Genesis, Old Testament

Day 4: Genesis 10-12

Hey everyone.. thank you for joining me for another amazing read. I have to reflect on the day today.. I have noticed as the past few days have gone that it seems as if I am being tested more intensely then ever but I have noticed that as life’s circumstances come around I think about how hard the old times were during the time of Noah and all of those that were on the earth before the flood.

I think my world can’t be as hard or as bad as other people or even those in the history of the world.

I am just blessed to be on this Journey with God and all of the amazing people I know will be touched by this Blog. God is Good, God is Great.

So lets kick it off for today.

Chapter 10 really was a description of how the nations were formed and who they were formed by. I never realized that Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth literally were the names of the peoples culture such as Semites, Hamites, Jephethites.

When I was reading through this I was blown away by the nations that where part of Ham’s nations. Some of which are packed full of history and trouble

  • Babylon
  • Ninevah

I have heard the Bible stories about the Tower of Babylon and the vile nation of Ninevah that Jonah went to save.

The Son’s of Ham: Cush, Put, Egypt, Canaan ironically have nations named after them.

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel[n]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

In the above verses this explains very much the vast variety of people that speak all of the different languages and how they all came to be. Prior to God seeing the tower of Babel all of the people across all kingdoms spoke the same language. Can you imagine a whole entire world today all speaking 1 language.. If it wasn’t for Mankinds obsession about reaching God or becoming God’s that is how we would all be today one people, one language, one culture and who knows what else.

A key point to notice when the discuss the account of Shem’s family: 

The lineage is as follows

Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father[o] of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah.13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.[p]

14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahorand Haran.

I bring this up because its important to pay attention to the age of each lineage that came after Shem.. As the generations passed the age of the people becomes lower and lower after the flood. In verse 24 Nahor lived 119 Years.. << This is the key point.

In day 2 in Chapter 6 God had mentioned that Mankind’s days would be numbered 120 Years and in verse 24 this was God accomplishing the statement he made previously.

In chapter 12 we get introduced to the Famous Abram which later became known as Abraham. This for me was actually quite inspirational because Abram was a man who when he heard the Lord call on him and literally leave everything he has known and the life he knows and take his family and travel into unknown places on pure faith alone because they didn’t know outside of what God told him what was going to happen.

Abram gets his wife Sarai to lie for him:

This for me is a confusing spot in the Bible.. Here you have Abram going on this Holy journey that God has set him on and when himself and his wife set off to Egypt he had asked her to tell others that she was his sister so that they would not kill him and would show favor to him.

For me I am on the fence about this because to me through the entire time Abram and Sarai entered Egypt it seemed that he was not only casting her to the side but when he let Pharaoh take her as the Pharaoh’s wife knowing very well t

Photo from Bible Odyssey

hat she was his wife seemed like he was selling her out. I can’t honestly imagine how Sarai had felt at that moment having been taken as another mans wife while her husband stood by and let it all happen.

So what are your thoughts on this folks? Do you feel Abram was being a coward and willing to sell out his wife for his own personal gain?

I know that everything worked out in the long run but it just blows my mind what his poor wife went through and how she must have felt. Fortunately the Pharaoh and the time had moral values because when be found out that the Famine that was on the land was caused because of him being with another mans wife he didn’t execute them or hurt them, he actually simply said Get out.

What a read!!! I can honestly say the history stories in the Bible are more intense then most modern day books.

 

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