Ring of Brodgar

I called at the Ring of Brodgar, that iconic henge and stone circle to which all tourists to Orkney are morally, if not legally, bound to pay court. And well they might. Situated on an isthmus or bridge of land between the Lochs of Stenness and Harray, and close to another impressive circle just a few hundred yards down the road, it is the largest in Scotland. Why these ancient folk decided to erect such a fine monument 5000 years ago, we cannot be certain.

My own theory is that some of these older stone circles were monuments to the Living God, built by Japheth and his descendants, to demonstrate their obedience to His will after the Flood to spread out over the earth. Humanity initially refused, choosing instead to build Babel’s tower, until the Lord came down and scattered them. These early settlers moved far up north, obeying the Creator's will and satisfying His decree. These monuments I believe were originally markers, showing that the territory had been claimed and was therefore being 'filled'. Later generations would doubtless corrupt them into places of paganism where every god save the Living one would be honoured and worshipped.

So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth". Genesis 9:1

Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. Genesis 10:1-5

So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Genesis 11:8 (All New King James Version)

"O Lord God, we finally obeyed".