Genesis 11 has two parts:
The Tower of Babel (vs 1-9)
Genealogy from Noah’s son Shem to Abraham (vs 10-32)
Tower of Babel
The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. The people journeyed from the east, and they found a plain in the land of Shinar. And they dwelt there.
The people (one to another): Let us make brick and burn them thoroughly.
So, they had brick for stone and slime for mortar.
The people: Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
What had God told Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28) and Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1) to do? Be fruitful and multiple and fill the earth. But the people stayed together. They didn’t want to be scattered over the face of the earth (rebellion), because they wanted to make a name for themselves (pride). They would show their strength and power by building a tower to heaven. Maybe they would even show that they didn’t need God.
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
The Lord: Behold, the people is one, and they all have one language; and they begin to do this. Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Let us go down there, and confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
So, the Lord scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore, the name of it is called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from there the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
“The Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” That was what God had intended – that they fill the earth. But that’s what the people didn’t want. They wanted to band together and show their power and make a name for themselves.
God separated the people by families and nations. (vs 9) Again we are told that God divided the people by family and nations. Remember Genesis 10 told us God separated the people after their families, after their languages/ tongues, in their lands/countries, and in their nations. (Vs 5,20,31).
Notice “race” is not mentioned. God speaks only of families, languages, countries and nations. Man came up with the idea of races distinguished by color.
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
Acts 17:26 God has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…
Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.
Genealogy – From Noah’s son Shem to Abraham
Genesis 11:10-32 The genealogy of Abraham and the genealogy of the Jesus Christ, who is a descendant of Abraham
Noah was the father of Shem. Shem was the father of Arphaxad. Arphaxad was born —2yrs—-after the flood.
The flood Verse 10 —- 2 yrs — Shem begat Arphaxad (2 yrs after flood)
Verse 12 —- 35 yrs — Age of Arphaxad when he begat Salah
Verse 14 —- 30 yrs — Age of Salah when he begat Eber
Verse 16 —- 43 yrs — Age of Eber when he begat Peleg
Verse 18 —- 30 yrs — Age of Peleg when he begat Reu
Verse 20 —- 32 yrs — Age of Reu when he begat Serug
Verse 22 —- 30 yrs — Age of Serug when he begat Nahor
Verse 24 —- 29 yrs — Age of Nahor when he begat Terah
Verse 26 —- 70 yrs — Age of Terah when he begat Abram/Abraham
Total years = 301 yrs
God later changed Abram’s name to Abraham – Genesis 17:5
From the flood until Abraham’s birth – 301 yrs.
Noah lived 350 years after the flood. He would have been alive until Abraham was 49 years old.
Abraham was 75 years old when God promised to make of him a great nation and led him to the promised land.
Abraham, Nahor and Haran were the sons of Terah. Lot was the son of Haran (Genesis 11:27), which made Lot Abraham’s nephew. Abraham took Lot with him when he went to the promised land. Lot’s father had already died.
Millions of Years??
Genesis 5 contains the genealogy from Adam to Noah. (1656 years)
Genesis 11 continues the genealogy, starting with Noah’s son Shem and ending with Abram/Abraham. (301 years)
Matthew 1 contains the genealogy from Abraham to Jesus.
Matthew 1:17 Tells us that all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations;
And from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations;
And from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.
(A total of 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus)
Our calendar tells the number of years from Christ to the present – 2017 years.
What’s my point? My point is that there is no room for millions of years.
Many Christians try to fit evolution into their beliefs. I have been guilty of that, when I had not read the scriptures. The Bible is very specific. There was no death before sin. The genealogies show the time from the garden to the cross. There is no time for millions of years. There is no time for evolution. We can’t believe both. We must get off the fence and trust God’s Word.