In Genesis chapter 10, often referred to as the Table of Nations, Pastor Sheffer discusses the biblical account of the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah. This passage is unique in its detailed enumeration of the origins of various nations, listing 14 nations from Japheth, 30 from Ham, and 26 from Shem, totaling 70 nations. The number 70, composed of 7 and 10, symbolizes completeness or totality in the Bible, as seen in other biblical contexts such as the 70-year Babylonian captivity and Jesus sending out 70 disciples.
Sheffer notes that our ancestors, regardless of ethnicity, have a history marred by violence, war, and moral corruption. However, he emphasizes the transformative power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which does not advance through force or violence but through the inner transformation of individuals, families, and communities. He asserts that Christianity offers a moral justification for wars when necessary, particularly for the defense of a nation, as it’s the duty of the civil magistrate.
The spread of the Gospel is an “inside out” kingdom – it starts within the individual and extends outward, bringing about societal change and reconciliation among people who were once enemies.