Genesis 10:32. 32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies (‘ toledoth ’ – generations), by their nations; and out of these the nations were separated on the earth after the flood . 5:1 “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”
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32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies (‘toledoth’ – generations), by their nations; and out of these the nations were separated on the earth after the flood.
5:1 “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”
6:9 “These are the records of the generations of Noah”
10:1 “These are the records of the generations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah”
Q: Were there only 70 nations which came from the 3 sons of Noah after the Flood?
Unlikely. There may have been more, and the number 70 may have been used because of its symbolic significance (Morris, p. 263)
The Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel, and the confusion of languages, was as devastating to mankind as the Flood was to the earth
Rebellion has to have a leader
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12)
Romans 1:18-32 outlines how Satan led Nimrod
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice;
they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Pagan deities are often identified with the stars and planets
Sun-worship occupies a central place
The system was formalized in the zodiac with constellations, and can be traced back through centuries
Behind this façade of images of the heavens, lurks the real host of heaven, the demonic hosts of Lucifer---Satan
Many of the demons were ‘cast down to hell’ (2 Peter 2:4) because of their wickedness in the days of Noah
But a host of them remain at liberty to oppose the work of God and God’s people (Eph. 6:12)
The main trust of the work of Satan is deception
He is the one ‘who deceives the whole world’ (Rev. 12:9)
He causes them to worship something other than the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Rev. 13:14-15)
Satan is a corrupter, not an innovator; paganism with its astrological emblems and complex mythology and mysteries, represents a primeval distortion of God’s true revelation concerning His creation and promised redemption of the universe (Morris, p. 265)
The stars and the zodiac system of constellations became a system of spiritism with the evils of paganism and idolatry.
One of the attempts made by Satan was to unify all mankind under the dictatorship of Nimrod, the rebel.
Nimrod set up a military dictatorship, but also established a priestly oligarchy, in which he was chief priest, and later the chief object of worship.
There is some indication that the queen Semiramis, a familiar name in ancient traditions, was Nimrod’s wife, and was active in this conspiracy (Morris, p. 265)
Q: If we do a Google image search, what will come up?
In Revelation 17:5, Babylon was the ‘mother of harlots and abominations of the earth’
Paganism infiltrated and corrupted Christianity as well
God commanded Noah and his sons that they ‘be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth’ (Gen. 9:1)
In order that this be accomplished in an orderly manner, God has ordained the principle of human government (Gen. 9:6).
Perhaps God intended that the future population be subdivided into workable and controllable social units and nations.
Each nation would contribute to the corporate life of mankind as a whole
Mankind refused to submit willingly to the arrangement God had ordained.
As mankind began to multiply, they preferred to live together in one unit, and instead of separating into many units (nations), they occupied one central location
God brings about a division by special intervention, in order to slow down the spread of paganism, but also to cause the family units to divide and spread out over the earth
Now the whole earth [a]used the same language and [b]the same words.
2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and [c]settled there. (NASB)
a Genesis 11:1 Lit was one lip
B Genesis 11:1 Or few or one set of words
c Genesis 11:2 Lit dwelt
“of one lip and one set of words” is the literal translation of 11:1
“as they journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there” (KJV)
“As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there” (NIV)
Shinar – Southeast of Ararat, perhaps the land of Persia or Afghanistan, and later headed westward into Mesopotamia (?)
They ended up in the fertile Tigris-Euphrates plain, and once the agricultural needs for food were met, they developed an urban community
3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
Nimrod had attained leadership (see Gen. 10:8-10)
Civilization could go in two directions:
A self-sufficient society, integrated under a powerful and brilliant leader, would be a society no longer dependent on God. And this was Nimrod’s aim (Morris, p. 268)
Q: Could the Great Pyramid in Egypt have been the Tower of Babel?
Thomas Yeates in 1833 said "The Great Pyramid soon followed the Tower of Babel, and had the same common origin. Whether it was not a copy of the original Tower of Babel? And, moreover, whether the dimensions of these structures were not originally taken from the Ark of Noah? The measures of the Great Pyramid at the base do so approximate to the measures of the Ark of Noah in ancient cubit measure, that I cannot scruple, however novel the idea, to draw a comparison. "
“...The "Tower of Babel Moment" permits a further speculation: could the "one language" and "one people" be taken in the broadest sense, not only of one natural human language and one civilization, but of one language of science, a unified science and physics? And could the "one people" refer not only to that one paleo-ancient Very High Civilization, but also to the unifying cultural effects that "one language" and unified scientific worldview afforded it? Nothing in the biblical account precludes these possibilities, and indeed, there is a strong indication that the Tower may be the (Great) Pyramid itself, if one understand the "top which reaches to heaven" to be a metaphor of the Pyramid's many dimensional analogs of local celestial mechanics.
By a similar line of reasoning, a unified physics and science is implied in the divine observation that "nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." Clearly the "Tower" was no Renaissance painting of vast scaffolding and cranes groaning to lift massive weights to enormous heights. Something else entirely was at work. In this context, it might not be going too far to speculate that the destruction of the Tower of Babel may refer, in oblique terms, to the destruction of "the Great Affliction" and "Weapon," the Great Pyramid.
In other words, the "Tower of Babel" was an "ekur", a mountain ziggurat or pyramid, the possession of the physics and technology of which allowed its possessor(s) to imagine to do "whatever they imagine to do" in the way of challenging the divine order. The "Tower" was, to put it succinctly, a very threatening device, one well suited to its ambitions of a Nimrod, a would be world-emperor ...”
http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1931882754 Page 211-212
4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (NASB)
Q: Why does the KJV begin the quote by saying, “Go to, let us build…” and the NIV “Come, let’s make bricks…”
A: The Hebrew word ‘give’ (yahab) can be translated as give, or ‘go’ or ‘come’ and most often translated ‘come’ in Genesis 11, meaning ‘grant’ or ‘permit’
Q: Why would God become upset over building a city like this?
Q: Why were they afraid of dispersion over the earth, as God had required?