YOUR TRUE GENEALOGY
The object of Genesis 10 is to furnish a brief but authentic record of the origin of the principal nations of the earth. In the form of a genealogical table or roll of the descendants of Noah, it contains a view of the pedigree of the nations in the then known world(1500 B.C.). As such it is a record of inestimable value, being the most ancient document of the earliest nations, races and cultures. It does not indeed afford to us who live some 3500 years afterwards that degree of definite information which it doubtless conveyed in the time of Moses.
A propr name is apt to assume a new form every time it is translated into a different language, and often in the same dialect at different periods. Therefore it is not to be wondered at that many nations and peoples should have lost the names by which they were originally called; or that these names should have been so altered by time, or so distorted in being transferred into other tongues, as to make it difficult to trace their present names to those here given in Genesis 10.
Speaking in general terms it may be said that the three sons of Noah–Shem, Ham and Japheth–represent the three grand divisions of the human race: Asia, Africa and Europe. The descendants of Japheth peopled Europe, Northwest Asia and the coastal countries around the Mediterranean Sea. The descendants of Ham peopled the southern quarter of the globe, particularly Africa. Egypt is mentioned in the Bible as the land of Ham. One of his sons was called Mizraim. It is believed that Mizraim was one of the earliest names of Egypt. The earliest nations were named after the descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth. The race of Shem occupied the southwestern corner of Asia, particularly around the Euphrates river, including the peninsula of Arabia..
One of the interesting things we learn from Genesis 10 is the answer to the old question, “ Where did I come from?” Who is your earliest descendant? Small children often ask this question. Many spend much time, effort and money to find the answer to this question, and are coming up with ridiculous answers. Genesis 10 answers the question for all people. Every person alive on earth today descended from Shem, Ham or Japheth. Assuming you a re a gentile, it can be said that you came from Japheth and his six sons. The territories of Japheth were chiefly on the coasts of the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. From there they spread out to Europe and on to America.. . Genesis 10:5 says of the sons of Japeth, “From
these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families into there nations.” If you are of Jewish ancestry, your earliest descendant is Shem. Shem represents the godly division of the human race, and true religion came from the descendants of Shem. From him came the three true religions that God gave to the human race: the Patriarchal. Religion(from Adam to Moses); the Jewish religion(from Moses to Christ); and the Christian religion(from Christ to the end of the world). The Bible says, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem(Genesis 9:26) All other world religions are man-made and without God's approval.
The dispersion of these nations to their seveal localities began a considerable time after the flood. Men never leave their abodes in masses except under pressure of necessity or compulsion. We learn in Genesis 11 that pressure was supplied by the intervention of God to prevent the daring scheme of the post-diluvians to make themselves independant of God. At this time the whole earth was of one language. What that original language was is not known. After the flood men migrated from the highlands of Armenia where the ark landed in search of a better soil and climate. They came into the land of Shinar, which was probably present-day Iraq. They soon discovered the art of making brick.
Afterward the idea sprung up in their minds which has been the dream of man in every age, namely, a universal empire with a mighty city for its capital. Nimrod was the first man in history to make this attempt. Later others tried it, including Nebuchadnezzar, the Roman Caesars, Napoleon and most recently Hitler. God brought them all down. The post-diluvians, in the blindness of their pride, fancied that in banding trogether, they might defy God and build a mighty city with it capitral, and defeat His wise design of dispersing them over the earth. God wanted them to scatter abroad and populate the earth. God saw the danger of their scheme and willed that no such power should be establilshed. The means God used after the flood to d efeat the idea of one world kingdom was a confusion of languages. . As they were building the great city of Babylon and the great tower of Babylon, God confused their speech. The builders separated because they could no longer understand one another. The Bible does not assert that all languages spoken on earth today were formed at that time, but in all probability, all languages spoken today are derived from those languages God created at the tower of Babel. One thing is certain, The different languages on this earth are the result of the miracle wrought in the ancientt city of Babylon as recorded in Genesis 11.