We’ve Come a Wrong Way

February 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Genesis | 6 Comments
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Genesis Chapter 10 is a chapter of genealogy. It is not a complete genealogy, but a summarizing genealogy. There are two parenthetical references. One is Nimrod.

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Genesis 10:8

Nimrod began to be “mighty” in the sense of being opposed to God. He began to be a mighty one “in the earth” in the sense of being recognized by many people.

He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Genesis 10:9

It may have been that Nimord was known for his bravery and skill in hunting and providing. He may have been known as one who was able to rid habitable areas of dangerous animals in the post-flood era where there was new animosity between men and animals. It is possible that he recruited other hunters into an “army.”

And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 10:10

Here we can see why Nimrod is especially mentioned in a parenthetical way amidst the genealogy. He came before the Lord, and the Lord used him to set up kingdoms (such as Babylon) which would later be used by the Lord to chasten His Own people.

Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

Genesis 10:11

Assyria (Asshur in Verse 11) is another example of a nation that God would one day use to chasten His people.

Some people find a little corny humor in the name “Nimrod,” since he was known for being a hunter, and he has the word “rod” (as in fishing rod) in his name. “Nimrod’s Hunting and Fishing Supply.”

Nimrod is one parenthesis in the genealogy of Chapter 10. Peleg is the other one.

And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

Genesis 10:25

Peleg was the “divider,” referring to the peoples, ethnicities, nations of the earth, not to the division of land masses or continental shifts or anything like that.

Genesis Chapter 11 contains the account of the tower of Babel.

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

Genesis 11:3

That was the first time they said, “Go to.”

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:4

That was the second time they said, “Go to.” What they were building was probably a ziggurat. “Babel” may have meant “Gate to the Gods.”

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Genesis 11:5

Note the reference in Verse 5 to the “children of men,” as opposed to the children of God.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

Genesis 11:6-7

The confounding of speech at Babel was reversed, in a sense, at the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem in Acts 2.

So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Genesis 11:8-9

“Babel” sounds like balal, the Hebrew word for confusion. God is not the author of confusion, but He used their own word to mock them, and allowed their own confusion to be manifested.

Chapters 3 – 11 of Genesis record a series of failures – of man utterly failing to do what God created him to do. There is a tendency to read through Genesis and think, “What savages!” We think we’re so much more enlightened today. They had none of our “advances,” modern technology, or civilized behavior. However, we need to remember that, just because those were ancient days and ancient times, their sins were not any different from our sins today. In fact, we might pause here a moment to take a look at which are worse.

Genesis records the disobedience of the first human beings. Our newspapers record the existence of abortion clinics, strip clubs, and a skyrocketing divorce rate.

Genesis records a number of murders. Our nightly news programs record rising murder rates, crime scene tape, and multiple killings every day.

Genesis records mankind’s earliest penchant for dishonesty. We have political speeches and wealthy televangelists today.

Genesis records excessive drunkenness. Mardi Gras is almost here.

Genesis records the post-sin shame of nudity. Our society revels in public displays of nudity.

Genesis records man’s rebellion against God. Today… have you seen the teenaged children at your local shopping mall or church youth group?

Genesis introduces us to the consequences of sin entering into the world, and its effects. Today we see the exponential multiplication of sin and its effects.


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