Creation of the nations
January 5th Scripture Reading: Genesis 10-11
God chose Noah to start the population of the world all over again through his three sons and their wives. 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? Genesis 10 and 11 give us insight about the nations.
God blessed Noah’s family and told them to 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 instead of filling the earth. (Genesis 11:1-4) This seemed harmless enough, except it was against God’s command.
God came down! Man had built himself a tall tower, in a vain attempt to reach the heavens. This disobedience was the very kind of sin that got man removed from the Garden of Eden. God realized that with one language and rebellious leadership, nothing would be impossible for them. He confused their language and thus scattered them over the earth.
God did one more thing that insured that they would not rebel again. Genesis 10 is a genealogy of the son’s of Noah. One of Shem’s grandsons, Eber, had a son Peleg. The Bible states that “in his time the earth was divided. . “. (Genesis 10:25) Some scientists believe that this is when God might have separated the continents. Genesis chapter 10 lists seventy family groups that 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 scattered group could have resulted in the races we see today. 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