Table of Nations Back to all sermons


Date: June 10, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 10:1–10:32

  • Genesis 10
  • Table of Nations

1 These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.

(Genesis 10:1)

2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5 From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, by their clans, in their nations.

(Genesis 10:2-5)

6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 8 Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” 10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and 12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city. 13 Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.

15 Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 17 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 18 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the clans of the Canaanites dispersed. 19 And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.

(Genesis 10:6-20)

21 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, children were born. 22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. 23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 24 Arpachshad fathered Shelah; and Shelah fathered Eber. 25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother's name was Joktan. 26 Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 30 The territory in which they lived extended from Mesha in the direction of Sephar to the hill country of the east. 31 These are the sons of Shem, by their clans, their languages, their lands, and their nations.

(Genesis 10:21-31)

32 These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood.

(Genesis 10:32)

Main Point

  • The main point of this chapter in Genesis is tot ell us what occurs after the flood
  • We find the blessing comes to fruition
  • We also learn from them come the major cities, nations, and people groups
  • Thus the world in which Abram and his descendants live is seen in this chapter

Map courtesy of the ESV Study Bible

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples
  • We see the results of repopulation, and how each of these groups originated from one place
  • Reminder: Fellowship of Humanity
  • It can be easy for us to think, “Us against them.”
  • Sometimes it is a good thing, but it can also cause us to forget that they are derived from this family
  • It should cause us to remember, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and the second which is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.” and “Do unto others…”

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples (2)
  • It reminds us how humanity is seen by God as a family
  • How each of us, all of us, have this innate reality of being image bearers of God
  • When we consider the multitudes and the many different nations…we are called to also remember that we are connected
  • It should instill a sense of justice for our fellow humans, and should cause racial prejudice to be far from us
  • Because we all have the same origin

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples (3)
  • But this leads to a problem
  • They all had their own lands, languages, peoples
  • What comes when separation occurs?
  • Wars, political intrigue, the great schism
  • Despite the blessing, we still see a sense of judgment
  • This judgment brought about a seemingly hopeless division within humanity
  • When we consider the names on the list, consider the ramifications
  • It expresses things which are universe truths for us
  • Origins and division

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples (4)
  • Like all genealogies we are reminded that we are part of a chain
  • That there were many who came before us
  • There will be others after us
  • But of all the things this table of nations reminds me of, there is one beyond them all
  • These names become great nations and peoples
  • But it reminds me how from one individual comes many
  • How this ultimately brings me to the name we all bear, that of Jesus Christ as Christians

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples (5)
  • How Jesus Himself has come, and in His coming has brought forth a new kingdom
  • A nation whose purpose is not to glory in the world, or themselves, but Christ
  • It reminds me of all the important titles we have…the name of Christ is the most important
  • We are not to be most defined by the name of lesser places, but that the first thing which should cross the mind of others is Jesus
  • The table of nations if fascinating
  • How wonderful is Jesus that it is no different for us in Him
  • How much greater is the name of Christ

Application Points

  • Nations and Peoples (6)
  • We are a blessed people to be in Christ in such a way
  • We are blessed because of the nation which is ours
  • Our inheritance is more than silver or gold…it’s eternal life
  • There is no greater inheritance, or land, or kingdom, than the one which we belong in Christ
  • Be encouraged, as you think of all this, to take great pride in knowing our identification is found in the Son of God, Jesus Christ
  • In His Name be blessed
  • In His name find your foundation
  • In His name give praise to God the Father forever

Application Points

  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Fall
  • Redemption
  • Glorification