The Confused Tower Builders!

January 5th Scripture Reading: Genesis 10-11

In preceding chapters of Genesis we saw that God chose Noah to start the population of the world all over again.  His three sons and their wives were all that were saved from the world-wide flood.  Did you ever wonder how we got all the different nations of the world?  Did you wonder where all the languages and nationalities came from?   This would not be understandable if it were not for Genesis 10 and 11.

God blessed Noah and told him and his family to be fruitful and multiply and fill the whole earth.  (Genesis 9:1)  Noah’s grandson born to Ham, Nimrod, led a rebellion around 100 years after the flood.  The rebellion consisted of gathering family members together on the plain of Shinar (Ancient Babylon, current Iraq).  They decided to build a tower that would reach to the heavens and to make a name for themselves and avoid being scattered over the face of the earth as God had commanded.  (Genesis 11:1-4)  This seemed harmless enough, except it was in rebellion to God’s will and plan.

God came down!  Man had built himself a tall tower, reaching to the heavens but God still came down.  Man could not come close to reaching heaven on his own or with his own strength and plans.  Pride was behind this, the very sin that got Satan removed from heaven.  In fact, it was the very sin that got man removed from his daily walk with God in the beautiful Garden of Eden (delights).  God realized that with one language and rebellious leadership that nothing would be impossible for them.  He confused their language and scattered them over the earth and they stopped their building.

God did one more thing that insured that they would not get back together for rebellion.  Genesis 10 is a genealogy of the son’s of Noah.  One of Shem’s grandsons, Eber, had a son Peleg.  Peleg means “division” and verse 25 states that “in his time the earth was divided. . “.  Some creation scientists believe that this is when God could have separated the continents following the judgment at the tower of Babel.  Those scattered people groups represented by the 70 family groups of Genesis 10 formed the nations of the world that we see in existence today.  (see The Genesis Record by Dr. Henry Morris, pages 260-261)(also book review page and sidebar).   A side note is that “Eber” is probably where the name “Hebrews” was derived.  The concentration of genetics in each group through mating could have resulted in the races and nationalities we see today.

God truly works out everything for our good and accomplishes his plans!  Take time today to thank Him for your heritage and for showing mercy in judgment at the Tower of Babel.

“From one man he (God) made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:26-27

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