Today’s passage: Genesis 10:1-32
- In today’s passage, we read the genealogies of the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
- Included in the genealogies is some information about where in the world these people groups migrated (After the events of chapter 11).
- Much attention (Some further detail) is given to the descendants of Ham. These are the people (The descendants of Canaan) who would be Israel’s primary enemies later in the narrative flow of the Old Testament.
- Eber (Verse 24) is the father of the “Hebrew” people.
- The earth being divided during the life of Peleg probably refers to the dispersal of mankind after the tower of Babel.
Questions to consider:
- In what way does this chapter mimic earlier chapters after creation and the fall? After Noah and his family got off the ark, there was an example of sin. Then, after God’s command to be fruitful and multiply, what do we read in chapter 10?
- What families or people groups stuck out to you as you read these genealogies? Why? How do these lists set up the next part of the grand story of the Bible?
- Even though these people groups went in many different directions, what is true of all of them? What do we all need? What is God going to bring together from all of them? (Revelation 7:9-10)