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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 5: Genesis 11:1-9

Summary of Genesis 11:1-9:

In the beginning, every human spoke the same language. Then, they began to build the Tower of Babel that would reach the heavens and make a name for themselves. The Lord came down to see what they were up to. Instead, the Lord scattered them and confused their languages so they couldn’t come together and do this building again.

BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

13) They were building the tower to make a name for themselves, not make a name for God.

14a) Power, greed, self-worth, acknowledgement, and to be equal with God.

b) Personal Question. My answer: Everywhere.

15) God redirects, like a parent would. He doesn’t destory mankind, but He does what is best for them and that is in this instance to break them up so they would be more likely to rely on Him rather than themselves.

16) Personal Question. My answer: That man would not be about self-aggrandisement, but instead seek God and credit God in all things. God wants us to work together for His glory, not for ours.

Conclusions BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

God scatters the people for their own good. Our culture always talks about brining everyone together; yet, here we see what happens when we do come together in such a manner. Perhaps God knows what’s good for us after all and maybe separate is not such a bad thing.

End Notes BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 5: GENESIS 11:1-9

God commanded everyone to spread out and populate the land in Genesis 9:1 Instead, they build a city in Shinar (Babylon) in this passage.

Brick making was a common building material in ancient times. Tar was and still is used for waterproofing, such as in Noah’s ark an Moses’ basket (Exodus 2:3). Some scholars believe that the tar indicates the people still thought they would be killed again by another flood. However, this is speculation as tar is a common building product.

 

Were the People Really Reaching for Heaven?

Bible Scholars believe they were trying to reach the heavens, and most believe this tower was real.

God may have came down to earth as Jesus. The “us” is the Holy Trinity. God scattered the people for our good out of mercy. He could have killed us all again if He had wanted.

I find it interesting that God acknowledges that man can do anythien when they come together. This is powerful for us today. Although we’re divided, it appears God wants it so.

Language is unique to man that it can only be explained as a gift from God. As man scattered, differences in the people slowly developed due to the limited gene pool. Yet, the world is incredibly diverse — just as God wanted it to be.

Man is still man — a sinner at heart. Only a perfect man, Jesus, can save.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

sUMMARY OF Genesis 10

Genealogy of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Noah’s sons).

The sons of Japheth were maritime peoples and spread out with their own language.

Cush was the son of Ham who was the father of Nimrod who grew to be a mighty warrior and hunter on earth.  The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in Shinar.  Then Cush went to Assyria to build Ninevah, Rehoboth, Ir, Calah, and Resen.

Later, the Canaanites scattered, pushing out the borders from Sidon to Gaza and Lasha.

Shem’s ancestors lived in the eastern hill country from Mesha to Sephar.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

10a) Personal Question. My answer: We’re seeing the nations as they spread out over the earth. Jonah was called to preach to Ninevah but ignored God instead and got swallowed by the whale. Babylon, of course, will enslave all of Israel. The Tower of Babel was supposed to have been erected in Babylon as well.

b) They are all interconnected.

11) A mighty hunter on earth before the Lord. He was power hunger. It is widely believed that Nimrod was the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, although the Bible never outright says this. Nimrod’s kingdom included many cities, including Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.

12) Personal Question. My answer: Nothing.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

I got nothing here.

End Notes BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 4: GENESIS 10

  • Japheth is believed to be the father of the Indo-European peoples, which is Western Europe to India.
  • Gomer is believed to be the Germans, French, Spanish, and Celts.
  • Mogog, Tubal, and Meshech is believed to be the Russians.
  • Madai is the people of India, Iran and Iraq.
  • Javan is believed to be the ancient Greeks.
  • Gomer would be Mesopotamia.
  • Togarmah would be Armenians.
  • Sons of Javan are the ancient Greeks.
  • Sons of Ham, Cush, and Mizraim come the Africans.
  • Sons of Canaan would be the Lebanese.
  • Sinites are believed to be the peoples of Asia.
  • Shem is believed to be the people of Persia and Assyria, Armenians, and the Hebrews.
  • Job is from Uz.

Like most lists of names and genealogies in the Bible, it is used to chronicle the line of Jesus and collaborate God’s words to man (who always seems to need evidence).  Also, it explains how the world was re-populated after the flood and who and how founded the nations of the earth.

Fun fact:  Nimrod’s name means “let us rebel.”

Fun fact: This is the first use of the word “kingdom” in the bible.

Map of Table of Nations Here

In general:

Japheth-Europe

Ham-Africa

Shem-Asia

Good map of Fertile Crescent, showing Nimrod’s kingdom here

 

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Summary of Genesis 9:24-29:

Noah cursed his youngest son, Ham, after he found out what has been done to him (whatever that was). He curses Canaan ot be a slave to his brothers. He blesses God and asks for Japheth’s terrritory to be extended and may Japheth live in the tents of Shem. Noah lived to be 950 years old and then he died.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

7) “May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend the territory of Japheth. May Japheth live in the tents of Shem, may Canaan be his slave.”

8 ) Part personal question. My answer: God is in control. Unsure about when I learned this.

9) Personal question. My answer: Since we are all descended from Noah, he’s responsible for our existence. Unsure on the rest.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

As you can tell from my answers, I’m not gleaning a whole lot out of these lessons. I apologize in advance if I’m not all that helpful. Please leave your answers in the comment to help others.

End notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Apparently something had happened to Noah that warranted a curse for all of eternity and posterity.

Ham sinned by Canaan, Ham’s son, was cursed. This is the prophecy Noah reveals. We know God does not punish the son for the sins of the father (although we are all punished by Adam’s sin). We each are personally responsible for our sins and will stand before God to answer for them one day.

Apparently nothing is noteworthy after this incident in Noah’s life to record. Still, Noah is a man of faith by the Hebrew writer in Hebrews 11:7.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

Summary of Genesis 9:18-23:

Noah had three sons with him in the Ark: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Ham was the father of Canaan) who then populated the earth. Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

3) Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

4) Personal question. My answer: Sin is pervasive.

5) Personal question. My answer: Avoid sin.

6a) Personal question. My answer: I’d say we’ve all been affected by our parents in some way. We learn from them how to be successful, or sometimes we repeat their mistakes.

b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s hard to say since it’s probably just my children who are affected. I’d like to think they don’t repeat my faults and they learn from my successes, but who knows. It’s hard to teach what only experience can teach you. In truth, it’s hard to say how anyone is being affected, even the persom themselves, without hindsight.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

I’m not totally sure I see the big deal in this passage. This happens all the time where people get drunk and others walk in on them. I’m also not sure about these questions either.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

We see the world being repopulated from the three sons mentioned here. For a complete list of descendants, stay tuned. It’s coming up in Genesis 10.

Fun Fact: We see the first recorded person drunk here — Noah, a giant of the Bible.

So what’s the big deal here? For me, it was hard to see since the Bible gives very little information but the facts. We’ll see in our next lesson that something was a big deal because Noah curses his youngest son, Ham, the land of Canaan.

Theories of the Big deal:

  • Noah was sexually abused by someone, perhaps his son, Ham. This is derived from a different translation that says “became uncovered,” which is associated with sex here: (Leviticus 18:6-20).
  • Ham made fun of Noah for being drunk

In truth, there is so little information here that we just don’t know. It’s up to interpretation. I find it strange the other two brothers walked in backwards. Being naked is nothing to be ashamed of. This is weird to me.