Bible Study: Insights in Genesis: Noah and the Table of Nations Part 1

 

Insight in Genesis

As I have just posted a lengthy series on my insights in Genesis over the past few weeks, I have to pause and do a mini-series within a series. My insights into the Flood account brought up some interesting subjects, one of them being Noah’s sons. Studying the ancestry of Noah proves vital to us all. We have all descended from Noah. Genesis 10 may seem dry to most of us, but have you ever taken a close look?

In my last blog about Genesis, I left off with my insights in Genesis with the curse of Noah over his son Ham. While it may seem like the biblical Flood account ends on a sour note, the ending is quite apropos. The author of Genesis leaves us with a prophetic view of what is to come for the future generations of Noah and a threefold nature of man that began with Noah’s three sons and is passed down to every man through them.

The Sons of Noah

I begin then where I left off, with Noah’s three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The biblical account in Genesis 10 orders them the way I have listed them above, Shem, Ham and Japheth. But notice when it comes to list the descendants of Noah’s sons, Japheth is listed first, followed by Ham and then Shem.

The way I see it, the curse and blessing of Noah over his sons wasn’t so much a curse and a blessing. They were insights. In Noah’s old age as he was about to pass from this earth, he had a glimpse of the future. Noah was forewarning his children what would one day unfold through their family lines.

Table of Nations

A brilliant look deeper into Noah and life after the Flood can be found at Doorway Papers by Arthur C Custance. On this website Custance says, “The basic thesis is that the tenth chapter of Genesis, the Table of Nations, is a statement about the origins of the present world population, and of how these descendants of the three brothers spread out over the earth. And it is further proposed that a division of responsiblities to care for the needs of man at three fundamental levels — spiritual, physical, and intellectual – were divinely appointed to each of these three branches of Noah’s family. History bears out the uniqueness of each of these racial stocks in a remarkable way. Shem, Ham, Japheth

Custance did lengthy research to ascertain that while the genealogy of Noah’s sons is always listed in the order of Shem, Ham and Japheth, the actual birth order was in fact Japheth, Shem and Ham. If we look intently at the descendants of all three, we can discover where each of these men dispersed to and set up their base after the flood. Japheth, the oldest, remained in Turkey and spread out around the Caspian Sea and up into Greece and eventually the rest of Europe. Shem occupied Arabia. Ham went along the southern shores of the Mediterranean and down along the western shores of the Red Sea and everywhere in between.

Watch this space for Part 2…

Written by Jori Sams

Mosaic Law
Inspirational BlogJori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun… 

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