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Outline Genesis Chapter 10

1.      The generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and their seed after the flood; and the Gentiles are divided by language, family and nation.  1-5

2.      Cush the son of Ham begets Nimrod this mighty hunter before the Lord. 6-9

3.      Nimrod builds the cities of Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar, and also Asshur builds Ninevah and other cities. 10 - 12

4.      More generations of Noahís sons build and spread out to their own coasts. 13-24

5.      Eber is born and has two sons Peleg and Joktan, after which the earth is divided. 25-30

6.      Shemís sons also are in their countries and nations after the earth is divided by the flood. 31, 32

 

Questions from Genesis Chapter 11

1.      If we know God confounded manís language in chapter 11 because of the building of the Tower of Babel, then what is meant in (Gen 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.) 10:5 about people having different tongues? Answer Ė My conclusion is that although there were different tongues they could still understand each other. Possibly like the dialects and subtle differences between people in the same country but different regions. Those in Maine, USA certainly speak differently than those in Texas sic. Those in New Joisey speak differently than those in Georgia. Yes, we all understand each other for the most part but we donít really say everything the same way. It was at the Tower of Babel that God completely changed the language in that it was like a Frenchman trying to converse with someone in Thailand.

2.      What was Nimrodís sin before the Lord? Answer Ė Since I have looked ahead into chapter eleven I gain a greater understanding of Nimrodís character. To simply be a mighty hunter before the Lord certainly wasnít something to condemn him for. It is ok to be a great hunter and God sees every manís outward physical accomplishments. It is the heart that matters most to God.  Being a hunter Ďbeforeí the Lord does have some connotation to his being lifted up and it could have been the beginning of his prideful stature. We learn in chapter 11 that (Gen.11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.) a group of people came into the land of Shinar. Now, was that just Nimrodís descendants or from all of Noahís descendants? I come to the conclusion that it could have been mainly Nimrodís clan and possibly others but mainly his. We find that after the building of a city and then the construction of a tower to heaven God comes down and confounds their language. This is another reason to believe they might have been of the same family of Nimrod. Nevertheless it seems also that Nimrodís pride led him to build the city and then to build a tower to heaven. He got to big for his own good and forgot about the God who made him and gave him his great strength. Nimrod certainly is the culprit here because we read in Gen.10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. That this was the beginning of Nimrodís kingdom. He was building a city to his glory not to Godís.

3.      What is meant by the division of nations and tongues? Answer Ė I believe it was always Godís will for man to multiply and fill the earth. There was already a certain division going on but not to the extent God wanted. In fact when you come to chapter eleven we find that the people groups (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) were journeying east toward Shinar. Now I believe the main body of this people who journeyed east were of the family of Ham who begat, Cush who begat, Nimrod. God ultimately has to confound the language of these people to get them to commit to what they were supposed to be doing, populating the earth.

Godís ultimate purpose was for there to be people groups all over the earth. Why? God knew that people would adapt to their surroundings and habitats and changes would take place in their daily life and culture. Deut.32:8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.                  Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;                 

           God had a plan from the beginning to call out a people for His Name. The people of Israel, Godís people. Everything God does has a purpose and an expected end to it. God was always in the process of redeeming man back to Himself. God was preparing a people to call out His Anointed One. The Lord works with faulty and fragile humans to accomplished His perfect and sovereign will.

           So, what is meant by division of nations and tongues? It was the plan of God to divide then call out a people unto Him and ultimately the call went out to the whole world. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. It is Godís doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

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