Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on March 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM|
I understand why the Lord chose twelve disciples to replace the twelve tribes of Israel, but I’ve often wondered why He "...appointed other seventy also...." (Luke 10:1) What or who were they going to replace? If it wasn't to replace the "seventy...elders of Israel" (Exodus 24:1, 9), today, I think I stumbled across the answer. After the flood, and just before God decided to “confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech”, (Genesis 11:7) the nations of the world, at that point, added up to seventy…
Genesis 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2 The sons of Japheth; (1) Gomer, and (2) Magog, and (3) Madai, and (4) Javan, and (5) Tubal, and (6) Meshech, and (7) Tiras. 3 And the sons of Gomer; (8) Ashkenaz, and (9) Riphath, and (10) Togarmah. 4 And the sons of Javan; (11) Elishah, and (12) Tarshish, (13) Kittim, and (14) Dodanim. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
6 And the sons of Ham; (15) Cush, and (16) Mizraim, and (17) Phut, and (18) Canaan. 7 And the sons of Cush; (19) Seba, and (20) Havilah, and (21) Sabtah, and (22) Raamah, and (23) Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; (24) Sheba, and (25) Dedan. 8 And Cush begat (26) Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.13 And Mizraim begat (27) Ludim, and (28) Anamim, and (29) Lehabim, and (30) Naphtuhim, 14 And (31) Pathrusim, and (32) Casluhim, (out of whom came (33) Philistim,) and (34) Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat (35) Sidon his firstborn, and (36) Heth, 16 And the (37) Jebusite, and the (38) Amorite, and the (39) Girgasite, 17 And the (40) Hivite, and the (41) Arkite, and the Sinite,18 And the (42) Arvadite, and the (43) Zemarite, and the (44) Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. 19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of (45) Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born. 22 The children of Shem; (46) Elam, and (47) Asshur, and (48) Arphaxad, and (49) Lud, and (50) Aram. 23 And the children of Aram; (51) Uz, and (52) Hul, and (53) Gether, and (54) Mash. 24 And Arphaxad begat (55) Salah; and Salah begat Eber. 25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was (56) Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was (57) Joktan. 26 And Joktan begat (58) Almodad, and (59) Sheleph, and (60) Hazar-maveth, and (61) Jerah, 27 And (62) Hadoram, and (63) Uzal, and (64) Diklah, 28 And (65) Obal, and (66) Abimael, and (67) Sheba, 29 And (68) Ophir, and (69) Havilah, and (70) Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan. 30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. 31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. 32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.