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The God of glorious beauty did something wonderful by creating a man and a woman, and placing them in the perfect paradise, but sadly they did not keep the simple commands of God, and He expelled them from the Garden of Eden.
Since they no longer lived in the Garden, they could not eat of the tree of life and live forever, but they would
die, and their billions of descendants have likewise died.
Adam brought sin and death into the world, and all their descendants have also sinned. The problem of sin, especially violence, grew and God decided to destroy the entire population of the earth, except one man and his family. After the destruction of the worldwide flood of Noah’s generation, Noah’s family grew and multiplied, but in time Noah’s descendants moved away from God, and would not spread out over the earth as He desired, and so He forced them to do it by giving them different languages.
After the division of humanity, the Book of Genesis follows the genealogy of Shem, one of the sons of Noah. Then Moses followed a family that was spreading out over the earth, and in Genesis 11, the Bible shows this particular family,
“This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran” (Gen 11.27–32).
For the first time since Noah and his sons, Moses started mentioning wives, leading us to believe that he will focus on this family, as they moved from Ur of the Chaldeans to the Land of Canaan, although right here we do not know why they went in that direction, but Genesis 12 will show why.
- Sermon: Genesis as History (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)