WHAT TO LOOK FOR
In Genesis 11, we read of the building of the tower of Babel. In this account, men who should have feared God (who lived perhaps only about 200 years after the Flood) seek to build a name for themselves without any reference to or awareness of God. God responds by confusing their language and scattering them over the face of the earth.
God does not do this because He feels threatened. He’s not concerned that maybe men will indeed make it into heaven and knock Him off His throne. After all, how could He feel threatened when He had to “come down” (Gen. 11:5) to even see their tower?
No, God was not threatened. The problem was, men were working effectively together and accomplishing great things, but they were not accomplishing anything good with their cooperation. And if they were allowed to continue in their vain pursuit of their own glory, what evil would they not commit in order to exalt themselves? It was appropriate for God to scatter them in order to humble them and bring an end to their destructive course, disabusing them of any notion that they would succeed in vaunting themselves into heaven by their own devices. So, in Genesis 11:9, God leaves mankind broken and confused.
Do you know what comes next in Genesis 11:10?
This is the genealogy of Abram. And this is important because this is the man whom God calls out from the scattered nations in order to make a people for His own possession. This people will be unified not by their desire to build a name for themselves, but by their worship of Yahweh, the one true God. This gathering together of His people will ultimately happen through Abraham’s descendant Jesus Christ, and we get to read this week of some of Jesus’ gathering work among His own people, the physical descendants of Abraham in the land of Israel.
VERSES TO MEDITATE ON
Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – Praise God for being a God who scatters and who gathers.
- Confession – Confess times you have failed to confess, or even denied, Jesus before men.
- Thanksgiving – Thank Jesus Christ for calling the weary and heavy-laden. See Matthew 11:28–30.
- Supplication – Ask God for boldness to confess the name of His Son Jesus Christ before men.