As a mother and grandmother, I look around my family and delight in all the good things they are achieving. I worry about their concerns. I worry about their future, and in particular I worry about what sort of a world the little ones will face as they get older. It is heartbreaking for grandparents when they see their offspring’s offsprings getting into difficulties, and feel powerless to help, especially when all offers of help is adamantly rejected by the renegade.
As we look down this list of the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, it makes pretty dismal reading. Most of the names listed, if mentioned at all elsewhere, were not exactly friendly cousins. Nimrod, the character who appears to stand out from the rest certainly made a name for himself – ‘a mighty hunter before the Lord’. A little research about him, however, revealed a bleak picture – it seems he was a mighty ruler, but a terrible tyrant – a hunter of men. A more accurate translation would read ‘in opposition to God’. Noah’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were not altogether a bunch to be proud of.
What can we learn from passages like this? Are they just bits of history to gloss over? I think we should use this passage as a spring board for prayer for our children, our grandchildren, and those who are struggling to bring up kids. Instead of bemoaning ‘the kids of today…’ let’s turn that into prayer. I grew up in a privileged home in the 50’s and 60’s, far from wealthy, but sooooo rich in love and value and opportunity. People like me have no idea of the hostile environment today’s kids have to survive. Yet we can be quick to criticize. Instead of that, or just worrying about their future, let’s pray for them, to know God’s love and wisdom. We may yet change the world – one heart at a time.