Genesis 11

Genesis 11:1-9. The Nations Scattered.

1. Unity.
2. Shinar.
3,4. The Tower. Man's building.
5. The Tower. God's inspection.
6,7. Unity.
8,9. Babel.

2185 B.C.

Genesis 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

(The chapter begins with man's attempt to unify mankind, and ends with God's new provision to unify all in blessing with Abraham's Seed. All people and nations of the earth had the same language and understanding of speech. This aided in the forming of Nimrod's one world order. What are the world leaders trying to do today? Nothing new under the sun!)

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar (= Babylon); and they dwelt there.

(The migration of the early civilizations were to the east of Iraq.)

3 And they said one to another,

(Sin with their tongue punished in the same manner)

"Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly."

(Burning them in fire, not waiting for the Sun)

And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

(= bitumen, so tenacious today that detachment almost impossible, compare slime of Babel with the jewels of Zion)

4 And they said, "Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;

(i.e. with the Zodiac depicted on it - tower of Babel)

and let us make a name

(Manifesting independence of God.Nimrod being the rebel leader)

lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

The people of Nimrod's day just didn't believe in the covenants, and instructions that God gave after the flood, and they banded together for protection from the wild animals, and relied on their tower to offer them salvation from another flood. This was their means to have access to heaven. The term "a name" in the Hebrew text manifested their independence from God, and showed their reliance on Nimrod. Nimrod's Babylonian system is built upon a false hope of peace and salvation.

5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

God stated in the Bible what man has to do to be saved, however, even today man is still trying to build his towers to reach his own false peace and salvation. They are trying to bypass the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His shed blood on the cross. They reject God's plan for man, and substitute a religious routine and form called "religion", in it's place.

The term "came down" is an anthropomorphic description of God's interposition in the actions of men. This is the ascribing to God what belongs to human and rational beings, irrational creatures, or inanimate things.)

6 And the LORD said, "Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

(God is now going to teach them a little humility, and try to turn them back to Himself.)

7 Go to, let us go down,

(This is always in judgment. Here in contrast to man's "Go to, let us go up")

and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

(It is God and the angels that performed this act of judgment. This was a miracle, for all people of the earth were as one family, and of the same language. However, their unity will be divided by their languages.)

1946 B.C.

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

(This was to preserve the revelation contained in the Zodiac and the constellations, i.e. God's Zodiac, not Man's. - "THE STARS ALSO." by E.W. Bullinger - pardon some of the broken links to the pictures of the constellations, page needs to be updated.)

9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel (= confusion); because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

(The result of which was the conversion of the Ethiopian, of Ham. Saul, of Shem, Cornelius of Japheth. Tongues confounded in judgment. Given in Grace. United in glory.

There is another parallel between Genesis and Revelation, and this is brought out in Mark 13, and Acts 2. This parallel is in the way that the Holy Spirit of God caused the people of all languages of the earth to understand in the same tongue [language]. When the Spirit filled people spoke, there was no need of an interpreter, and there was no confusion in understanding in anyone's mind. Peter told us in Acts 2:14-21 that this is what the prophet Joel spoke of [in Joel 2:28-32], and Peter said that this will also happen in the last days.

The time is coming when all the peoples of the world will hear the words of the Holy Spirit spoken through God's elect, and they will understand even in the dialect of the area they were born. This time will come shortly.)

10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

Genesis 11:10-26. The Generations Of Shem.

2346 B.C.

11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

2311 B.C.

12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

(Lets draw our attention to Luke 3:35-36; "Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Rague, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala [Salah]." [35] Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad,..." [36]

"Cainan" was added by the Kenite scribe, and injected here to deceive those who desire not to study. Cainan is no where in any original Massoretic text as being the father of Salah, and simply is in error. "It was glossed in from the Septuagint", which is a Greek literature form of the Old Testament Hebrew manuscripts. It was allowed to creep into the New Testament text, for there is no second "Cainan in any Hebrew text here or else where.

