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Lesson # Genesis 10:1-5
Study Material - Genesis 10:1-5
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1 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 And the sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah. 4 And 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.
You may wish to review the image chart on Noah's Generations on the index page in order to keep track of all the players. Lots of names will be thrown at us in the next couple of chapters. Names which set the stage for the countries and various groups of peoples for the next several centuries following the days of Noah.
When chapter 10 was written, the peoples of the world began spreading out ever so slowly, but eventually spread out from the location of the ark to the four corners of the world. Here Moses begins this listing with Japheth, who would father the beginnings of the races typically gentile and those who would not be enemies of the Israelites at least in the days of Moses, as much as the descendants of Ham would be.
Recall the curse of Ham to his distant son Canaan. Though Ham was a black man, he had many sons who were not black. So color is not an issue in the curse, only attitude of soul.
These references also give us some points of reference to locations for future events such as Armageddon as well as other portions of scripture giving us some reference such as Jere. 25:22 and Isa. 42:4 which both refer to the 'isles' as the distant lands beyond the sea. The descendants of Japheth settled in the distant lands to the north, in Asia, in the Pacific, and probably in the American continents as the Indian populations came from Asia through Alaska, or by island hoping across the Pacific and settled on the west coasts of the American continents. While other peoples came across through Europe to Greenland and eventually Canada and south along the East coasts of the American continents.
Gomer is a reference to peoples who lived in Southern Russia. They were called Gimirra by the Assyrians, and they were called Kimmerians by the Greeks. They swept east and west across Asia in the first millennium. In Eze. 38:6 Gomer is referred to as part of the peoples from the north.
Magog is a reference to peoples generally known as the Scythians referred to by Ezekiel and generally from the areas north of the Black and Caspian Seas, and with indefinite boundaries. They are also referred to in Col. 3:11. They are a barbaric peoples, uncircumcised who did not settle in one place but wandered about as nomads. Josephus refers to them as one of the origins of the Parthians who settled east of the Euphrates river into India.
Madai refers to the Median empire and their relations to the Assyrians in the area of present day northern Iran.
Javan is a reference to peoples in the area of Greece and Italy and Sicily. And then there is Tubal and Meshech who are always coupled together and mentioned by Eze. 27 as war like and slave traders. They were more peoples from north of the Black Sea area.
Pirate peoples who lived along the Aegean Sea are the descendants of Tiras round out the descendants of Japheth. In short these generations were negative toward God and moved farther and farther away from God in their movements across the planet. As described by historians they were people on the move, unsettled, aggressive doing as they pleased, and in general following the lead of their sin natures.
When Bible doctrine is not available and especially when there is no interest in Bible doctrine, then people make up their own rules. They do not establish boundaries in their lives, but live by morals that suit them at the time. They are invaders and are invaded. They are enslavers and are enslaved. Always without direction and when boredom sets in they either become restless and attack others or they become lax in their defenses and become victims of others.
There are a number of Biblical Encyclopedia's which contain tons of material on these ancient races which you can review at your leisure in probably your local Christian book store, or even over the internet I suppose. The Britannica web site carries a lot of history.
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