Because “The Story”, encompasses many subjects quickly, it is difficult to focus a bible study with so many aspects involved in the course of 11 chapters. So, I will attempt to focus on one aspect, the love of God.
Some would consider this a little long, but I think it is a fast read if you stick with the comments. The thing that got me all excited was looking at the meanings of names as we migrate between chapter 5 and 11.
I cannot swear I did the greatest job at bringing out God’s love, because sometimes love is tough.
God creates heaven and earth
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Why is it important to know how things began?
Perhaps because it shows original intent, or once everything goes bad, it demonstrates that the creator has a plan.
creates man in his own image, blesses him
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over … all creatures that move along the ground.”
Several things dominate this passage.
- “Then God said,” To whom?
If we work off the assumption that God, like Allah, is a standalone entity, then this makes no sense. The speaker has to be referring to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We understand that God is a triune entity, and that Jesus Christ – the Word of God – has made himself known to us in the body of a man.
- “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness”
In unity, from the beginning of time, there have been three. How does that affect how I understand creation? It does not, unless, as I consider what the image was, I begin to see that this has little to do with a physical body, and is focused more on the character and attributes of the creator.
The Apostle John makes it very clear that Jesus was right there in the beginning.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus intimates that the Holy Spirit was there.
Genesis 1:2 KJV And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: (John 15:26 KJV)
As for making “man in our image, and likeness.” Paul wrote, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, about man when he said,
…You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy. (Ephesians 4:24 CEV)
The Hebrew word for image tselem – conveys multiple possibilities. Tseh’-lem – From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol:
If man was like a shadow, then certainly he is not an exacting duplicate of God himself, but an integrated representation. Something that resembles the creator. Seeing as man is made in all three aspects, how would you pin down one specific thing to define what the man looked like without a body.
The point to this is that the overarching theme I see is that God created someone, that was so much like him that it would be ludicrous to think that this man did not walk in a constant communication with the Father.
I am stunned by God as he opens my eyes and I begin to see things I had never seen before. Jesus, the last Adam; created in the image of God, and untainted by the sin prevalent in the world, walked this earth, in full view of the disciples, in a perfect communion with the Father.
Enoch learned how to do this, and walked off the earth, and Adam was placed in this atmosphere.
The book, The Story, asks the question: Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden?
One of the things that runs through my mind as I look at the events of mans creation is: if man is so closely and intimately made in God’s image, and apparently placed here so that God would have someone to talk with, what separates us, and makes us something other than mere slaves? The answer to that question has freedom written all over it. We are free to choose whom we will love, and how we will respond when love is shown to us. The other side of this coin is how God will respond to us, when we break off communication.
Man had a complete knowledge of good, for that is part of the character of God, as is love, but he had no knowledge of bad; there was nothing inhibiting or tainting man’s relationship with the creator.
Man is placed in the garde; and the fruit off tree of knowledge is the only forbidden thing.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Man only has one demand placed upon him; do not eat the fruit of that tree! Does it get any better than this? Well, yes. Having an intimate union with God is, even in God’s mind, not enough, and so God made a woman for him.
The serpent deceives Eve
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Adam was standing right there, watching the entire process, and never said a word in defiance. He knew what God had told him; he had told Eve, and she understood, but deception is a twisting of the truth, and those who are not well established in their relationship with the Father seem to be the quickest to fall.
How does that explain Adam being sucked into this? It does not, but what it does show is that God has to be consistent. (We will see God demonstrating His intent and character throughout the Old Testament. He says to both Noah, and then Abram, “as for me”, indicating that no matter what happens I will uphold my end of this contract.)
Adam has demonstrated selfishness for the first time and did what he wanted. In contrast, Jesus told us that He only did what the Father told him. Some seem to prefer an angry, vengeful God, and this would have been a good time for it, if that was his character, but he does not. God is entirely consistent with His nature and character, something that we have to perceive as we read about the events of creation and the beginnings of man.
At this point, the NIV captions the next segment as God arraigning them. Watch what happens and I will show you differently.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
God is not arraigning anyone, He is acting completely within his unchangeable character; He is acting in love toward that, which is a replica of him, but there is one huge change, and the only ones demonstrating the effects of the change that sin brought, is His creation.
Suddenly the man, who had been naked, and not ashamed, is now hiding, not only from God, but from each other as well.
(Genesis 3:11)And he said, Who gave you the knowledge that you were without clothing? Have you taken of the fruit of the tree which I said you were not to take?
