The Table of Nations (Daily Portion 10312)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
Genesis 10:1-32

This chapter is called “The Table of Nations” by some teachers because it describes the families of the sons of Noah and how by them “were the nations divided in the earth after the flood” (v.32). However, in the middle of the lists of names there are some interesting details. Be sure to look for them.

What Does It Say?

  1. “Now these are the generations of the sons of __________, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and unto them were sons born after the _________.”
  2. By these were the isles of the ___________ divided in their lands.
  3. The sons of Ham were Cush, __________, Phut, and ____________.
  4. Out of the land of Shinar went forth __________ and built Nineveh.
  5. Shem is called the father of all the children of _________.

What Does It Mean?

  1. The beginning of the kingdom of Nimrod was called Babel (v.8-10). Babel is also called Babylon. Look up Babylon in a Bible concordance. Who are some of the significant people in the Bible connected with Babylon? What else can you tell about the people and nation of Babylon?
  2. Compare Genesis 10:21 with Genesis 9:22-24. Now, by comparing these verses, tell what the probably birth order was of the three sons of Noah; that is, who was the firstborn, the second born, and the last born. This demonstrates how we learn from scripture by comparing verses with each other.
  3. One of the sons of Eber was Peleg (v.25). He was called Peleg, which means division, “for in his days the earth was divided.” Some say this division refers to the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Others say it refers to the dividing of the continents into their present positions (having been all one huge continent in the beginning). Which of these do you think is more likely to be the truth? Please give your reasons.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. Nimrod and his kingdom of Babel are described in Genesis 10:8-10. In Genesis 11:1-9, we see the kingdom of Babel as a kingdom that is disobedient to God and tries to reach up to God by their own efforts. In other words, Babylon is consistently bad in scripture. Yet, verse 9 of our chapter states that Nimrod “was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” If Nimrod founded an evil kingdom, we can assume that he was not a godly man. What then does it mean that he was a mighty hunter “before the Lord?” How can something come up before the Lord even when it is not good? Are there ways to get God’s attention that are not good? Give some examples. Consider Genesis 18:20-21; Genesis 19:13; Isaiah 3:9.
  2. By the sons of Noah “were the nations divided in the earth after the flood” (v.32). Modern thinking encourages man to do away with the nations and create a one-world government (much as the kingdom of Babel will try in Genesis 11). However, God seems to prefer man to be divided into different nations. Carefully read Deuteronomy 32:8 and Acts 17:26-27. Why does God divide mankind into nations? What are some good things that come out of national differences? What evil comes from destroying all national boundaries (Genesis 11:1-9 will help on this)?
David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 13:5

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.