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To A Thousand Generations

Genesis 11:9

 

In Genesis 11 we find the story of the Tower of Babel, how mankind came to have many languages, and the lineage of Shem to Abram (later known as Abraham). In this chapter and chapter 10, we find special attention given to a descendent of Shem named Eber, but without explanation–yet, don’t we love a mystery? With further research we find an interesting and little-known tradition concerning Shem’s great-grandson, Eber; a tradition we could learn much from….

In their writings, several medieval scholars reveal the word “Hebrew” was thought to be derived from the name “Eber” and means “to cross (or pass) over and beyond.” How did this come to be? What did this man do that would gain him such honor? The tradition states Eber was the only man who opposed Nimrod (another great-grandson of Noah) who sought to make himself a god and he refused to help Nimrod build the Tower of Babel. Many scholars also share the view that Nimrod was the ancient figure also known as “Gilgamesh.” Genesis 10:8-12 teaches us the beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom was “Babel,” which would eventually become known as Babylon. The ancient (apocryphal) Book of Jasher also shares much about Nimrod’s life and his fall in several different chapters.

According to the tradition, because Eber rejected Nimrod and his plans, the Lord God only allowed Eber and his offspring to retain the original language of mankind. Eber would also become the ancestor of Abraham and he lived until Jacob (Israel) was 79 years old. Many years later, the Hebrew people would become known as “those who cross over (or pass through)” as God caused them to pass-through the Red Sea and the Jordan River on dry land. Today, those of us who join and align ourselves with Jesus, the promised descendent of Israel, will also “pass-through” into heaven.

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1) Indeed, this is what Nimrod tried to accomplish with building a tower, to “cross-over” into Heaven in his own way instead of submitting himself to the Almighty. Let’s not follow in his footsteps: Jesus is the one and only Passover sacrifice that allows us to forever enjoy the presence and love of the Almighty!

Today, many generations beyond Eber, the Hebrew people continue to thrive long past the people and empires that have sought to destroy them. And, as promised in Isaiah 66:8, the land/nation of Israel was “born in a day” in May, 1948, after almost 2,000 years of “wandering in the desert” of the world. What other people in history ever managed to keep their unique identity for even 1/4th that time before their generations were assimilated into the countries and cultures they resided in? But, the promises never fail; the Hebrew people have “ebered” into their ancient lands once again. This is thanks in part to the favor that fell upon Eber, who feared the LORD more than man– and through him we gained Abraham, Jacob, and ultimately Jesus! HalleluJAH!

Dear friends, take part in this generational blessing that has reached to a thousand generations! God has opened wide the door of adoption and all are welcome to live with Him for eternity, but you must choose as Eber did: God’s path, or the world’s. This door will not stay open forever any more than the door of the ark remained open. The age of grace is coming to a close—be one of the blessed generations who “eber” (pass-over) into the arms of the only gracious and merciful God!

 

Quote of the day:

“The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.” –John Adams

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Andrea Hillman is a contributing writer, journalist, and online editor for Blue Ridge Christian News, as well as creator and news aggregator for The Christian Persecution Report. She enjoys a wide variety of artistic endeavors, world travel, and recently discovered she has a green thumb. You can read more of her work here. Please reach out to her at thechristianpersecutionreport@gmail.com, at The Christian Persecution Report page on Facebook, or on LinkedIn.