Genesis 9 & 10: Are You Fruitful?
Verse of the Day: (9:1) And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
1. Fruitful (9:1-7)
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering… (Genesis 4:4)
Children are God’s blessings to man, as we are all made in God’s image and for His glory. Since the beginning of creation, God made Adam and Eve to be fruitful and have many children so as to fill the earth that all may live to glorify Him. Though Adam and Eve sinned against God, yet God made a way for them to repent their sins by believing by faith that God shall send His only Son, Jesus, as a sacrificial Lamb, to die for the sins of the world. This was demonstrated by the faith of Abel, Adam’s son, when God accepted his offering of the blood of his flock, which was the prophecy of the coming of the Lamb, Jesus, who would die and shed His blood for the sins of the world. Indeed, though God has commanded us to be fruitful in bearing children, yet fruitfulness can also be defined as being obedient to God in all His commandments so that we shall receive His blessings.
2. Flood (9:8-29)
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. (9:15)
After God destroyed all except Noah and his family during the great flood for their wickedness, God promised Noah and his family by the sign of the bow (rainbow) that formed after a heavy rain, that He would never destroy man with another great flood, but instead with great fire and heat in the future (2 Peter 3:10) because of their wickedness.
3. Family (10:1-32)
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. (10:32)
We are as strong as the weakest link, and similarly, the country or the church is as strong as the weakest family. In the beginning, the Devil, God’s enemy, started the attack on the family when he deceived Adam and Eve to eat of God’s forbidden fruit, and thereby they sinned against Him. After the great flood, God commanded Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, and they did. Noah’s sons were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Shem’s descendants became the people of Israel - God’s chosen nation, while Ham’s are the dark race, and Japheth’s are the light race. However, regardless of race, all are made in God’s image, and all must repent their sins, and by faith believe that Jesus Christ is truly God’s Son so that all shall have everlasting life with Him in heaven.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be fruitful in everything for Your honour and glory.