I suppose many generations of misunderstanding and tradition have taught us that God is always at the ready to strike us down, but what if what we see here is God merely asking questions, and reasonable questions at that. (Try to maintain one clear concept here; you are not getting anything past God, and He already knows the answer before He asks, so lying is not an appropriate response.)
Did Eve just stand there dumbfounded? We do not know, but the hesitation allowed for the newly found damage to manifest in Adam when He said:
12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit of the tree and I took it.
Now we see something close to what I consider anger. One of the things you cannot deny is that God can and does get angry, but at whom?
The serpent is cursed
14 And the Lord God said to the snake (serpent), Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle and every beast of the field; you will go flat on the earth, and dust will be your food all the days of your life:
The promised seed
Genesis 3:15 AMP And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. [Gal. 4:4.]
Galatians 4:4 MSG But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law.
None of this caught God by surprise. How would you have played a game of chess, with such large dimensions, all the way out to the last winning move, without putting tremendous thought into it? (It is possible that God had this all mapped out in his head in seconds.)
Giving His “representative figure” the freedom to make choices almost makes you think that there had to have been an alternate plan, or this was the plan from the beginning. Apparently, God did not intend to let such a destructive force run havoc, not against Him, and His creation for all eternity; that would have been contrary to the original design, and out of character.
While there may be a good chewing out going on here, there is also the God I have come to understand, giving Eve the hope that her seed will be the one that brings the enemies defeat.
The new life Adam and Eve brought upon themselves will soon be filled with pain, murder, jealousy, and the promise of hope, much like the covenant God made with Abraham.
Expelled from paradise, the repercussions of man’s selfishness permeate everything, and the death clock begins counting down; under the limitations of that clock, recorded time, two boys are born.
There are many horrid aspects, the outcome of their sin, that God continues to discuss: such as pain in childbirth, and Adam now having to toil to get the land to produce. But I cannot believe that they did not have an understanding of what God was talking about, when he speaks of crushing and bruising, or as He kills the animals necessary to make the clothing they needed. God made clothing for them. He did it such a manner that they too would know how, and understand the implications behind what He did. This is not made explicit in scripture, but enough clues are given that allow us to find out what God did, for we will see both Cain and Abel making sacrifices. One son does it right and is accepted, the other turns his jealousy inward, with a devastating result.
The offering of Cain and Abel
The bottom line, Cain, in a jealous rage, kills his brother Abel.
God has not turned his back on man in a rage as we all expect, and so once again, God shows up. We do not know what that looked like. I understand, we make assumptions, and one we do not make very often is that even here it is Jesus talking with Cain. If God’s character remains the same then his actions should be consistent as well.
As I understand it, the Jewish basis of prophecy lies in pattern. For something to dominate their mind as prophetic, it must have been repeated. So where do we find Jesus throughout the Old Testament? At virtually every turn, He is there and is called the angel of the Lord, but why is that important, because God made it very plain to Moses that man (in his broken state, could not look upon God), so if God could be looked upon in the future, why is it He can be seen by these fallen men?
We are looking for consistency. Before the fall, man was the direct image of God, practically His shadow. A shadow demonstrates the form but not the precise detail of the person, and I see no reason why Adam and Eve, could not have walked in personal relationship with God, but there is no reason to believe that this was not Jesus here with them at this point either. In other words, since Jesus was God, then He may well have been God here in the garden as well.
there are always repercussions for taking liberties
If I jump several thousand years ahead, to the point where Jesus has given his life for us, we come to the realization that the payment of death, demanded for the sin that we all inherited, is done away with. My belief in Jesus Christ’s full payment on my behalf and acceptance of his sacrifice makes me free from the bondage of that death. However, there are always repercussions for taking liberties, and that is what we see with Cain.
How does God handle this? He shows Cain an amazing amount of mercy. Even before Cain murders his brother, God seeing his internal struggle with jealousy, has a talk with him.
3 And after a time, Cain gave to the Lord an offering of the fruits of the earth. 4 And Abel gave an offering of the young lambs of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering; 5 But in Cain and his offering he had no pleasure. And Cain was angry and his face became sad.
6 And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your face sad? 7 If you do well, will you not have honor? and if you do wrong, sin is waiting at the door, desiring to have you, but do not let it be your master.
There is much that happens in the background of these first four chapters, and they are not spelled out in scripture. Contrast this with God’s background activity of Esther and Mordecai, and you will see what I mean.
