In yesterday's reading we heard: "
"From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth."
And for whatever reason, Genesis 10 recounts the descendents of Noah's sons. The movement from Japheth (the youngest son), to Ham (the cursed one in Gen. 9), to Shem...tells us that in which the narrative is interested. Shem will be the ancestor to Abraham. Genesis 10 elaborates on the genealogy of spreading people, with distinct languages and cultures is part of the positive interpretation this chapter is intending to focus for the good of the God's intentions for God's recreation. A negative interpretation of this distinction comes in Genesis 11.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the highland games (a Scottish tradition) in Waukesha (held here every labor day weekend). My favorite part was going through the clans tents and seeing the distinction of each clan, tartans, and traditions. I did not wear my kilt cuz I still don't know where it is from the move. The point of including that in this reflection is that even among the very different clans there was a sense of unity and pride about being Scottish. That is in fact one of the gifts of God's recreation after the flood and the promise; a unity of humanity under its distinct uniqueness. And yes clans do go at each other (no better than the Scots to teach us that) but our diversity is to be embraced while we celebrate our