GENESIS 10-11: The World After the Flood
Why is it important to know about the earliest human civilization after the Flood? Genealogy is important in certain portions of the Bible. While it may seem like boring reading to many people today, the inspired writers of the Bible needed to show who was connected to whom, and to give a clear account of the line for redemption.
Many of the names listed in chapter 10 are not directly linkable to modern people groups. Most people probably have a bloodline that includes multiple names in this list. However, a few of the names can be linked to people groups today, such as Japheth’s son Gomer, who is associated with some of the peoples of Europe; Ham’s son Mizraim, who is traditionally linked with Egypt; and Shem’s son Arphaxad, who is the ancestor of the Jews and many of the Arabic peoples.
Look for these points as you read through this section:
- Who is the one person the Bible says all living humans are descended from? What should that mean for how we treat one another?
- Why did the post-Flood people defy God’s command to spread out over the earth?
- What do you think they meant in 11:4 when they said, “…so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered…’?
- Why couldn’t God allow the post-Flood people to succeed in clustering together and building the Tower?
FOR YOUR GENESIS CHALLENGE JOURNAL
As you work your way through this chapter, use these four questions as guides for discovery and personal growth:
- Find at least one new fact.
- Discover at least one cultural difference between times in Genesis and our own culture.
- Pinpoint any faith principles you see.
- Select one attitude, behavior, or action that you want to apply in your own life.
You will find it helpful to keep a journal or log to record your thoughts, questions, and findings. Please feel free to share what you are learning on the Aspect Ministries Facebook page.