What does it say?
The story line is straightforward. God’s judgment falls, but redemption and restoration follow immediately. God remembers Noah and his plan for creation. He commissions Noah in Gen 9:1 precisely as he did Adam and Eve.
God’s relationship with Noah is an unconditional promise of grace. The human race is designed to multiply. It’s not important to pronounce or even read every name in these genealogies. Simply observe that God never forgets a name, and devotes more space to lists of names than to details of creation.
Noah’s Descendants become seventy tribes by Gen 10. An effort begins to build a great tower for human glory, not God’s (Gen 11). Consequently, God divides people by languages.
What does it mean?
The mission never changes. Adam’s mission is Noah’s and, spiritually, is ours. Humans are to multiply. A lack of multiplication is abnormal. Jesus followers should also multiply. Disciples not making disciples are not really disciples. Am I?
God builds relationships on the promises of his word. The rainbow seals God’s promise to Noah and all humanity. The Bible is a single story, and the rainbow reappears at the end (Rev 4:3; 10:1). We still relate to God by the unconditional promises of his word. Are there some here for me to claim?
Humans cannot keep from sinning to save their lives! The total transformation of the new birth is necessary. Beyond redemption, this is restoration.
God loves the people he created. Why so many issues of creationism versus science surrounding Gen 1-11, but a relative lack of interest in the millions of Noah’s descendants with real names and residences who still have not heard the Good News? God divided the languages, yet with all our technology, why do almost 2,000 languages still lack a single verse of scripture?
How will I respond?
What one step will I take today to advance the kingdom of God among those who have still not heard the Good News?
Examples: I will learn about a specific unreached ethnic group and pray for them,; learn more about translating scripture into languages where it does not exist; learn about least-reached people groups in my own city or area; or, invite someone from another ethnic group to a meal. (If this person is not a believer, I will remember that many cultures consider it an insult to be invited to a meal as an attempt to share one’s faith without having first established genuine friendship.)