After the flood, God instituted human government. It was a system especially designed to stop useless bloodshed (by animals as well as humans) and to enforce capital punishment. In Genesis 9:5, God said to Noah and his sons, “And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man.”
Thus, at this juncture in history, human government was God’s plan to protect and preserve the human race, and therefore, to keep His kingdom in operation. This phase of the kingdom continued until a powerful leader named Nimrod (a descendent of Ham) rebelled against human government, and likewise against God’s authority, and established his own authority and kingdom. Consequently, a new ungodly system of worship was instituted (Gen. 10:6-12; 11:1-9).
Sometime after the kingdom of Nimrod was established, the Lord saw their wickedness and judged them by confusing their language and by scattering them over the earth. God certainly had His way in dealing with these rebellious people. This confusion, I imagine, made them think about what they had done and prepared them for what God would do next.
Next post: Phase three of the kingdom, which is The Kingdom of God Under The Patriarchs.
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