Foundations in Genesis, Part 5

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)

The Origin and Destiny of the Nations

Tower of BabelCursing of the Seed of Ham (Canaan)

  1. Ham dishonors his father Noah
    Gen 9:18-24
  2. The Canaanite Curse and its historical significance
    Gen 9:25; Deut 27:16; Josh 9:23,27; 1 Kin 9:20-21
  3. Parallel between the actions of the Serpent and Ham
    Gen 3:4-7; Gen 9:22

Blessing of Shem and Japheth

  1. Shem and Japheth honor their father Noah
    Gen 9:23
  2. 2. The Semitic Blessing and its historical significance
    Gen 9:26-27
  3. The postdiluvian reestablishment of the Seeds of the Serpent and the Woman
    Cain & Canaan vs. Seth & Shem

Tower of Babel and the Confusion of Language

  1. Man-made religion, creating own cosmology
    • Babel – “gate of God” in Babylonian; “confuse” in Hebrew
    • Ziggurat – model of pagan cosmology (underworld, earth, sky, heaven) with a temple at the apex
    • Man-centered religion
      • Autonomy from God
      • Own Spiritual Center (City)
      • Be with (like) God
  2. Dispersion of nations by confusion of language
    Gen 10:1-32 (Table of Nations); Gen 10:1-9
  3. From dispersion of nations to the calling of Abraham as a holy nation
    Gen 11:8-9; Gen 12:1-3

The Redemption of the Nations

  1. The Great Commission – the declaration of the end of the Canaanite Curse
    Matt 28:18-20
  2. Pentecost – the first fruits of the end of the Canaanite Curse
    • All nations hear their own language (the reversal of the judgment of dispersion at the Tower of Babel)
      Acts 2:1-12, 38-39
  3. The Gospel’s Path of Expansion in Acts (Acts 1:4-8)
    • Peter – the Gospel to the Jews (Acts 1:1-12:24)
    • Paul – the Gospel to the Nations (Acts 12:25-28:31)

Further Study

Recommended Books

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