I’ve made it a goal to sit down about once a week, read one chapter of the Bible, and pull out as much as I can from it, to see what God has taught me and to find out what he’s going to teach me next.
Today, I’m reading chapter 10 of Genesis.
These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. –Genesis 10:32 NIV84
Chapter 10 of Genesis is an account of the lineage of Noah’s sons as they began to repopulate the Earth and spread out, forming new nations, new customs, and new ways of life.
This was the culmination of humanity’s big “Do Over” as granted by God, through His mercy and love.
Of course, the Bible is never deceptive. It never paints over bad news. We already saw that after the Flood was over, Noah himself fell into sin. The Flood was by no means an end to evil in the world.
This chapter shows us the genealogical path that leads to the Hebrews and the Gentiles, but also the path that leads to the Pharisees, the city of Nineveh, the plain of Shinar (where the Towel of Babel would be constructed), and even Babylon.
We are human and we are sinners. There was never a period in human history where everybody got it right all the time.
Even when we are trying, we still aren’t sure. Why do you think there are so many different Christian denominations? We all agree on the key aspects of the faith, but beyond that, we all disagree about different doctrine, based on different interpretations of Scripture.
Back in those days, God would even audibly speak to people, telling them what they should do and how they should live, and even then, the people struggled.
There are quite a few of these genealogical chapters in the Bible, and I always find them encouraging. It’s a huge list of other people, just like me, who struggled in life, trying to do what was right, but making mistakes, even selfish ones from time to time.
These are our ancestors. And we are connected through time, not just by lineage, but by the fact that they were just like us, doing their best to do their best.
In Chapter 10 of Genesis, we find that God’s people multiplied and spread out, we find that humanity still struggled with sin, and we find that, even thousands of years later, humanity still has the same struggles and the same desire to be better.