Cain murders his brother Abel
8 And Cain said to his brother, Let us go into the field: and when they were in the field, Cain made an attack on his brother Abel and put him to death.
9 And the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he said, I have no idea: am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the earth.
Still we anticipate God striking the man dead, but he does not. Abel is dead, and God approaches Cain once again, and like Adam, God asks, “Where is your brother Abel?” It is not a question of God not knowing, He knows exactly where Abel is. Perhaps he wants us to come clean, and that is more than likely what we are seeing come from the Apostle John when he writes:
If we say openly that we have done wrong, he is upright and true to his word, giving us forgiveness of sins and making us clean from all evil. (1 John 1:9 BBE)
However, Cain would not do that. As I said before, there are repercussions for your actions.
The curse of Cain
11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
This is where it gets a little weird, but again, there are no straight forward answers as why Cain even has an understanding that people would kill him, unless he is aware that this level of activity is all ready going on, out there.
Once again, God shows mercy and love for those made in his image, and so He marks Cain in an effort to divert people from killing him.
While you might think that Cain’s lineage is over, but through his offspring, we have metal work, instruments of music, and Jabal, the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. While that may seem innocent enough, it is also the foundation for an evil, violent world that has no relationship with God.
The closest thing God has to his original creation is Adam and Eve, not that it matters now, for everything is broken, but there is a distinct difference, for they are the only ones left that understand what it means to commune with God.
Chapter 4, continued.
The birth of Seth
25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”
26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.
Two things that jump out here, Adam and Eve have had another son, he becomes the lineage that brings about Jesus, and after Seth has his own son Enosh, men begin to call upon the LORD.
Men began to call upon the LORD. You would think that at least three people might have done that already. This has huge implications because we have so much activity going on in the background, and apparently none of these people has acknowledged God.
If you look the name Enosh up, you might not think it unusual:
‘ĕnôsh The same as H582; Enosh, a son of Seth: – Enos. However, pursue it further and it defines Enosh with a little more detail: properly a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified ‘âdâm ruddy, that is, a human being)
So Enosh marks a transition from God’s original creation, ADAM, to what is now defined as a mere mortal. This is another huge clue about what is going in the background.
Recapitulation of the creation of man
1 This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man. ”
It seems as though this will be a complete retelling of Adam’s lineage, but watch how it changes.
The genealogy, age, and death of the patriarchs from Adam to Noah
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters
The recorded lineage just changed, dropping Cain and Able. The significance now falls upon Seth, why, because his is the line through which redemption will come, and the plan is already in action.
An obvious example of this love, which we should be able to pick up on, shows up in John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son.
“The Story”, shoots right past so many things, which have tremendous significance. (I say that because I have looked at many of these things, and I have come to understand that there is nothing insignificant in scripture.) Examples:
- Enoch – This man, a descendant of Seth, walked with God and was no more. He did this during a time when we see no mention of anyone else doing this. He was the father of Methuselah.
- Methuselah –Lives to be 969 years old. How does that affect anything? Do a little math and you will find that Methuselah, the oldest man on earth, died the same year as the flood. You might think that insignificant until you realize that his name is actually prophetic, conveying that at his death it will come. So Methuselah played subtle yet prophetic role.
- THE FIRST MAN. Adam. “Of the earth, earthy.” His happiness Gen_1:28). His moral dignity, likeness of God (Gen_1:26; Eph_4:24; Col_3:10). His mental greatness; named the animals, etc. (Gen_2:20). His regal position (Gen_1:28). His relation to other created intelligences (Heb_2:7-8). His great age; lived 930 years (Gen_5:5). During 243 years a contemporary of Methuselah, who for 600 years was contemporary of his grandson Noah. The Biblical Illustrator
Why are any of these people significant?
Just look at the meaning (in italics) of the names (in bold type), placed in sequence and try to tell me that anything God does is insignificant. [I was aware as I wrote this out that I heard something like this before. I looked the names up in Strong’s and Brown Driver and Briggs concordances and developed this. I believe that it conveys strongly, that God had a plan all along.]
The supreme(God) – created a human being (Adam), made in His own image, but this man failed and so God introduced a substitute (Seth)– Jesus was that substitute who came as a mortal man (Enosh). This mortal man, Jesus Christ completely paid the price necessary for man’s redemption, and essentially fixed (Kenan) everything so that we could again be to the praise of God (Mahalalel). In order to do this Jesus had to descend(Jared) into the depths of hell itself. Because he willingly paid this price for us, God declared Him a priest forever, and He dedicated (Enoch) us back to God. This Jesus we follow is of that branch (Methusaleh), and He now reigns as the powerful (Lamech) Son who is seated on the right hand of the Father. He did this so that we followers of Christ can have a hope and a promise of entering into that rest (Noah), where we will spend eternity with our redeemer forever.
