Where Did The Races Come From?
The question has been asked by many only to find the answer to be unsuitable for those who need a common sense answer. Yet the reality is that we can see that there are different races in the world, distinguished by skin color.
Some say that all the people of the world came from Adam and Eve. The basic reason is because Adam said that his wife Eve is the mother of all the living, Genesis 3:20.
Others teach that the races came from Noah’s three sons, Genesis 10:32. This teaching is why many in the scientific community turn away from the Bible as a believable source of knowledge. Biologically, sons from the same parents of like kind can’t naturally produce different races, this is an impossibility.
Another way some say the races exist is that the people who had populated the earth at that time, are referred to as the table of nations, Genesis 11:6. When God saw those who were of one language, building the Tower of Babel, He scattered them throughout the earth, Genesis 11:8. This is a possibility, however, the races could have been part of this group but doesn’t answer the question, how did they make it through Noahs flood?
The solution for all ideas and questions are addressed quite eloquently by the Apostle Paul:
2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The companion Bible has an excellent teaching on the difference between the male and female in Genesis chapter one, and the man Adam, mentioned in Genesis chapter two. The Companion Bible says that when the Hebrew article et-ha is included and referenced to the man Adam, as in Genesis Chapter 2, it is referring to and pointing to one individual man. When the article, et-ha, is not used, as in chapter one, the reference is to all of mankind in general.
Adam was created after God’s Seventh day rest, on an eighth day, in the chronological order of days pertaining to the seven day Georgian calendar. All Adam’s progeny were of the eighth day creation, including Noah and his family. Why is the eighth day important? Because according to the Bible, the number eight, is the number for resurrection, meaning that the seven days of the physical creation are over and now, the eighth day, is the start of a new week and is the beginning of the spiritual creation. 1st comes the physical, then the spiritual,1st Corinthians 15:46. The number eight is outside the creation of the natural seventh day calendar. When God placed Adam before the Tree of Life, His intentions were to raise all men as well as women from their earthy human physical existence to a higher more noble position, from earthy sons to Godly sons. Of course we read that Adam and his wife Eve didn’t heed God’s warning about the taking of the wrong tree. The results were that Adam and his wife Eve were put out of the Garden and the Tree of Life was closed to all men. Cain, who was of the eighth day creation, born of Eve, took a wife of the sixth day creation, Genesis 4:16,17, and answers the question, where did Cain get his wife? Further proof? Why would Cain think that someone would kill him as we find in Genesis 4:14? After all, many teach that there was no one else on the earth except his mother and father. Cain had already killed his brother Abel. To answer the question, who is it that would kill Cain? Cain knew and was referring to the carnal minded male and female people created on the sixth day, as we read about in Genesis 1:26.
Someone might ask, what has all this to do about the races? What is stated, concerning a sixth day or eighth day creation, is important because a foundation must be laid before we can understand the creation of the races.
Acts 17:26, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
According to the texts, the word one blood in verse 26 is omitted and should read one Adam or dust. All men, regardless of a sixth day or eighth day creation were created from the dust of the ground. When God’s Spirit is added to the dust, it becomes clay. God is the potter who forms the clay as we read in Genesis 2:7.
My Spirit Shall Not Always Strive With Man, For That He Also Is Flesh
By the time we get to the Book of Genesis, Genesis 6:3, we find that God had repented that He had created man on the earth, and in Verse 6 we read:
Genesis 6:6, And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.
Flesh is the source of every imagination, and his thoughts were evil continually, Genesis 6:5, all except Noah.
Even Adam will not experience the resurrected body intended for him because he rejected God instructions. He remained in his fleshy body and was no different from when he was first formed of the earth. He didn’t take from the Tree of Life, which would have filled him inwardly with God’s life, Eternal life.
Adam and Eve, according to God’s purpose were expected to be different than those who were of the sixth day creation, those who were created males and females.
It was Adam who was formed and who God had breadth the breadth of life into him and Adam became a living soul, Genesis 2:7.
Although Adam had lost his predominance by staying fleshy, it was Noah, who was the progeny of Adam, a living soul, who would respect Gods instructions and be used to save all who would bring about the purpose of God.
Genesis 6:8, But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Verse 9, These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Noah is given detailed instructions on how to build the Ark.
Genesis 7:1, And the Lord said unto Noah, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation.”
Noah and his family were the only ones who had not intermixed with the daughters of men by the sons of God that we read about in Genesis 6:4. God’s instructions to Noah continues:
Genesis 7:2, “Of every clean beast thou shall take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beast that are not clean by two, the male and his female.”
The Bible teaches us that man is not a clean creature, he doesn’t have a divided hoof and doesn’t chew the cud, Leviticus 11:3,8, and is referred to in the same way as God referred to Adam, as flesh.
Men Also Flesh
There were two types of flesh men who entered the Ark. Those who were by twos of every race, male and female created on the sixth day, Genesis 1:26, and Noah and his family who were of the progeny of Adam and the eighth day, who are called souls as described by the Apostle Peter in 1st Peter 3:20. These eight souls were the progeny of Adam and created after the seventh day Sabbath rest, on an eighth day.
To understand the meaning of flesh, we need to consider Paul’s statement in 1st Corinthians 15:38:
1st Corinthians 15:38, But God hath given him a body that has pleased Him, and to every seed his own body. 39, All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh for men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes and another for birds.
The Bible teaches that all life begins with a seed. Man, beasts, fish, and plant life. Even Satan has seed, Genesis 3:15.
Before God’s Sabbath Rest, On A Sixth Day
All men, male and female, made up of all races were created on the sixth day, Genesis 1:26. These were alive and had not experienced God’s breath of life within them yet.
God, in his process of creation, needs to prepare someone who will feed or teach His people his ways. That should have been Adam and Eve’s job, they failed. In Genesis 3:15, a promise of a seed of a woman was announced to Satan. That seed would eventually be born and named Jesus, Matthew 1:25. This Jesus would be the last Adam, 1 Corinthians 15:45, who became the Christ, meaning the anointed, whom would fill all men with the breath of life and lead all men, who are willing, to God and His purpose, but not until He qualified and was accepted by His Father, John 20:17.
Genesis 7:16, and they went in, male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and shut him in.
Did God not say in Genesis 6:3 that His Spirit would not always strive with man because he is also flesh? Were not the male and female created on the sixth day flesh?
1st Corinthians 15:39, “All flesh is not the same flesh: But there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, another of birds.”
The male and female created on the sixth day were the creation of the human population mentioned in Genesis 1:26. Within this population God took by twos of each race. These are the races, created on the sixth day, who were allowed to board the Ark by twos and were transported to a new land with Noah and his family. God didn’t need to create the races a 2nd time. He preserved the male and the female of each race aboard the Ark with Noah and his family.
God said that those He created on the sixth day were very good, Genesis 1:31. God would never think to destroy the races just because of one man’s sin which occurred in the Garden, Romans 5:12. A son does not pay the penalty for the sins of his Father, Ezekiel 18:20. Each soul, either of the sixth day or eighth day creation pays for his own sins.
Thanks to God and His wisdom that the races are here today, preserved by Noah, and we can rejoice that God has created variety among His people.