Genesis 10

Genesis 10 lists the generations of Noah after the flood.  They were assigned the task of repopulating the earth, and they did a pretty good job of doing that.  Japeth had 7 sons.  They became the coastland peoples and “spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations”.  Ham had four sons and one in particular is listed as special.  Scripture tells us Cush, who was one of Ham’s sons, fathered Nimrod who “was the first on earth to be a mighty man”, at least in this second go round for mankind.  There were giants in the world before back in Genesis 6, but in the repopulation, Nimrod was unique.

Nimrod was “a mighty hunter before the Lord”.  He not only hunted the animals and kept them in check, but he also began to rule over those around him.  His kingdom was Babel and he went into Assyria and build Ninevah which will become famous later in a story of Jonah.  Cush’s sons spread over the land and built great cities.  Many people arose from the sons of Cush and his decendents.  Shem fathered five sons and they had a host of their own sons.

The three sons of Noah fathered many sons, and they each in turn carried that assignment forward and fathered many more.  This chapter lists “the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood”.  It may be a boring read, but it gives us perspective.  Remember that when Noah and his boys left the ark, there were four families on the entire earth.  That is a pretty daunting situation when you think about it.

God blessed them though, and they are able to grow their families, build cities and spread out across the land.  They created their own languages and customs and began to form the shape of the new world.  Consider how God created things back in the beginning, and now how He is restarting things after wiping out most of His creation.  He puts a lot of faith and trust in a very few to not only create, but shape all of mankind.  The opportunity to do much is obvious in His design.  The question is what we do with the opportunity He gives each one of us!

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