Outline Genesis Chapter 10
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
Cush the son of Ham begets Nimrod this mighty hunter before the Lord. 6-9
Nimrod builds the cities
and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar, and also Asshur
builds Ninevah and other cities. 10 - 12
More generations of Noahís sons build and spread out to their own
Eber is born and has two sons Peleg and Joktan, after which the earth is
Shemís sons also are in their countries and nations after the earth is
divided by the flood. 31, 32
Questions from Genesis Chapter
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
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.
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
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.
What is meant by the division of nations and tongues?
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.
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.
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.
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