I Chronicles 1:18; "And Arphaxad begat Shelah [Salah], and Shelah begat Eber." Here again we see the error of Luke 3:36. The man Cainan appears fourth in the lineage from Adam, and is recorded Genesis 5:12.)

13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

2281 B.C.

14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:

15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

2247 B.C.

16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:

17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg (see Luke 3:35, Phalec) four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.

2217 B.C.

18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:

19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu (= friend) two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.

2185 B.C.

20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug (= branch):

21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.

2155 B.C.

22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor (= snorting):

23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

2126 B.C.

24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah (= traveler):

25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

2056 B.C.

26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram (= a high father), Nahor (= snorting), and Haran (= a mountaineer).

11:27-25:11. The Generations Of Terah.
Introduction (11:27-30).

11:31-22:19. Abram's history: From His Call, to his Trial. (Isaac's birth.)
22:20-24. The Posterity of Nahor.
23, 24. Abraham's history. His old age. (Isaac's marriage.)
25:1-4. The Posterity of Keturah.
25:5-11. Abraham's history. Death. (Isaac's inheritance.)

2056 B.C.

27 Now these are the generations of Terah:

(The "generations of Terah" is the 6th of the 11 "generations" divisions of the Book of Genesis, and stands midway between the generations relating to mankind in general and those of the chosen people)

Terah begat Abram,

(The youngest comes first [born 1996 B.C.] Cp. Shem [10:21], Jacob [25:23], Ephraim [48:20])

Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot (Heb. = a pebble).

28 And Haran died before his father Terah

(The first death so recorded. This is why Lot lived with his uncle.)

in the land of his nativity, in Ur (= fire, light. West bank of the Euphrates) of the Chaldees (Magicians, astrologers).

29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai (= my princes); and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah (= queen), the daughter of Haran (his brother's daughter), the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah (= one who looks forth).

30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

11:31-22:19. Abram's History. (Call to Trial).

11:31-12:3. Abram's Call. Promise of Seed.
12:4-9. Sojourn in Canaan.
12:10-20. Sojourn in Egypt. Denial of Sarai.
13:1-13. Separation of Lot.
13:14-18. Manifestation of the Land.
14:1-24. War on Sodom. Rescue of Lot by Abram.
15. Covenant made.
16. Sarai's Policy.
17:1-14. Covenant repeated.
17:15-27. Sarah's blessing.
18:1-15. Covenant renewed.
18:16-19:38. Destruction of Sodom. Rescue of Lot by angels.
20:1-18. Sojourn in Gerar. Denial of Sarah.
21:1-8. Manifestation of the Seed.
21:9-21. Separation of Ishmael.
21:22-34. Sojourn in Gerar.
22:1-19. Abraham's Trial. Blessing of Seed.

31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they (others beside those listed) went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees,

(a city of great pretensions. Recent excavation shows luxury and attainment. Abraham no nomad)

to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran

(not Haran but Charran, the frontier town of Babylonian Empire, devoted to worship of the Moon-god), and dwelt there.

32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Abraham recognized the covenant that God made with Noah, and he followed the teachings and standards that came from God. Abraham was a righteous man before God, and this is why God wanted to separate Abraham from the rest of his family; for God will deal with Abraham individually.

Abraham believed God's teaching and followed His instructions to the point that Abraham did exactly what God said, and trusted God to provide the protection. That was Abraham's faith, for he knew that it was right, and believed and acted upon that belief. Abraham's actions were sustained by his confidence that if God said it, God would keep His word. That is faith.

Faith must have a object to focus it's actions upon, and to Abraham that object was God's instructions and His covenants with his forefather Noah. Abraham departed from both his father, and the ways of Babel, or confusion; to follow the ways of God. God knew and recognized this faith in Abraham, and God will also bless you today when you place God and His holy Word above all in your life. God is the same yesterday, today, and He will be that way for ever.

You show your genuine love for God when you study his Word, and follow the teaching in your everyday life. This pleases our Heavenly Father. You will be blessed by Him for your commitment.

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