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Genesis 11:1-9
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1.   All life comes from Noah and his 3 sons. 2.   Jesus comes from the line of which of Noah's sons? 3.  Abraham comes from the line of which of Noah's sons?
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Genesis 11:7
Genesis 11:1-9
1Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.  

God had told Noah and his sons to multiply and "FILL" the earth (Genesis 9:1), to disperse making nations of people.  Isn't it interesting how the people (who have even come from the line of Noah in his lifetime) are already rebelling and disobeying God's direct command?  All of the people had one language, which was the original Hebrew language.  They worked together against God's command to build for themselves one city and a tower to heaven.

In verse 4 they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”  

I see three problems with their will to be in one city as one nation with a tower to heaven.
  • "build a tower with its top in the heavens" - The desire to be like or greater than God.  This was Satan's mistake in the heavens, as he and 1/3 of his angels were cast down from heaven.  I see a similar outcome for these people.
  • "let us make a name for ourselves" - Here we see the desire for the pride of life.  They wanted to make their own name great, and take the glory from God.  "For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world." 1 John 2:16
  • They blatantly speak the direct opposite of God's original command to Noah and his three sons.  Here's the third problem: rebellion.
1: Arrogant spirit
2: Pride of life
3: Rebel heart


Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Pride and arrogance are clearly the issue with the building of the tower of Babel.  

I see the dispersement in the people of the tower of Babel and the confusing of their languages a lot like the fall of the angel Lucifer, who we know as Satan.  
Satan says,
I will ascend to heaven; 
I will raise my throne above the stars of God; 
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; 
I will make myself like the Most High.” 
Isaiah 14:13-14 NIV

Pride begins with "I", leaving God behind and raising yourself up to take the glory that belongs to God alone.  Satan was cast down to the earth and judgement was brought to him.  The people of one language and one mind set against God's will, were also cast out.  God confuses their language causing them to disperse and fill the earth (like He originally commanded.)  

We can learn a valuable lesson here:  No matter what you do to rebel against God, our Sovereign God will set out to do His will with or without your compliance.  

Note:  In verse 7, "Come, let US" is Scripture reference to the trinity.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are together as one God from the beginning of creation.  

Due to the sin of man, the people were dispersed with different languages.  You would think after the story of the flood being so near in history that they would have submitted to God's will.  But we will see over and over in Scripture that man's heart is wicked and we cannot save ourselves.  This is why God sends Himself, His only Son to save us from our sinfulness and break the power that sin has over us.
We know and believe that pride comes before a fall.  We see it over and over in Scripture, yet many many prideful people are thriving and well.  Job brought this complaint to the Lord.  Let's see what happens:
Recall the story of Job for a minute (short as I can):
Job is faithful to God.  God blesses Job tremendously.  Satan approaches God and challenges Jobs faithfulness, saying Job is only faithful because you give him everything.  So one by one Satan removes his wealth, family, and then health (only with God's permission).  He's sitting with friends who accuse him of sin, yet he is without.  He's complaining as to why God has done this to him, and amongst his complaints are why do the wicked prosper.  I think many have this question, many then, and many today.  

God's response is so amazing that Job (who's talked for many many chapters by now) is speechless. God's response basically humbles Job to the point where he realizes his place.  God is the Creator, the master and Job is the creation, his faithful servant.  God answers Job with many questions. So do you know how this works, and this works? No.  Job is a mere man.  He doesn't have the answers.  God does.  

It's like I tell Lilli, "Be responsible for you."  You aren't responsible for your proud neighbor, or proud boss. Let's learn from the lessons we tell our own children.  YOU do what is right.

Romans 14:11-12
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, 
And every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Next week: Guess what!!? More genealogy :) hehe
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