BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 277
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/index.htm
Getting to know God together.

THE FAMILY OF MANKIND.

Jarad and Kyle were very excited about the family of mankind.
Dad had shown them from the Bible that ALL people really came from Noah - through his three sons.
“Why that is like - like- Uncle Bob, Uncle Phil and you, and-and we are the cousins of Zach and Nardia. This means we are a big family of people - the mankind family. Right?”  Kyle said.
“Yeh, even the black ones, and the Chinese people with yellow skins,” joined in Jarad.  “But, Dad, are you sure! Does the Bible really tell us that?
How could we look so different in a family.
The Africans, the Japanese, white people - all that stuff,” said Kyle.
“I’ve got blue eyes and you have got brown eyes, anyway,” said Jarad.
“And Mum has got blond hair, and I’ve got dark brown,” Kyle said thought-fully.

So they got out the Bible again to see if they could find more on this.
This is what they found.

Genesis 10 is a chapter filled with names of the gen-er-a-tions of the sons of Noah. Those people who came after them, their relatives. Then the chapter finishes and we read:
“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.”
(Genesis 10:32).

So you can see in the above verse that it is quite true.
God tells us that from Noah’s sons came all the different nations on the earth.
And, of course, the very first person on earth was Adam before them.

[ God ] And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath deter-mined the times before appoint-ed, and the bounds of their habitation [ the places where they live ]; “ ( Acts 17:26).

God tells us in that verse that we humans are all one blood - we are the same, we are all the same creation. We are not the same “blood” as lions, apes, elephants or dogs and cats. We are all “one blood” though with every other human being on earth. We are the family of mankind. And God has put that family in groups or tribes who live in their nations.

“But how can we have such different eyes and skins in different countries?
When we all came from Noah’s three sons?” asked the boys together.
Dad scratched his head about that one.
Then he remembered a book he had, called “The Genesis Record” by Henry Morris, and he got it out. They found on page 232 this interesting bit of information:
“All the phys-i-cal char-ac-ter-is-tics of the different nations and tribes must, there-fore, have been present in the genetic con-sti-tu-tions of these six people who came through the Flood in the Ark.”
“Help! Dad! We can’t understand that!” complained Jarad.
“I’ll help you get it worked out, keep your cool,“ laughed Dad.
“All the things about bodies and skin colours had been planned by God always.
When the six people, sons and daughters-in-law, came through the Flood in the Ark God had already planned to bring the nations on the earth through them. So he had given them all the genes needed that would bring out, eventually, the tribes of mankind. Then all the differences came out in the following generations.”
The boys were delighted with this explanation.
They were glad they were in a family of man with the aboriginal boys next door too.
It made them feel happy.

The Bible even makes it plain what nations would come from what son of Noah!
What nations would come from Shem, or Ham or Japheth.  We can look at that another time maybe. It is a long study.
Remember for now the names Shem, Ham and Japheth -
the sons of Noah who began all the nations on the earth.
Here is a Psalm that is really tiny, only two verses in the whole Psalm.
It says that the nations should praise the Lord:

“O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.”
( Psalm 117).

More tomorrow about nations and tribes.
Bye for now!

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