After the story of the flood, it is interesting to see how the family of Noah will be able to complete the task given by God to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The answer to this is given with the “table of nations” listed in chapter 10. It doesn’t take long to multiply to a large number of clans and peoples. Sometimes readers skim thr0ugh the genealogical sections of the scriptures, but they are actually crucial passages. They not only remind us of the importance of history, they remind us where we came from, which helps us to understand where we are today. The genealogies also help the reader to anxiously anticipate the coming of the promised offspring of a woman from Genesis 3. When would this promised One appear? To whom would He be born? What would He do when He would come to make this broken world right again? This is the main message of the rest of this incredible book we call the Bible.