These are the clans that descended from Noah’s sons, arranged by nation according to their lines of descent. All the nations of the earth descended from these clans after the great flood.—Genesis 10:32, NLT
Contemporary physicists theorize that everything in the universe once existed in a spatio-temporal singularity. Infinitely dense, that invisible microscopic speck contained all the material that we now see scattered throughout the universe—the stars, planets, asteroids, and gases that we now see scattered across the night sky, and much, much more that we cannot perceive. Our observation of the continuing and ever-accelerating dispersion of the cosmic material does not leave much possibility of any other explanation. This theory is known as “the Big Bang.” Christians call it “the Creation,” having known long before the scientific discovery that God created everthing that exists from what was not seen (Hebrews 11:3).
In the family of Noah we see the Big Bang of the human race. The so-called Table of Nations in Genesis 10 explains the explosive scattering of the human family from its origin in one couple—Noah and his anonymous wife. All the nations of the earth find their roots in her. Interestingly, modern geneticists have proven that a single women, who was not the first woman (!), nevertheless managed to pass her genetic materials on to every human being who now lives. They call her “Mitochondiral Eve,” but if we knew the name of Noah’s wife, her name would be more fitting for that long-forgotten woman of antiquity.
Just like the cosmic material continues to spread more and more rapidly y moves farther and farther from the center of the universe, we also see the increasing ethnic diversification of the human race. People from all over the world are mixing in our time, creating more and more cultural and ethnic diversity. The universe does not remain static, and neither do nations, an outcome intended when God commanded, time and again in the Bible, “fill the earth.”
The history of the family of Noah reminds us that all ethnic groups belong to the same human family. Immigrants and their hosts deserve the same privileges of brotherhood and sisterhood—and still more those who belong to the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
Copyright©2013 by Joseph L. Castleberry.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland Washington. He is the author of Your Deepest Dream: Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life and The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus. Follow him on Twitter at @DrCastleberry and at http://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Castleberry.