Bible Order: Genesis 29:31–31:55
Old Testament Only: Genesis 25
New Testament Only: Matthew 8:14–34
(Current Plan is Chronological)
There are two cities. The city of God and the city of Man – though the city of Man is an illusion. In today’s reading we find a “Table of Nations” which while incomplete, modern researchers are finding is astonishingly accurate. I found reading about the descendants of the three sons of Noah in Dr. James Montgomery Boice’s commentary fascinating but I want to touch on the Tower of Babel in today’s post.
From the beginning man has rejected living in right relationship with God in favor of being his own god. Instead of living with God in the Garden of Eden, we chose to go our own way. Every human being since Adam and Eve has made the same choice. That includes you and me. The story of the Tower of Babel is just one of many biblical stories illustrating man’s deliberate antagonism toward God.
In the middle of listing the descendants of Ham, the Bible tells us about Nimrod.
Genesis 10:8-10 ESV
“Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”