Genesis 9:18-29 “Family Blessings and Curses”

Sermon preached by Pastor Joshua Hall at Sparta Reformed Presbyterian Church on October 28, 2018.

Introduction

In Germany, if a couple dies with deep debt, their children inherit the debts. Parents may work hard, live frugality, and do their best to leave an inheritance rather than liabilities to their children. Or they may rack up debts, make poor work decisions, and bring the curse of liabilities upon their children when they die. In the same way, parents may either leave a spiritual blessing or a curse on their children. Ham brought a curse upon his descendants because he did not fear the Lord or honor his father. In this message, we will examine family curses and blessings, and how you and I may not only be free of family curses but experience the covenant blessings found only in Christ.

Outline

Proposition: Because God curses wicked families and blesses godly families, we must look to the Lord for godliness.

First Point: Because God curses wicked families and blesses godly families, we must obey the Lord.

  1. The Wickedness of Drunkenness vs. Righteousness of Moderation
  2. The Wickedness of Sexual Immorality vs. Righteousness of Biblical Sexuality
  3. The Wickedness of Dishonoring Parents vs. Righteousness of Honoring Parents 

Second Point: Because God curses wicked families and blesses godly families, we must fear the Lord.

  1. Because he did not fear the Lord, Ham did evil in God’s sight (as we will see later)
  2. Because he did not fear the Lord, Ham brought a curse on his youngest son, Canaan.
  3. Because he feared the Lord, Noah Prophetically Blessed Shem (26)
  4. Because he feared the Lord, Noah Prophetically Blessed Japheth (27)

Third PointBecause God curses wicked families and blesses godly families, we must seek the Lord.

  1. Perhaps you recognize that your parents led lives of sin, and perhaps you are asking the question, “What if I’m part of the wrong family?” Then seek the Lord!
  2. God adopts children into His family!

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