Genesis 11 — the world for a brief time has one mind, speech and culture

Genesis 11 starts with confusion and ends with the story of the family line which will bring the Messiah into the world and bring God’s order back to earth.

Food for thought from the recorded discussion

What is the main message of Genesis 10? When did paganism begin? What was the teaching and who was the teacher?

What did Nimrod call his kingdoms (Gen. 10:10)? What was his first kingdom? What was Nimrod’s goal?

Why was the tower built (Gen. 11:4)?

Why is Shem’s family line listed twice (Gen. 10:22-31 and Gen. 11:10-26)?

What was the first walled city? Why did Nimrod need to build a wall since he was the only person with an army? Who was Nimrod challenging?

What does the Hebrew word for warrior mean (tsayid, Strong’s 6718a)? What is the Hebrew word that is translated as confuse or confound in Gen. 11:7 (Strong’s lexicon No. 1101)?

After God dismantled Babel, what did Nimrod do (Gen. 10:11)? What does God mean when he calls His people to “come out of Babylon”? What kind of man was Nimrod?

What were the generations of Shem? When was Shem’s son Arpachshad born? Was Arpachshad the eldest son? Why is Arpachshad mentioned first in this chapter?

What do the names of these descendants mean?

What does the name of the town of Ur mean (Strong’s 218)? What does the name Chaldean mean (Strong’s 3778)?

What does the name Abram mean (Strong’s 87)? How did Abram get his name? How did Abram’s name change?

Does God always favor the firstborn?

What does the New Testament call Abraham?

Who was Sarai? What does her name mean (Strong’s 8297)?

Who is Milcah? What does her name mean (Strong’s 4435)?

What does the name Canaan mean as the name of the land rather than the name of the man (Strong’s 3667a)? What does it say about the people who settled there?

What do the meanings of the names of the descendants of Shem tell us about the Messiah?

Reader: Jeff. Speaker: Richard Agee.


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