“Life becomes one big party”
In “The Story”, this is our transition to Noah, “life becomes one big party with no thought of consequences … except for one man.” Is that how it all comes about? It does not sound that bad, certainly not bad enough to call for a worldwide destruction of man.
Lamech, the son of Methuselah, has a son named Noah.
Genesis 5:29 LITV and he called his name Noah, saying, this one shall comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands because of the ground, which the Lord has cursed.
If your object is to find the love and mercy of God running through the creation story, then you are at times going to have look beyond the vague and the obvious.
Noah: his name means rest; just look at the first seven verses of chapter 6 and tell me if you see any rest there. That tends to imply a multifaceted and future event. Sure, the obvious event, that potentially brings a handful of people rest, is only a short-lived event, for man will multiply again, and evil is right there on the boat with them. Therefore, this has to be looking toward our final redemption.
The wickedness of the world, which provoked God’s wrath, and caused the flood
Genesis 6:1-7 LITV And it came about that men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them.
(2) The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good, and they took wives for themselves from all those whom they chose.
(3) And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man; in their erring, he is flesh. And his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
(4) The giants were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them; they were heroes, which existed from ancient time, the men of name.
(5) And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the daylong.
This section of passages hold hidden clues about why Noah was the man who was picked. Righteous, no doubt, but having been given a prophetic name meaning rest, plays a huge role, and there is something about the sons of God seeing that the daughters of men were good, and taking them for themselves, plays a major role too. I remind you, there is nothing insignificant in scripture. If you jump, back to chapter five of Genesis you find a lineage spelled out, leading all the way to Noah. As you can see, just about everyone else on the face of the earth is tainted by this influx of “sons of God”. That term, ‘sons of God” causes many people confusion, but it should not for you find it in the opening of Job where Satan presents himself before God, as he has either mixed in with “the sons of God”, or he is considered one.
Job 1:6 KJV Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
I wish I could just avoid the following verses, because I am hard pressed to understand the love and mercy that may be buried in them. What I do hold on to is the fact that God had a plan, something that He alluded to when He spoke to Eve about her seed bringing about the final destruction of the serpent, and his plan has one intent, to rescue all who come to him, because he loves them.
Genesis 6:5-7 CEV The LORD saw how bad the people on earth were and that everything they thought and planned was evil. (6) He was very sorry that he had made them, (7) and he said, “I’ll destroy every living creature on earth! I’ll wipe out people, animals, birds, and reptiles. I’m sorry I ever made them.”
Noah finds grace
8 But Noah found (attained) favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Noah found favor, but not just because he did not partake of what was going on around him. You have to throw yourself back in time to understand the background here. Scripture does not tell us that God showed Adam the how and whys of making a sacrifice, but we see Cain and Able both doing just that. If Adam told Cain and Able, then he surely told Seth as well. And it does not take much of an imagination to think that this information was passed along to successive generations, all the way to Noah.
Now all that is merely assumption, but it is a really good one based upon what we know about Able and his sacrifice, and the fact that Noah offered up a sacrifice once they were able to walk on dry land.
These are the generations of Noah
Genesis 6:9-10 LITV These are the generations of Noah. Noah, a righteous man, had been perfected among his family. Noah walked with God. (10) And Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Three sons, a parallel to Adam. Shem is the one that carries the lineage through to our redemption, and he leads to Abram.
Genesis 6:11-13NIVNow the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
The order, form, dimensions, and end of the ark
14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: …
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Noah worked on this boat for one hundred years. Is that all that was going on? Absolutely not! For 100 years was gave the world a chance. Could they all have fit on that boat had they repented? Of course not, but has relented from his plans in multiple places, and even those that got destroyed, like Sodom and Gomorrah, would not have experienced God’s wrath had they found 10 righteous people in town. Nineveh was temporarily reprieved when they followed their kings lead and repented. So I suspect God would have relented from his destruction for even 10.
But that did not happen.
1 Peter 3:20 CEV They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them. Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood.
Jesus, in Matthew 24, used Noah and the flood to describe events that are going to happen in the near future. He said that it will be as in the days of Noah, Luke’s gospel tells us, that though it was violent and evil, life just kept going on as usual. And Matthew 24 compares the destruction coming upon the world with Noah’s flood.
