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Lesson # Genesis 10:6-14
Study Material - Genesis 10:6-14
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6 And the sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. 7 And 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 And 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 And Mizraim became the father of Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim 14 and Pathrusim and Casluhim (from which came the Philistines) and Caphtorim.
Here we have the sons of Ham mentioned. The first is Cush which is named after the land around which flowed one of the rivers out of the Garden of Eden. He is the ancestor of the Babylonians. The second son is Mizraim, fathered the peoples who settled in Northern Africa and specifically in Egypt. The third son, Put, is associated with Persia and Libya and the lower portions of the Middle East. Canaan is associated with the various peoples of Palestine in Moses' day. These are the peoples whom the curse through Ham were directed. Note that these were not black peoples. Too often the curse has been associated with the Negro race. Probably out of ignorance and for the convenience of prejudice against the black races. Wicked people always look for the easiest explanation to support their lies. And prejudice is certainly a lie attempting to yield preference to one group over another, to blame another group for the problems of the first group. So though Ham was a black man, many white races came from him, and it was actually the white groups who received the curse, the groups residing in Palestine at the time of Moses. And still color was not the basis for the curse, but their mental attitude, their rejection of God was the basis for their cursing and the judgment against them. Of course this curse applies to any person at any time in history who is negative against God and not limited to a few groups of peoples who lived several thousand years ago.
Out of Cush came a man named Nimrod, a mighty hunter, or better described as a ruthless warrior. He was mighty against the Lord. He built cities and more cities. He subjected people to his will. He seized power by force and was not appointed to power nor elected to power. He started the kingdom of Babel and later Nineveh.
As in the other lines of generations of peoples who started various groups and nations and give us some reference to how peoples spread out across the earth through Japheth, the gentile races of the north and east, of Ham, the races of the south, and finally Shem who began races in the middle east and the west. We need to note that these men had both sons and daughters. The sons married the daughters, and their respective children intermarried within the three original lines of the sons. So there is no single pure race in any of this. Daughters of Shem certainly married sons of Japheth and Ham and so forth. I seriously doubt that in that first century after the flood when there were few people, that any of these lines remained separated to themselves. They lived near the ark, and moved to the area out of Turkey and out of the mountains, Gen 11:2, and into the areas of Syria and Iraq. As they were of one language at the time, then intermarriages would be only natural. So no pure super races exist on this planet.
A grandson of Ham through Cush was named Havilah, yet another name from the time of Adam, so there was some Biblical knowledge passed down through the line of Ham through Cush. Bible doctrine was not limited to Shem's line only. But Nimrod represents the power lust re-emerging from within the soul of an evil man. As peoples and populations began to grow, then there was opportunity for someone to take advantage of others. God commanded to develop the land and prosper by it. Nimrod sought greatness apart from Gods commands and he tried to subdue people instead of the earth. Or he used people for his own agenda and at their expense. Weaker peoples were ruled by stronger people. The sin nature takes advantage of others and cares nothing for them, only thinking of self.
Nimrod was a great builder, but a builder of things of this earth, things that deteriorate eventually. He was a great warrior, but nor for good or the benefit of others, but for his own selfish interest. He was never satisfied with his accomplishments, but wanted more.
The remaining peoples mentioned establish the lines of the Philistines who will be enemies of Israel for centuries, as well as some of the other nations of the Middle East which are mentioned.
Peoples and nations come and go. Most are lost in historical records as other nations and groups rise out of their history and set new histories. All of which will eventually fail. History begun by man, anything begun by man will eventually fail. The nations, the buildings, the great walls all have a limited life. Only that which God creates and supports, will succeed. The sin nature tries to establish and secure, but it has no foundation, no roots. Like the various peoples started by Japheth and Ham, they moved on when the wind blew, when the storms came, when the flocks grazed elsewhere. They followed the things of this world. The people who follow God in their Bible study are the only people who have a foundation, roots, a basis for eternal life and security in this present life.
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