11 June 2023 (am) – Genesis 10:1-32

PodcastAndy Bruins preaching from Genesis on Sunday 11th June 2023.

This chapter (and the chapter that follows) bridges the period of history between Noah and Abraham – we call it “the table of nations”. It contains a list of the names of the patriarchs and people groups that descended from each of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.
One of the reasons that this chapter exists is surely to remind us that God knows and is concerned for all of the nations, and not just those descended from Abraham; all of the nations are included in God’s plan or redemption (3:15, 12:3).

Q What is racism? What are some of the ways people excuse it? How does a biblical world view exclude it?

Q Read v8-12. Nimrod, a descendent of Ham, is the only person we are given further information about. What are we told about him? What does the saying about him mean?

Q The name Nimrod means, “we shall rebel” (G.Wenham). Where do we see a similar attitude in the world today?

Q What do we know about Babylon (the heart of Nimrod’s kingdom)? (look up 2 Chronicles 36:17-21, Daniel 4:28-30, 1 Peter 5:13 and Revelation 18:21-24). How would you sum up what Babylon stands for?

Q Read Acts 17:24-31. What does Paul tell the Greeks about God? How has the kindness of God towards the nations always been seen (cf Acts 14:16-17)?

Q What is God’s plan for all people? And what role do you and I play in these plans?

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