The Spoken Word

The Spoken Word

04 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 9-11; Luke 4


Then he cursed the descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham: “A curse on the Canaanites! May they be the lowest of servants to the descendants of Shem and Japheth.” (Genesis 9:25 NLT)

31 Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. 32 There, too, the people were amazed at the things he said, because he spoke with authority. (Luke 4:31-32 NLT)

Noah's spoken curse on Ham's descendants and spoken blessing on Shem's and Japheth's descendants carried the prophetic authority of a man in covenant relationship with God. However, initially it looked like Ham and his son Canaan were the ones who prospered and received God's blessing more than Japheth and Shem.

But the word had been spoken and it was out there. Hundreds of years later it began to be fulfilled when God selected Abram from among Shem's descendants. Hundreds more years passed and Moses led Abraham's descendants into the Promised Land to displace Canaan's descendants. The spoken word is alive and very patient.

The people of Nazareth were amazed at the words Jesus spoke and first responded positively to him. They were amazed at his gracious words until his words got personal to them and about them. Then in a bizarre turn of events, the congregation at Nazareth synagogue turned into a murderous mob and tried to kill him!

When he moved to Capernaum and spoke in the synagogue, the people also responded with amazement and approval. In Capernaum, however, they were not offended by the authority with which he spoke. They experienced the full benefit of his power because they received and responded to the authority of his spoken words.


Father, Help me to always respond in faithful obedience to the authority your words carry and to receive the full benefit of your word and your words. I purpose not to be offended at your words to me or about me. May I grow in faith as I respond to your words and may I grow in grace to share your words with others. Amen.

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