The three sons of Noah were: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah lived 350 years after the flood to the age of 950 years. Each of his sons had numerous generations, which divided and developed into different nationalities, but the entire world maintained the same language.
In the plain of Shinar many nationalities of earth gathered together and decided to build a tower so tall that it would reach into heaven. Because of their numbers and strength and ease of communication they were capable of accomplishing all they desired.
“Jesus, let us descend to earth and see this tower named Babel that they have built. We will confuse their language and scatter them abroad. For man must populate the entire earth. We must began the process of forming our own people. And each people group will be different and unique.
And God and Jesus descended and created diverse languages among the people and they discontinued the Tower of Babel and dispersed all over the world.
God selected from the generations of Noah’s son, Shem, to originate his people. After nine generations, Abraham was born who lived in the Land of Ur.
“Faith is the foundation, always!” commented Jesus. ”which follows actively in touch with You, and stands firmly on truth and hope for one’s future in Your hands. And such was the faith of Noah who accomplished such an incredible act of faith to build the ark, according to your guidance. And Pneuma, pressing within Noah’s heart, saved our creation from total disappearance, and gave it a new beginning to combat evilness in this world.”
“Yes, Noah was the key person to bring us to where we are now,” agreed God with His Son.
Well,” continued Jesus, we are now 20 generations past Adam and Eve, and several of their descendants lived almost 1,000 years. But now the human lifespan is much more reasonable, and will still make a strong impact for our purpose. Faith is certainly the watchword and must be the primary source from which our plan evolves. Faith in the heart of man will be the motivating factor for our plan to move forward.”
Pneuma, instructed God, “I need you to abide in Abram’s heart now, and encourage him to leave the Land of Ur, and set forth to where We will lead him.”
“Yes, Lord, I will be constantly attentive to your guidance and enlighten his heart and spirit,” responded Pneuma.
God then said to Abram, ”Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you.”
Abram took his first step of faith at the age of 75 and set his feet to the south. “This is amazing,” he thought, “I do not even have a son, and God promises to create a nation from me. How can this happen?” he wondered.
Once Abram arrived in Canaan, and Shechem, God reiterated his promise to him again, “To your descendants, I will give this land.”
“My descendants?” questioned Abram. “I have none yet,” he pondered in his heart. But because of his great faith, Abram built an altar to God on this spot.
A famine soon erupted in Canaan, so he traveled to Egypt. There fear overcame Abram because Pharaoh favored his wife Sarai. Instead of the truth, Abram told Pharaoh that she was his sister, in order to avoid a possible threat to his life. If they knew she was his wife, he felt they would kill him.
“Why would Abram be a coward like that,” said God. “I will punish Pharaoh with plagues and sickness, a foreshadowing of things to come in later generations.” After some suffering Pharaoh called Abram and asked, “Why have you brought this upon me? I know Sarai is your wife. Leave our land immediately and take all you have.”
God oversaw Abram’s protection, even in spite of his dishonesty and stark terror for his own life. But this only edified more his faith in God.
Abram’s nephew, Lot, had accompanied him from Ur to Canaan, and he settled in Sodom. Some men came in the night, attacked his camp and carried him off with his family. When Abram heard this news, he arose with his men in pursuit and rescued Lot and his possessions.
“Another step of faith and Our divine protection,” commented Jesus.
And God confirmed this in a vision to Abram, “Do not fear, Abram. I am a shield to you. Your reward shall be very great.”
“Abram responded, “Since I have no son, will Lot become my heir?”
And Abram believed this message from God. And God reckoned it as righteousness. Abram prepared another altar and sacrifice to God, then he fell into a deep sleep and asked God, “How will I know I shall possess this land with all these people here?”
God appeared to him again and said, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed for 400 years, but I will judge the nations who they will serve, and afterwards they will come out with many possessions, and return to the land I promised you.”
Abram and Sarai kept waiting for their son to appear, but Sarai eventually gave up hope. “I will bear no children!” So she instructed Abram to have relations with her maid, Hagar, in order to produce a son. And Hagar conceived a son named Ishmael. Then jealousy flamed in Sarai’s heart, and she ran off Hagar with her newborn into the desert. Abram was 86 years old at this time, but faith and patience ruled with him until the ripe old age of 99 years when God appeared to him again.
“I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. And I will establish my covenant between Me and you. And I will multiply you exceedingly.”
Abram fell on his face before God, ”No longer shall your name Abram, but Abraham. For I will make you a father of nations, just as your name now signifies—‘Father of a multitude’. And as a sign of this covenant every male child must be circumcised at eight days to become a part of My covenant with you. And your wife shall now be called not Sarai, but Sarah, meaning—‘many princes’. And I will bless her, and I will indeed give you a son by her. And he shall be called Isaac, meaning—‘he laughs’. And he shall become the grandfather of 12 princes and he will be born at this time next year,” promised God to Abraham.
Jesus commented, “Well, things are starting to come together now to create Our People, Father!”
And at 90 years, Sarah conceived and brought forth their long-awaited son, and Abraham named him Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day, as commanded by the Lord.
After a few years, God called Abraham again with a very surprising and humanly illogical commandment. “Abraham, take your son to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering to me.”
Jesus reacted, “My father, after so long waiting for his only son, why are you requesting him to sacrifice him? How will his lineage continue and a nation be created?”
“My Son, this is merely to test his faith, and also the faith of his son. Will they both be willing to follow my command?
Also, My Son, this is a foreshadowing of what you will do for our creation. And I, your Father, will have to be willing to sacrifice you! And I will have to follow this command to Myself which will be so extremely difficult!”
Jesus reluctantly peered at his passionate Father, yet anxiously awaited to see what would pass with Abraham’s sacrifice of his only son.
“God will provide,” responded Abraham, as they both continued upward. At the peak Abraham prepared the altar, explained the command of God to Isaac, and tenderly laid him upon the altar to sacrifice.
Isaac also had great faith and willingly laid down for his father to sacrifice him. Although there were many questions plaguing him, such as. “How will my father be a multitude of nations if I must die?”
Abraham raised the knife in obedience to God, although his heart was crying out to the opposite. At that moment a voice shouted out to him from heaven.
“Abraham, Abraham! Do not stretch out your hand against the boy and do nothing to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son for me.” Abraham looked around and lo and behold a ram was entangled in a thicket behind them. Abraham freed the ram and replaced Isaac with the ram on the altar and completed his sacrifice to God.
“God spoke to Abraham and said, “And in all your seed all the nations of the world will be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
“Yes, this is the level of faith that will bring our people into being,” concluded Jesus. “May such faith be abundant and fervent in all succeeding generations!”
God responded, “Yes, we will see such faith in almost every generation from now on.”