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Essay #26 Abraham to Moses

Abraham encountered the children of Heth in Genesis 23.  This society  developed  principles of property and established a means recognizing and enforcing the rights of property owners.  From scripture we surmise their commerce was one of respect and open to all who would participate. This is the beginning modern economics.

Our direct knowledge of the spritial condition of Heth’s family is limited.  Heth was the second born son of Canaan (Geneisis 10:15).  We know that Noah cursed Canaan for some impropriety. Canaan was to be a servant of servants to his brethern.  Did this curse extend beyond Canaan as the second born son of Heth?

We also know that God commanded the nation of Israel to destroy the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, “When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:” Deuteronomy 7:1&2. The Girgashite, Amorite, Hivite and Jebusite nation-families being in the direct lineage of Canaan.  By principle of deduction, the Canaanite family would be too. According to Genesis 23:10, 25:9, the Hittites are descendants of Heth.   The scriptures do not give us any backround on the Perizzites other than the dwelled in the land (Genesis 13:7) of Canaan.

Conclusively, we know the inhabitants of Canaan were wicked. “But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee: That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).

God commanded mankind to be “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:” (Genesis 1:28) , ultimately though, He would judge nations (people groups) for their wickedness (Genesis 6:5, Genesis 11:8)  The rebel Nimrod established a kingdom using property, labor and ingenuity and ignored God,  who two generations before destroyed the earth because of mankinds wickedness, and brought judgment on himself and his kindom.

His means of kingdom building spread throughout the whole earth as did the wholesale rejection of God.  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”  (Romans 1:20-22) 

The rebellious kingdom of Nimrod would spread throughout the entire world.  God his forbearance gives man a live time to recognize Him as creator and redeemer.  The promise to Adam and Eve persists today.  Noah a preacher of righetousness warned of pending judgment,  his family lived through the judgment and nontheless, two generations later, “let us” became the worldview of the antidelluvians.

Eight generations pass until Abram appears.  God is silent for these generations as to the condition of humanity.  It would be highly presumptuous to assume anything had changed.  Human nature can only be changed by the direct intervention of God and there is no record of that happening.

From the flood until today, man is building a rebellious kingdom and ignoring God.  Using “the invisible things of him from the creation” – ingenuity and “being understood by the things that are made” – property, “even His eternal power”labor ..”so that they are withoug excuse”.  There is no excuse for mankind not acknowledging God.  And what happens when man when he seeks his own way?  Judgment.

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