Genesis 10-12: In our reading today we will look at Shem’s generations down to Abram. The record is listed in Genesis 11:10-26. I will not print it out but will only show the results of my study. Shem lived a total of 600 years, 502 of those years after the flood. When the math adding up the years between the patriarchs is done just in this passage, it appears that Abram was born 292 years after the flood. But scholars have discovered that another chronological fact has to be included to arrive at the proper dates. Abram was 75 years old when he came into Canaan (Genesis 12:4). If we assume that Abram left right after Terah’s death at 205 years old and we subtract 75 from 205 we find that Abram was born when Terah was 130 years old not 70. Which means Abram was born 352 years after the flood and two years after Noah died (Genesis 9:28, 29). This shows some intriguing revelations. Shem at the birth of Abram, would be 450 years old and he would live another 150 years. When Shem dies Abraham was 150 years old. Abraham lived another 25 years before he died. Shem was 550 years old when Isaac was born, Genesis 21:5; and he died 10 years before Jacob and Esau was born, Genesis 25:26. Shem was 590 years old when Isaac and Rebekah were married. He seems to fall off the Biblical landscape and yet he lived 500 more years after the flood. It is sobering to think that Shem survived the flood and did not have a prominent effect in the after flood culture. Even though he lived for another 502 years after the flood, it is Abraham that has the prominence, not Shem. These revelations were a shock to me put me on a spiritual high for weeks. I’m serious. God’s word is awesome!
Matthew 4: In our reading today is Matthew 4:13-16 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Matthew: 1:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” The people in Capernaum were shown “great light”, more than many of the other communities. This was a fulfillment of Isaiah 9:1, 2. Later in Jesus’s ministry he condemned the people living in this and other communities where He ministered because they were shown greater light that the other communities but they did not repent. Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. Matthew 11:20-24
11:21 “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” Saints greater spiritual revelation requires greater spiritual responsibilities. Let’s us be faithful.