Day 4: From The Flood To The Patriarchs
When I was a little kid, probably in kindergarten, I remember seeing someone with a big kit of various coloring materials. You know, the kind that looks like a plastic briefcase tapos pag binuksan mo may set ng color pens (the thick ones and the thin ones too), color pencils, crayons, scissors, sharpener, and even oil pastels. Nung makita ko yun naalala ko I whispered a silent wish na sana magkaroon din ako nun. Just a silent wish. Not even a prayer. I couldn’t ask my parents to buy one because I know we couldn’t afford. I was trained not to ask for things I want.
Years passed. I have forgotten that. Until when I am on sixth grade. A balikbayan auntie gave me a gift. Guess what? It was probably just random for her because she really didn’t know me – that I draw and sketch and somehow excel at that in school. Pagkakita ko agad sa coloring set, nag-flash kaagad sa isip ko yung silent wish na binanggit ko years back. Nakalimutan ko na palang hiniling ko yun noon… but God remembered.
No, God did not forget.
Isang bagay ang tumatak sa isip ko that time, God cares about those little things in my life. It’s amusing to wonder why. But that’s what He is – a God who cares. Even at the littlest details of our lives. Kahit pa hindi ako nag-pray, He still gave it to me. Two things I learned from that which could also be derived from the readings from Noah’s descendants to Abraham’s family: (1) God is concerned about the details of our lives and (2) He is a promise-keeper.
When mankind has forgotten God since centuries have passed since The Flood, God could have destroyed the Earth again. But He made a promise to Noah. At this time wala pa nga namang covenant ang tao with God, pwedeng sabihin ng tao na, “Hindi naman ako nag-promise.” But even though man forgets, God does not.
(Pero that possible thinking of mankind probably led God to choose a man to whom He will make a covenant with humanity. And that leads us to Abraham. But first, we will examine Job’s life who apparently precedes Abraham by a few years or decades.)
Have you ever experienced God’s faithfulness in the small details of your life?
Do you remember small miracles?
Will you count them now and take note how many times God has been mindful of you?
How will you respond to such love and attention given to you?
May you find in your heart the desire to gratify God in all that He has done for you. Amen.
IN-DEPTH VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURE PASSAGES
Noah’s Descendants (Genesis 9:18-19, 10:1-32; 1 Chronicles 1:5-27)
‘Eto yung part na madalas nakakatamad basahin. All those names… nakakatuksong i-skip ng pagbasa. But a reminder for myself and to you: ‘wag tayong magpadala sa tukso! The Bible as a whole is still the Word of God. Walang sayang at walang “tapon” sa Bible. So don’t skip reading all those names… and as you read, pray in your heart as you ask God why He allowed such seemingly dull narration to be part of the Bible.
Obviously hindi siya insignificant. In a historical point of view, ipinapakita nito na totoo ang mga nakasulat sa Genesis 1-11. If the first part of the first Book of the Bible is simply an imaginative storytelling, how imaginative the writer must be! Grabe yung details! I challenge you, find a novel or a work of fiction that can be as detailed as this in terms of family tree. Wala ngang sinabi ‘yung family tree ni Harry Potter dito! And take note of the choice of words (although translated in English) like the ones in parentheses in 9:18 and 10:5. The writer makes a side comment or explanation as if the reader is being connected to a known group that is still existent, if not physically maybe in memory. And the fact that all these is recorded again in Chronicles which is a historical narration, it is beyond reasonable doubt na totoo yung lineages na nakasulat dito.
And kung totoo ang contents ng Genesis 9 and 10, why should the other chapters in Genesis 1-11 be different? The account of Creation, the Fall of Man, the Nephilims, the destruction of the earth and its inhabitants during The Flood, and the Tower of Babel – all these are real events!
Noah’s Vineyard and Drunkenness (Genesis 9:20-21)
Curse of Ham (Genesis 9:22-27)
Death of Noah (Genesis 9:28-29)
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
Shem to Abram (Genesis 11:10-26)
BIRTH OF ABRAM [ABRAHAM] APPROX 1967 BC
Abram’s Family (Genesis 11:27-30)