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Discover the Book - Sept. 15, 2008

  • 2008 Sep 15
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Cavemen

 

The key to the past history of planet Earth is the Bible. The key that unlocks all the mysterious past events in human history is God's Word. The key to open the vistas of future history for the destiny planet Earth hurtles toward is the Word of God. 

Across the face of our world seethes ethnic rivalry, genocide, ancient hatred, religious and regional warfare. Where did the races and nations come from? Nationalism is rising from the Balkans to the Orient. Terrorists seek to cause concessions to gain independence in the Basque country, Northern Ireland, Palestinian areas and other places. How did all this start? Genesis 10 gives us  the birth of the nations. So, the Bible is the key to the present, which is written in God's Word in the past!  

Open with me to perhaps the most fascinating chapter in the Bible, The Table of the Nations. God's map of all the human family. The ultimate genealogy. All of our relatives are found in just one chapter of God's Word! 

Genesis 10 As we look over these 32 verses tonight you will come to the same conclusion I have. Namely, the Biblical explanation of national and tribal origins is far superior to any evolutionary ideas, both morally and genetically. Note that the Bible does not mention the concept of "race” at all, only languages, peoples, tribes and nations. The most important difference between groups of men, of course, is not skin color, but language. It is only the language barrier that could enforce isolation and inbreeding among men, and it is only such inbreeding that could have produced the many distinctive physical characteristics of the different groups. 

Turn to Isaiah 40-41 and read perhaps the 10 greatest verses on the Majesty of our Great God! They are 40:8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 29, 31; 41:4, 10. Why study Genesis 10? To know how truly great ‘Thou our God Art’! 

God created Adam and Eve the first couple of humans in the History of Earth, they had 2 sons, 2 lines, God chose one Abel’s. Only one of Abel’s line survived the Flood. So God again chose one couple - the Noah’s to start over with, they had 3 sons. God worked down one line Shem’s to one man – Abraham, through a son of promise Isaac, to a son of election Jacob, to 12 sons of which one was Judah through whom came Jesus the Christ! WOW! God is in charge and directs the affairs of humans who as they make absolutely responsible choices, do His will. 

Now to Genesis 10. As far as the early nations are concerned, the three major groups of nations naturally stemmed from the three sons of Noah. Seventy original nations are listed in Genesis 10, extending evidently to sometime soon after the scattering of the people from Babel.  

In general, the Table shows the descendants of Japheth (10:2-5) migrating into Europe, those of Ham (10:6-20) southward into Africa, and those of Shem (10:22-32) remaining in western Asia. Although not certain, it seems probable that the Far East was later settled by certain groups from the Hamitic and Japhetic nations. In any event, there is certainly nothing in either Genesis 10 or Genesis 11 that has been disproved by archaeology. 

The reason why Neanderthal Man was somewhat stooped and brutish in structure was not because he was newly evolved from the ape, but because he had health problems.

“Now, at long last, thanks to the investigations of Dr. Francis Ivanhoe of London, who published his findings in the August 8, 1970, issue of Nature, the Neanderthal puzzle may have been solved. His review of the currently available anthropological and medical evidence shows that Neanderthal Man was evidently the victim of his decision to move too far north at the wrong time, the onset of a glacial age. In doing so, contends Dr. Ivanhoe, he lost sufficient contact with the ultra-violet rays of the sun and because his diet did not provide the missing nutrient, he contracted rickets, the Vitamin D deficiency disease, which was to deform him for thousands of years to follow.”20-9[13] 

BINGO! Now enters God's Word! This picture of Neanderthal Man fits well with the concept of early post-Flood man struggling to cope with a difficult environment. As the Book of Job (38:30 "waters harden like stone, the surface of the deep is frozen" NKJV) may allude to, the glacial period followed soon after the Flood. As we learned in World that Perished in the Genesis Flood , all this was brought on by the changed climatic conditions occasioned by the Flood. Before God destroyed the Old World, there had probably been a global mild, sub-tropical climate everywhere. The most probable explanation for such a universal mild climate was a worldwide “greenhouse effect.” Such an effect could be produced only by a worldwide canopy of some sort, the most likely nature of which would be a vast thermal blanket of invisible water vapor above the troposphere. Such a canopy is suggested by the “waters above the firmament” of Genesis 1:7, the complete absence of rain suggested in Genesis 2:5, and the establishment of the rainbow only following its dissipation as one cause of the Flood (Genesis 7:11; 9:13). 

When the canopy was precipitated at the Flood, the present global extremes of temperature became established, snow began to fall and the great continental ice caps gradually developed. The resulting glacial epoch probably persisted for many centuries in the northern latitudes, at the same time there were pluvial climates and great civilizations developing in the lower latitudes. 

Thus Neanderthal Man may not have been quite the equal in ability or intelligence of those tribes who were living farther south, but he was certainly a true man, no more different from other groups of modern men than various tribes of modern men today are from each other.

“He had a brain with a capacity sometimes larger than that of modern man. He was a talented toolmaker and successful hunter, even dabbled in art and, most importantly from a cultural standpoint, developed a rudimentary social and religious consciousness.”

There seems little of substance remaining in the old evolutionary ideas that man is merely an evolved animal. Both physiologically and behaviorally, man has always been man and the ape has always been an ape. Except for the exaggerated chronologies still employed by the evolutionists, all that we really know of man’s early history fits in perfectly well with the Biblical implications of the nature and migrations of men after the Flood.

 

 

 

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