2019-2-5

Genesis 10:1-32

The God that Restores

The flood of Genesis 7 exhibited the judgment of God.
As a holy God, He cannot be in the presence of sin.
As a just God, he must punish the sinners.
And yet, as a God of love, He continues to extend his grace and the hope of salvation.
This is the God we see in Genesis 10.

Genesis 10 recounts the genealogy following Noah and his three sons, stating in verse 1 that “unto them were sons born after the flood.”
In the aftermath of the flood, Noah and his family are the only remnant of God’s people that survived. The rest of the world has been obliterated, but God has a plan. Three times in Genesis 9, God reveals his plan of restoration.

And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. (Genesis 9:7)
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. (Genesis 9:19)

The unrighteous have perished, but God begins anew with the righteous, filling the earth once again with the sons of man from the seed of Noah. Despite the sinfulness of man that leads to death, God in his love and mercy will continue to bring life to the inhabitants of the earth.
What has been taken away, God restores in full.
While the culmination of God’s restoration will take place at the cross in the blood shed by his Son, Jesus, in the meanwhile, God reveals his trustworthiness and his goodness, giving His people the assurance of hope in the midst of the tragedy of sin.

What has God removed in your life?
What sin has He uncovered that you may be purified in the blood of the Lamb?
Do we dare trust and hope in the God that restores us and sustains us and desires to give us new life?
Let us boldly place our faith in Christ our Savior, becoming a new creation.
The old is passed away; behold, the new has come! (2 Cor 5:17)           —- Jessica Sun

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