Confused Human efforts!

January 4th Scripture Reading: Genesis 10-11

God blessed Noah and told him and his family to be fruitful and multiply and fill the whole earth.  (Genesis 9:1)  Nimrod, Noah’s grandson born to Ham, 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 resist being scattered over the face of the earth as God had commanded.  God realized that with one language and rebellious leadership, nothing would be impossible for them.  He confused their language (babel) and scattered them over the earth.

Genesis 10 is a genealogy of the sons of Noah who repopulated the earth after the flood.  One of Shem’s grandsons, Eber, (father of the Hebrews) 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 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. 

Do you ever wonder about how all the nations and languages came to be? What is God’s plan to unite all mankind? Take time today to thank Him for your heritage and for showing mercy in judgment at the tower of Babel.

“From one man He 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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