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Summary: Genesis records the immediate familial path to Abram. We continually walk within the paths of God’s providence. Where do we encounter it? We encounter/touch God’s Providence in/thru...

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ENCOUNTERING GOD’s PROVIDENCE—Genesis 11:10-32

Attention:

The House that Jack Built—All things are tied to others so that their relation one to another cannot be fully discerned.

Need:

Genesis records the immediate familial path to Abram.

We continually walk within the paths of God’s providence.

Where do we encounter God’s providence?

3 encounters within God’s providence.

PROVIDENCE:

“The continuing action of God by which He preserves in existence the creation which He has brought into being, & guides it to His intended purposes.”...It is the governance of God by which all events in the universe “fulfill His plan for it.”—Millard Erickson

“From the beginning God has ordered the course of events toward Jesus Christ & His incarnation.” “...the world & our lives are not ruled by chance or by fate but by God, who lays bare His purposes of providence in the incarnation of His Son.”—T. H. L. Parker in EDT

*Minimally 3 Players in Providence’s continuance:

-Freedom—Individual & Group(familial to global) choices & decisions.

-Actions—God can Prevent, Permit, Direct or Limit activity(Christ-honoring &/or sinful).

-Circumstances—Good & bad—Governed by any means perceived & unperceived.

BACKGROUND:

Much of the wording of this genealogy is reminiscent of Adam’s genealogy in chapter 5.

However there is one glaring difference...there is no specific mention of death except :28, 32! Chapter five is interlaced with the words, “& he died.” This may be a hint that the world was wholeheartedly moving toward an inevitable death with the Flood. By contrast, the obvious sparsity of a specific mention of death in 11:10-32 may signal mankind’s movement toward life thru God’s promises.—John MacArthur

This is a more focused genealogy of Shem than in 10:21-30.

10:21-30 follows Shem thru Joktan.

11:10-32 follows Shem thru Peleg.

10:22 recognizes 5 sons of Shem—

“The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, & Aram.”

It concisely mentions Shem’s grandsons thru Aram.

It also follows Shem’s lineage thru Arphaxad to his son, Salah...Salah to his son, Eber..& Eber’s sons Peleg & Joktan. Peleg’s progeny is not mentioned & Joktan thus becomes the focus of this(Gen. 10:25-30) genealogy.

11:10-32 follows Shem’s line through Arphaxad only. There is no mention of siblings as these have been dealt with in 10:21-31. Thereby 11:10-32 brings only a cursory mention of other children stating in :11 only that, “After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, & begot sons & daughters.” Besides this, the focus of this chapter is to bring us to Abram so that we know his beginnings, as he is of vital interest to the remainder of the story of mankind in relation to God. Abram is indeed not mythical but is the same as you & I as will soon be reported in following chapters & indeed thruout the rest of Scripture.


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