon from 7/13/14 at Christ Fellowship Church.]

 

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Text: Genesis 8:20 – 9:28

The Bible is a collection of different books written by different authors spanning centuries and covering a period of centuries. Although the Bible is made up of different books and characters, it is important to understand that it makes up one single redemptive story. This is called a metanarrative—a big picture, or an over-arching storyline.

Ultimately, the Bible is one story by one Author. It is God’s story in His own words. And while the Bible is complete and closed (meaning: we’re not adding anything else), God’s story of redemption continues well beyond the scope of the Scriptures and their original audiences, even to you and to your children and to your children’s children.

One of the things this means then, is that the story of Adam and Eve, of Noah and the flood, the genealogies and the lists, are all giving way to something. Creation, gives way to the fall. And the fall gives way to the flood and the flood gives way to a family and that family gives way to Christ and to the nations. All of the distinguishable stories and characters are being crafted together. They are all together in the good hands of the great Storyteller to culminate into one grand story of redemption and glory.

Let me give you a different analogy. Think of a baker. Think of his ingredients. Those ingredients are all unique. They are distinct and distinguishable. Some of those ingredients, taken by themselves are bitter and some are sweet, but the baker uses all of them masterfully to make exactly what he desires.

When we approach the Bible, we should try and see the metanarrative, in other words, we should always be looking for Christ and His Gospel. Frankly, that can be difficult at times.

From beginning to end, God is drawing a line to Christ and to His consummation of all things and He wants each generation to get a sense of the scope of that bigger picture. One of the ways He does this is by leading each generation through cycles of fall and redemption, blessing and curse, bitter and sweet, judgment and repentance.

As we read our text this morning, take note of the cycles and patterns. Notice the similarities between Noah and Adam for instance. Take note of the grace and sin, blessing and curse, bitter and sweet. While we look at the post-flood life of Noah and his family, keep in mind that their story is giving way to something bigger than themselves. Continue reading