Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Genesis 10-11:1-9

Chapter 10 tells the origin of the nations of the world.  It shows that God never intended for there to be a one world government.  It also shows everyone on earth is descended from Noah and his wife.  God made us one big family.  We are different in languages, cultures, and locations, but we still are the image of God.  Verse 25 tells us the earth was divided.  How did it become divided?  That where chapter 11 come in. 

In chapter 10 we see the birth of a troublemaker, Nimrod.    In chapter 9 we learned about Ham and how he dishonored his father Noah and how God punished his son Canaan for Ham’s sin.  Nimrod was the grandson of Ham.  “He was a mighty hunter before the Lord” - Gen. 10:9, meaning he was “against the Lord”.  His name means “rebel”.  He was a mighty warrior and hunter.  He was a hunter of men.  His kingdoms were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh.  We learn in Revelation 17-19 that Babylon was a government powered by Satan.  Nimrod was associated with the Towel of Babel, maybe even was the leader.  1 Chron. 1:10 says he was a mighty warrior on the earth. 

 After the flood God told Noah and his family to replenish the earth; however their descendants did not do this.  They stayed together in one spot on the earth. – Gen. 11:2.  They decided to build a city and a tower to heaven so they could make a name for themselves and not be scattered over the earth. – Gen 11:4.  This was probably headed up by Nimrod.  This was pride at its fullest!   

Today people continue to disobey God in many ways.  They love themselves.  They don’t love God.  They don’t think of others.   They are selfish and unforgiving.  They have no self-control.  They are lustful, liars, murders, and thieves.  They use others to get what they want.  They want power and fame at all costs.  They simply don’t obey God’s commandments found in Exodus 20.   “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, of lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with them.  They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” 1 Tim. 3:2-7.

The people were building this city and this tower to bring honor to themselves, not to honor God.  God judges those who rebel against Him.  He put a stop to this.  He confused their language so they wouldn’t understand each other.  The word Babel means confused.  God scattered them all over the earth and they stopped building the tower. – Gen. 11:8

The people in Genesis are like the people in Psalm 2:1-5.  They are all prideful.  People today are the same – prideful and rebel against God.

What “towers” are you building?
Do you think you know better than God?
Are you a prideful person?
What is your attitude towards God?
Do you rebel against God and what He says in His Word?
Are things in your life confusing?  Decide right now to follow God and obey Him.

 It’s OK to have possessions, but we should not use them to give us a sense of worth or even identity.  We can enjoy the blessings God has given us, but we should always give the credit to God.

People try to reach God through the giving of their money, their good works, or by church attendance.  There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6.  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

How are you trying to reach God?
Are you trying to reach Him in your own way and not the way He has given you?

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