Bible Study--Genesis 10
by Ella Rose Mast
Vs: 1--Now these are the generations (family history) of the sons of Noah:--Shem, Ham, and Japhet.
Now; we fing that Japhet is listed last here, but then the geneaology of Japhet is first. And as you search the history books you find the names of the sons and grandson of Japhet, especially do you find the names of Magog-- Gomer--and Tubal.
The name Japhet means enlargement, and according to history and to the Swift ministry, at least some of the Japhet people in their migration after coming out of the high country back into northern India, went to the east, and for a long time they held to their racial cleanliness, but further down the line of their geneaology, after the demine of Japhet, this line began to mix with the Asiatics, and there you find those names, and as always this mixture then comes against Christianity. Read the books of Harold Lamb and you will find these names, as you also find in Ezekiel 38.
Before they lost their identity Gomer according to Herodotus would begin the lineage of those known in Assyria as Kimmerians, the forerunners of the Celts. Thus, this grandson of Japhet did not mix the race, but some of the lineage would go on eastward and eventually be absorbed while some would go westward.
The sons of Magog are not mentioned here as these must have been absorbed first, where as the sons of Madai and Tubal also were absorbed in the east, and no longer listed in the generations (family history of Adam--Noal). The sons of Javan are listed and you find these names mostly in the west.
Noah and not doubt some of the children went on down the trail that other Adamites had taken, and Noah was living in Petra when Abraham and his mother came to live with Noah for protection.
Thus the sons and grandsons and daughters of each had a certain destiny to fulfill in this program of God, and no doubt it was carried out.
Verse 5--tells us that at least some of the children of Japhet's son Javan, went south and west, and we find traces of them on the isles of the Mediterranean.
The sons of Ham were Cush, and Mezraim, and Phut and Canaan, and you remember than Cush begat Nimrod.
Now, there was also a land called Cush in Africa, and perhaps that is what mixed up the translators, but there was a river Cush and a land of Cush there in the mid east Mizraim is associated with Africa, so the sons of Ham spread out and for a long, long time they held to their lineage.
Nimrod was the one who built the city of Ur of the Chaldeas and here Terah, a Shemite was his Prime Minister. Nimrod is quoted as being a 'Mighty hunter before the LORD.', and as Ham came into that area of the country, he learned how the Cainaanites had killed the ancient Adamites who came before him, and he set out to cleanse the area of these people.
Now; the son of Ham called Canaan, remember was the child of incest, but he was a white man and he established himself and his people were servants in the homes of the other Adamites, and they also developed a load for themselves as they increased, but they were not counted in the family history thereof.
Vs: 8--Cush begat Nimrod, he began to be a mighty one in the Earth.
Vs: 9--He was a mighty hunter before the LORD.
Vs: 10-The beginning of this kingdom of Nimrod was Babel, and Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Here we are seeing the work of Ham and his sons and grandsons as they spread out in their migrations.
Vs: 11--Out of this land of Shinar went a son--Asshur and he built the city of Nineveh, and the city of Rehoboth, and the city of Calah.
Vs: 12--And he also built Resin between Calah and Nineveh and it was a great city.
Vs: 13--And Mizraim begat Ludim, Anamim, and Lehabim and Naphtuhim.
Vs: 14--And Pathrusim, and Casluhim,
Vs: 15--And Canaan begat Sidon his first born and Heth.
Now;--Remember the son Heth------
Vs: 16--And then this lineage failed and they mixed with the Jebusites, the Amorites, and the Girgasites.
Vs: 17--And the Hivites and the Arkde, and the Sinite.
Vs: 18--And the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite and afterwards the Canaanites, then spread out. This was the basis of the many people in that land.
Vs: 19--And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza as thou goest unto Sodom and Gomorrah, and Admah and Zeboim even unto Lasha.----Thus there were many people in this land of Palestine clear over to Lasha, and they were a mixed, mixed people and they would then absorb many of the Hamites as well, and of course the Cainites had been long in the land as well as Enoch and Job went into the land of Egypt, after their sojourn in Palestine where they built Oruseleum, the City of Peace. Then as Job and Enoch and that great company went down to Egypt to build the great monuments the Cainainites came in and destroyed these ancient peaceful people left in that area. thus this chapter 10 of Genesis covers a lot of history. Some of this will surface later.
Vs: 20--These then were the sons of Ham after their families, after their language, in their countries and their nations.
As you see the Ham line built many cities and nations before being absorbed. Some would also marry into the Shem line and be absorbed that way for they lived side by side for a long time.
Shem is now listed last of Noah's sons because of the fact that his generation (family history) now occupies the last of this book. Earlier as you noticed when mentioned with Ham and Japhet., he is listed first.
Vs: 21--Now unto Shem, the brother of Japhet, the elder, the father also of all the children of Eber (listed here so that you do not forget him when you find his name) to Shem thus were born children. His son's names were:--
Vs: 22--Elam, Asshur, Arphazad, and Lud, and Aram.
Elam is listed as the mountainous district east of Babylonia.
Vs: 23--The children of Aram, were Ux, Hul, and Gether and Mash.
Uz was the country of the Sabeans and the Chaldeans (Job 1:15-17--and Teman near Petra--Job 2:11--)
Vs: 24--And Arphaxad begat Salah, and Salah begat EBER (Heber from whom the word Hebrew came.)
Vs: 25--And to Eber were born two sons, the name of one was Peleg: for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
Now:--as we have told you before, here were two brothers , and the inheritance will now be split into two camps, the Shemites thru Peleg who carry on the story of the building of the Kingdom and the coming of YAHSHUA, and later Joktan will be merged with the Arabs, and at any time with the Shemites and that lineage will hold for a long time as you will later see.
Vs: 26--And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah.
Vs: 27--And Hadoram and Uzal, and Diklah,
Vs: 28--And Obal and Abimael and Sheba.
Vs: 29--And Ophir and Havilah and Joab, all of these were the sons of Joktan.
Vs: 30--And their dwellings were from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar, a mount of the east.
Now:--the names--Sheba and Ophir especially help locate these children for remember the Queen of Sheba came much later to see Soloman and learn his wisdom.
But in the time of Abraham, you will see that there were great armies fighting on the plains of Shinas, fighting over the gold of Ophir.
We then believe that the children of Joktan went from the Persian Gulf area on along the coast and into what is now Arabia. Where as Peleg and his children would go into the area of Chaldea and the land wherein Abraham was born. This would bring the lineage of Shem on down to the time when YAHSUA would be born, and the other Adamites would play their part in this drama and then go to their rest.
Vs: 31--These are the families of the sons of Shem after their tongues, in their lands and after their nations.
Vs: 32--These are the familes of the sons of Noah after their generations in their nations, and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The word earth is here meaning an inhabited area.