Genesis Chapter 10 is often called the table of nations because it is a list of the people, or
nations, which inhabited the earth during the period of time after the flood and before Abraham.
The chapter is divided into three sections. One for each of Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham and
10:1-5 tells about Japheth and his descendants. They inhabited the area of southeastern Europe
from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean basin; maybe even as far west as Spain. It was to
this area the New Testament Church spread during Paul's ministry.
10:6-20 In these verses, the descendants of Ham spread to northeastern Africa, western Arabia
and from Egypt to Mesopotamia. Some of the nations among the descendants of Ham are: Egypt,
Babel (or Babylon) and Canaan.
10:21-32 Here we find the descendants of Shem. They inhabited the eastern lands: Iraq, Iran,
and eastern Saudi Arabia. This genealogy splits at the sons of Eber. The descendants of
Joktan, Eber's son, are listed in chapter ten but the sons of Peleg, Eber's brother's children,
are not listed until chapter eleven. Perhaps this was done to differentiate between these two
lines as Abraham and the nation of Israel descended from Peleg. The name Peleg means division.
There is not a lot to discuss in this chapter and I hope you were not TOO bored as you tried to
read through all the names. But, still, this is an important chapter in the bible because it
is mans "fresh start" to repopulate the earth.
Just as each of Noah's sons were different, had different personalities and characteristics,
and populated different sections of the area, so are all people different from each other today.
An artist could imagine only so many features to put on faces and apply to canvas without
looking at models, but God has created millions upon millions of people; all with a different
look and a unique personality. And every person God has created, He has loved; no matter the
color of their skin or the environment they came from. After all, God gives us all our skin
color and places us in the homes we are raised in. God hates racism and bigotry. We are all
created by Him and in His image and are all of equal value to Him. I hope you don't look down
on someone because you feel you are better then they are; or shun someone because of their skin
color. Just always remember, God made us all and all people are made in His image...and God
does all things well!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Seems God always has an individual picked out to be a leader of His people or father a nation
or, in the case of Noah, to start all over again; and they are not always a perfect person!
(Look at the apostle Paul!) Do you think God is a respecter of persons?
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