Genesis 10 Commentary

Genesis Chapter 10.

Table of nations. That is the title in the NIV Bible. I think it’s a fitting title. We meet these nations as we journey through the Bible. From Japheth, we will see references to Magog and Tarshish. Tarshish is a city that Jonah went to while running away from the LORD’S assignment.

From Ham we have Cush. Cush is mentioned several times in the Bible. Traditionally thought to be Southern Sudan or Ethiopia or both. Canaan also came from Ham. Here is what is interesting. Ham sinned but it’s his son Canaan who is cursed. But the truth is that the curse is a reversal of God’s blessing on sinful mankind. This pattern will continue as we shall see in the rest of the Bible

Cush went on to establish Babylon and Assyria. It is interesting that Israel was in Egypt for protection from hunger and was later on enslaved by the same nation. Both Abraham and Isaac had found safety in Egypt, from famines. During the time of Jeremiah, Israel ran to Egypt for protection. The LORD instructed Joseph to escape Herod by going to Egypt. In the Bible, Israel and Egypt have a very complicated relationship!

Israel went into captivity, to Assyria and Babylon at different times. These were descended from Ham.

I also notice that Canaan’s descendants settled in Sodom and Gomorrah. These two city-states would be destroyed by the LORD for sexual perversion.

Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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