122) Many Peoples In One Body Of Promised Savior

Part of the problem with understanding the Bible, I’m sorry to say, is that the church experience typically isolates Old Testament “Bible stories” in Sunday School – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Noah and the Ark, The Tower of Babel, Abraham Offers Isaac, and so on. If we take everything recorded in the Bible as a coherent historical record we will understand so much more of God’s entire message to us.

The account of the Flood in Genesis 9 wraps up with a database of Noah’s key descendants in Genesis 10. When the narrative resumes “stories”, the spotlight is on tyrant Nimrod, the grandson of Ham.

It is a given that under any tyrant’s rule there are refugees fleeing war, genocide, slavery, and displacement from prized territories.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented  68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement…nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution…


(Christian Armenians on a death march during the Islamic Ottoman genocide.)

Those who don’t understand the absolute necessity of belonging to a nation haven’t grasped the dire consequences of not belonging to a state.

The pogroms by medieval European states were possible because the Jews were not citizens of, therefore not under the protection of, the state. The Holocaust of 6 million Jews occurred because they were stateless, unprotected by Germany’s laws, and unable to obtain access to another country’s protection through immigration.

Hannah Arendt is considered one of the most important modern thinkers. She spent her entire life critically discussing statelessness as a core concern of human rights and international politics…Her book The Origins of Totalitarianism is a fundamental reference…

Arendt wrote about the refugee crisis during World War II in a brief essay entitled, “We Refugees.” …In 1993…the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben reflected on Arendt’s essay within the context of his time…Arendt’s argument that statelessness is a consequence of the modern nation-state forms the backbone of much of Agamben’s powerful critique of sovereignty. The political and legal structure of the nation-state based on the rights of…citizen excludes those who are not citizens. The exclusion of the stateless, as we witness today, results in the administration of the excluded by national agencies, smugglers, strangers, charities, international organizations and, most tellingly, the police. Agamben is, of course, right. “We Refugees” needs to be read in the context of Arendt’s…The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Now that we have realigned our Sunday School coloring book images with the reality of human nature, let’s examine the line of Melchizedek Shem as the mass of humanity scattered into nations at the Tower of Babel.

“And God…said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…”  (Genesis 1:26-28)

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LordThou…didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Letter to the Hebrews 2:3-7)

Part of the great salvation we should not neglect is the protection and resources available though membership in a nation whose prime directive is to “...provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….

So while Nimrod is obviously a highly significant individual, we shouldn’t let him distract us from the presentation of the main character. That would be God’s Anointed Son, Seed of the Woman in the order of Melchizedek, Father / Leader of those who remain loyal to Creator God. 

Look closer at Genesis 10 with this concept in mind. After listing all of Ham’s fierce descendants grouped into nations according to their gods, without pausing for a breath we read “Unto Shem also…” nimrod-soup

The literary account is subtle, even offhand, as if God expresses through a grammatical shrug that he is not impressed with the terrifying army assembled against his small group of faithful followers.

“These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber…were children born.” (Genesis 10:6-21)


This literary clue is repeated in Genesis 11, where once again we see the narrative contrasts the rebel nations under Hamite Nimrod with the faithful order of Melchizedek without missing a beat.

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one…and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do…Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because…from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. These are the generations of Shem..:” (Genesis 11:6-10)

We know that not all of Shem’s offspring followed “the LORD God of Shem” (Genesis 9:26). They broke into nations such as Akkad and Assyria headed by their patron gods and goddesses.

Therefore Shem’s national identity is expressly identified as “the father of the children of Eber.” In other words, the Eber clan, AKA the Hebrews, was the one nation ruled by YHVH, Creator Singularity and his human vicar Melchizedek Shem

The timeline provided by the genealogical record from Shem to Abram informs us that everyone listed in Genesis 11-12 program was alive and active at the same time, and the backdrop to Eber’s role in history falls into place.  

Eber was born about 200 years after the flood. He was the last of the long-lived ancestors, living 464 yrs until 1817 BC. He outlived his great grandfather Shem, and died during Abraham’s lifetime.

AM BC Birth / Event


0 -4004 Death imposed, calendar begins
930 -3074 Adam aged 930 yrs
1056 -2948 1st generation: Noah born, lives 950 yrs
1558 -2446 2nd generation: Shem born, lives 610 yrs
Approximate same for Ham & Japheth
1656 -2348 The Flood 
1658 -2346 3rd gen: Arphaxad born, lives 438 yrs
Approximate same for brother Assur
Approximate same for 1st cousin Cush son of Ham, lives ~ 430 yrs
1693 -2311 4th gen: Shelah born, lives 433 yrs
1723 -2281 5th gen Eber born, lives 464 yrs
1734 -2270 Historic Sargon begins rule per short chronology, but exact dates unknown
1757 -2247 Peleg born, lives 239 yrs
1787 -2217 Reu born, lives 239 yrs
1789 -2215 Sargon overthrown after 55 yr reign
1819 -2185 Serug born lives 230 yrs
1849 -2155 Nahor born lives 148 years
1878 -2126 Terah born lives 205 years
4th gen Nimrod born, lifespan ~400 yrs
1900 -2086 Nimrod reigns at ~40 yrs old, Tower of Babel begins shortly after
1948 -2056 Abram born, lives 175 yrs
1978 -2020 Tower of Babylon construction stops about now as workforce breaks up
1996 -2008 By now division of physical earth by aftershocks expedited separation of nations Peleg
1997 -2007 Nahor
2006 -1998 Shem moves from cave to Mount Zion? Noah
2018 -1986 Abram age 70 leaves Ur fleeing Nimrod
2026 -1978 Reu
2048 -1956 Sodom & Gomorrah – Nimrod still alive new name of Amraphel to glorify him
2048 -1956 Isaac born, lives 180 years Serug
2087 -1921 Terah
2096 -1908 Arphaxad, approx for Assur & Cush
2108 -1896 Jacob & Esau born, Jacob lives 147 years
2123 -1881 Abraham
2126 -1876 Shelah
2148 -1856 Esau kills Nimrod per Jewish legend Approximate for Nimrod
2158 -1846 Shem, approx. for Ham
2187 -1817 Eber
2199 -1805 Joseph born, lives 110 years
2216 -1788 Joseph to Egypt
2228 -1776 Isaac
2235 -1769 Amram son of  Kohoth son of Levi born
2238 -1766 Jacob & Family to Egypt
2255 -1749 Jacob
2309 -1695 Moses son of Amram born
2319 -1685 Joseph, end of Genesis
2389 -1615 The Exodus under Moses aged 80

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