The writer of Hebrews speaks of Noah’s faith and that it saved him and his family from judgment that was to come upon the world.
Hebrews 11:7 CEV Because Noah had faith, he was warned about something that had not yet happened. He obeyed and built a boat that saved him and his family. In this way the people of the world were judged, and Noah was given the blessings that come to everyone who pleases God.
Noah, with his family, and the living creatures, enter the ark, and the flood begins
Genesis 7:13-16 NASB On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, (14) they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds. (15) So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. (16) Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the LORD closed it behind him.
People struggle all the time with questions, such as: what are the signs of His coming? When will he come back for us? Will we go through the tribulation?
If I used Noah as my only example of what the end will look like, then I would have to say that avoiding trouble is not really an option, because either way you look at it, you are going to get your head wet.
For well over a year they were in that boat. Eventually the waters receded and they walked out of the boat.
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds–everything that moves on the earth–came out of the ark, one kind after another.
He builds an altar, and offers sacrifice, which God accepts, and promises to curse the earth no more
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. 22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
God made a covenant with Noah, a promise to all mankind forever, that he would never flood the earth again.
Genesis 9:3-7 NASB “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. (4) “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. (5) “Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. (6) “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. (7) “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”
It is not the law like Israel received under Moses, but there are some standards to live by.
Genesis 9:18-20 NASB Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan. (19) These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. (20) Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.
Very similar to Adam and his three sons, Noah too has three boys, and virtually every nation that arises out of these sons becomes some sort of thorn in the flesh to the nation that will arise as Israel.
Genesis 10:1-20 NASB Now these are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah; and sons were born to them after the flood. (2) The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras. (3) The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah. (4) The sons of Javan were Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim. (5) From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. (6) The sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. (7) The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. (8) Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth. (9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” (10) The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. (11) From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, (12) and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city. (13) Mizraim became the father of Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim (14) and Pathrusim and Casluhim (from which came the Philistines) and Caphtorim. (15) Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth (16) and the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgashite (17) and the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite (18) and the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite; and afterward the families of the Canaanite were spread abroad. (19) The territory of the Canaanite extended from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; as you go toward Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. (20) These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, by their nations.
One language in the world
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
The building of Babel
2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
It is interrupted by the confusion of tongues, and the builders dispersed
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 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. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel –because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
The generations of Shem
10 This is the account of Shem. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father 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.
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, Nahor and Haran.
If you want to play the righteous indignation card, you could ask why God sought out Abram, an idol worshipping, son of a pagan, out of the Ur of the Chaldees? They were by the way, to become the Babylonians.
That is pretty much it for chapter one of “The Story”. As I tried to relate some of what I had seen in scripture, but not in “The Story”, one of the guys says to me, so basically what we have here is a story of incest. He was talking about Cain, and his response is the common concept most people have. Really though he is kind of right in his assumption. Let me explain.
God only put two people on this earth, and they explored and dominated the earth and every living creature, just as he said, but after sin entered into the man God says to the woman, now you will have pain in childbirth. Why would that make any sense to someone who, we assume, has never had a child. Let us say that two naked people, run boundary free with the exception of the fruit off one tree, throughout the earth naming things and poking a little fun at each other. The potential of thousands of people like Adam and Eve could have been produced. Each one then reproducing their own children, pain-free.
Why none of this seems important, I do not know, but it tends to come into play when Cain, after killing his brother says to God, people will kill me. This is another place where if I only allow God the three people I can physically count from scripture, then Cain should also have no concept of what people would mean. God marks him to warn others, an act of compliance without an argument. If there had been an argument would it have sounded like this, you moron, what are you talking about. Beside that there are no other people, by the time your parents make enough to cause you any trouble you will be dead. That is a conversation that never took place, because God understood exactly what Cain was asking him.
Cain is sent away and finds a wife. God has not made any others so they only have one source and that is Adam and Eve. From Cain’s “marriage” to this woman they produce sons, and they to marry women. Are you beginning to grasp that there is an aspect of the big picture that is not given to us directly.
I do not suggest you race through 11 chapters of Genesis, but take the time to figure out what is going on here. As you can see God had a plan, and he spelled it out several different ways. And, if you are paying attention you can find His character shining through traditional thinking, but you may have to look for it.
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As always, now is the time to turn your heart toward Jesus Christ. He already paid the entrance price for you, and the journey is incredible.