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From Noah’s Family came the nations!

January 4th Scripture Reading: Genesis 10-11

In preceding chapters of Genesis we saw that God chose Noah to rebuild the population of the earth again.  God blessed Noah and told him and his family to be fruitful and fill the whole earth.  (Genesis 9:1)  But Noah’s grandson, Nimrod, led a rebellion around 100 years after the flood.  He gathered family members together on the plain of Shinar (Ancient Babylon, current Iraq).  They decided to build a tower at Babel that would reach to the heavens and to make a name for themselves and resist being scattered over the face of the earth.  (Genesis 11:1-4)

But God came down!  God realized that with one language and Nimrod’s rebellious leadership that nothing would be impossible for them.  He confused their language and scattered them over the earth and 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 sons 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)   A side note is that “Eber” is probably where the name “Hebrews” was derived.

“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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Babel Went Up. God Came Down

Scripture reading for January 5th: Genesis 10-11

I love to build things and organize.  God designed us that way! In the days following the flood, the descendants of Noah had a fresh opportunity to obey God by being fruitful, multiplying and repopulating the earth. Shem, Ham, and Japheth had a whole new world that needed care and tending. They each had a wife and could begin again to obey God’s simple command. (Genesis 9:7)

Genesis 10 records the genealogy of these three descendants of Noah. Note that one of Ham’s descendants, Nimrod is given particular attention. He was a mighty warrior and hunter before the Lord. He built the cities of Babylon and Nineveh. (Genesis 10:8-10) His brother Canaan was the father of the Canaanite tribes that inhabited Israel in the time of Abraham and beyond. Note also that Shem was the father of Eber. (Genesis 10:21) Eber’s descendants included Abram and the “Hebrew” people derive their name from him! (Genesis 11:27)

Nimrod and his family group decided to settle on the plains of Shinar, which is modern day Iraq. There they organized all or most of the family to build a tower to heaven and make a name for themselves. They particularly did not like the idea of being scattered over the whole earth. (Genesis 11:2-4) There is some implication that Nimrod forcibly organized this rebellion and hunted down those who would not comply. He also organized a humanistic religion that worshiped the work of man’s hands and the creation, but not the Creator!

God came down to see this city and stated that nothing would be impossible with this kind of unity. They had unified in opposing the plans and purpose of God. He took action and confounded their one language so that they couldn’t understand one another. In the days of Peleg he scattered them across the earth and then divided the earth. (Genesis 10:25) He created the nations from these three families.

God wants to dwell with His people and desires fellowship with them. He longs to have a people willing to be under His rule and protective covering. We can learn from these records of God’s dealing with those after the flood. He is merciful, but demands obedience. Take a few minutes today and thank Him for His mercy and His plan of reaching all with the Gospel. God came down in Jesus Christ and is here now in His church!

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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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