Summary: Sometimes throughout history God has had to break us in order to deal with our sin, not in anger but with true justice and love. We die to the old way of life in order to live for Christ.
Genesis 10 – Part 2 – WHEN I SHY AWAY, DON’T BREAK MY NECK!
I don’t know much about my family tree but I know my grandfather was a tough man who broke horses and had a team of about 40 Clydesdale horses which he used to haul logs. My Dad once drove a team right through a fence. It’s not all that easy to manage a huge team of horses like that, but my grandfather was an expert horseman. He was also a strong man with a bad temper, not a good mix. Once, when the horse he’d ridden to town shied and was about to escape, he flew at it, grabbing it and accidentally broke it’s neck. It fell dead in the main street of town. That poor horse really did end up being broken.
Sometimes throughout history God has had to break us in order to deal with our sin, not in anger but with true justice and love. We die to the old way of life in order to live for Christ. I’ve been digging into the genealogies of Genesis 10 and discovered some interesting things from the commentaries I have been reading, especially the POSB Commentary, which I have quoted in a number of places below. History seems to be a story of people shying away from God and God coming alongside to bring order out of chaos, to deal with our sin and fulfill His promises.
There’s some people mentioned in Genesis 10 that stand out. I’m glad I didn’t pass over them too quickly.
MAGOG - second son of Japheth's sons. The descendents of Magog came to live in what we now know as Russia. They will have a major role to play during the final days of world history Ezekiel 38-39 and Rev. 20:7-10 tells us about this.
MADAI - third son of Japheth. The Madai are the ancient people of Media. They came to settle in Persia. Later they moved into India. The wise men (Magi) who visited Jesus as a young baby were from Media (Matthew 2:2).
JAVAN - The descendents of Javan are the Greek people of the world. They were the ancient Ionians. Genesis 10:5 says: it was these ancient Greeks or Ionians who moved out, explored, and settled various lands and territories, each with its own language. The people of Greece developed one of the greatest societies upon earth. They will play a major role when God ends human history. There’s an interesting prophecy which I will look at in Daniel 8:19-24 (NLT) sometime later which says “Then he said, “I am here to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath. What you have seen pertains to the very end of time. The two-horned ram represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy male goat represents the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes represents the first king of the Greek Empire. The four prominent horns that replaced the one large horn show that the Greek Empire will break into four kingdoms, but none as great as the first. “At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people.”