Senior Saints Class Outline

November 11, 2018
Facilitator: Minister Michelle Goodwine
TOPIC: – God is Always Working
BIBLE VERSES: Genesis 10:1, 11:10, 27, 31-32, 12:1-4   
By the end of the lesson, we will: EXAMINE the significance of the genealogical record in Genesis; EXPLAIN the reality that God works through generations to accomplish His will; and CELEBRATE how God has worked in our own families to bless others.

CENTRAL TEXT: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.(Genesis 12:2, 3)
Genesis 6–9 provides the account of the Flood that God sent as judgment for wickedness throughout the earth. Only eight people were spared: Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. From these eight people, the whole earth was repopulated (Genesis 9:19).
Genesis 10 begins with a table of nations presenting the known tribes of that time. This table gave the “horizontal” genealogy of Noah’s three oldest sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth— and serves as a precursor to the scattering that will later occur at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. Not only will the tribes and clans be identified by their geological location, but also by their languages (Genesis 10:31).
This genealogy differs from the one provided later in chapter 11, in that the intention here is not to prove ancestry,  but show affiliations and allegiances among tribes. Ancient readers would have been able to tell from its arrangement which tribes fell under God’s blessing, and which were cursed (see Genesis 9:20–27; 12:1–3)—and they associated accordingly, providing the backdrop for future conflicts and wars. Although Shem is listed first, his genealogy is provided last, indicating that his story and descendants will be the focal point.
I. Legacy (Genesis 10:1; 11:10, 27)
II. Journey (Genesis 11:31, 32)
III. Promise (Genesis 12:1–4)
Lord, help us find our place in Your plan to save the world, being faithful in the legacy we leave. We pray for this in Jesus’ name. Amen.