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So… What happened after the flood and how did the world re-fill? Genesis 10 gives us those answers. It walks through the people God used to repopulate the planet and the different places they would inhabit. This commentary gives a quick summary:
The Clans, Languages, Lands, and Nations. This entire passage sets out, largely in the form of lists, how the descendants of Noah’s three sons populate different regions of the earth. Additional details of special interest are occasionally added. This genealogical-geographical passage is describing a process that covered a long time, as family clans migrated to particular regions (see map). The ancestor after whom the clan or tribe is named may not have lived in the region that later bears his name. Each of the three main parts of this section concludes with a reference to clans, languages, and nations (vv. 5, 20, 31).
On a funny note, don’t you love some of these names? Most of them are on the “don’t name my kid that” list. I think Cush was mad for being named Cush so he named his kid Nimrod. Nimrod acted out because of being named Nimrod and turned into an aggressive warrior/hunter. Just kidding… but really though.
A few observations about this chapter:
• The author wanted to make clear that the flood happened. No doubt about it in his mind; it happened and it is historically verifiable.
• This chapter is in light of what happens in the next chapter (Babel), specifically regarding languages/nations. It seems weird, but it does make some sense when you see the flow of ch. 9 into 10. I see it as “here’s the global BIG PICTURE landscape after the flood”, and ch. 11 tells you how it happened.
What did you see in this passage today? Anything jump out at you?
By: Todd Thomas