Genesis chapter 11, verses 1-4, states, “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly. They used brick instead of stone and tar for mortar. Then they said, come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” As I read these couple of verses, I thought of a scene from work. As I stood in the hallway waiting for the elevator, I turned and looked at the lobby of my office. It was busy, a melting pot of cultures what amazing diversity. I could see the hand of God in each person, and as I admired God’s handy work, the above verse came to mind. At first glance, unity and togetherness sound good on the surface. But what is the motivating factor? Is it God’s will? Recalled Genesis chapter 9:1, “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” God did not say to build a tower or to make a name for yourselves. God said to fill the earth. There is a saying that God is in the details. This chapter spotlights this issue, a reoccurring theme in the bible. In verse 4, we see the people making plans (let us build ourselves a city, a tower reaching the heavens.) Which is in direct conflict with the word of God.
In Genesis chapter 6, we get a picture of the kind of relationship God desires. He came to Noah and commanded him (Noah) to build an ark, and Noah complied. As we continue to read, we see God appear on the scene in verses 5-9 “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. So, the Lord scattered them from there, over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it is called Babel-because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there, the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. “The rest of the chapter takes on a more genealogical turn as it traces Noah’s son Shem family to Abram. The ending verses are also the first place that states that Saria cannot have children. Let me encourage you to make sure God is in the details. As we continue to look at Genesis, I hope God’s faithfulness will begin to unfold. The Lord, our God, is building the framework for His kingdom on earth through people. His work will lead us to the most important piece of God’s plan, Jesus. See you next week.
Remember God Loves you, and so do I.