Genesis 10 and 11 Today’s generation is interested in studying genealogy. They study their family line and record their ancestors and learn much about each person beyond their birth date and death date. Moses was the first to list a genealogical record. From him, we have the history of Noah’s family. Interestingly in Genesis 10, we do not read anyone besides Noah in the Table of the Faithful as listed in Hebrews. We might take note that even as righteous as Noah was, his descendants were not.
When we read this list, do we stop and ask, are my descendants, both living and dead, righteous like Noah, who was faithful to build an ark to save his family? Or do we stop and look at our family record and see what the Lord saw; “the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time.” [Gen 6:5]
Is the prayer of our heart that our family seeks the face of God and obey Him continually? To do that, we should take a lesson from the psalmist: “We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, about his strength and the amazing things he has done.” [Ps 78:4]
Stop today and pray for your living family members that they will find the joy of the Lord.