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November 23, 2014
"Babble On While God Laughs!"
Genesis 10:1 - 12:3

Intro: Genesis; God created a perfect world where humans were in right relationship with Him, each other, nature. But snake deceived Adam and Eve, and sin entered our world, hearts. Sin escalated. God judged humanity's violence, immorality with a flood. However, God showed grace to Noah, his family, commanding them to build an ark for themselves, animals. Last week, as we saw Noah and his family begin again after the flood, we were reminded, no matter our life situation, God is with us! Today, we're concluding these sermons in Genesis by contrasting the powerlessness of human pride with the power of God's amazing grace.

What Happened? (Genesis 10) After the Flood, the descendants of Noah's three sons, Shem, Ham and Japeth, spread out across the globe. Shem's descendants remained in the Middle East, Japeth's descendants headed towards Europe, and Ham's descendants moved into Africa. The nations scattered!

Why Did it Happen? (Read Genesis 11:1-4.) After the flood, humans came to the "plain of Shinar" (modern-day Iraq.) Unites to build a City-Tower. Why?

1) "To reach to the heavens." Likely a ziggurat; (in ancient Mesopotamia, a rectangular stepped tower, sometimes topped by a temple.) Archeologists have evidence that some ziggurats had their topmost (temple) level painted blue! Humanity's desire to symbolically enter the realm of God. "Our temple will be in heaven itself!" Still buying snake's original lie: "You shall be like God."

2) "To make a name for ourselves." In their pride, they are trying to establish their significance, apart from God! This city-tower-temple was not devoted to the one true God. Worshiping false gods, and themselves!

3) "To not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (Contrary to God's command to both Adam and Noah to multiply and fill the earth, (see Genesis 1:28 and 9:1.) This is no innocent building project. It is an organized, united, intentional rebellion against God's command and authority! "Together, we can do this all by ourselves!" Without God, what can all of humanity do?

What Did God Do? (Read Genesis 11: 5-9.) God "comes down" to see the city/tower. (Mocking.) God isn't concerned about how their activity will impact Him; He's concerned about how their activity will impact them! Solitary sinner can cause damage. United group of sinners causes greater damage. Imagine every human united together in rebellion against God? Self-destruction! God intervenes and confuses their language; stops the building project! The different language groups scatter, leaving this unfinished city-tower called Babel, which sounds like the Hebrew word "Confused." Without God, this is what every human working together can accomplish: Confusion!

Has God Forgotten the Nations? Nations scatter, continuing their idolatry. Humans are incurably rebellious. First the Fall, then the Flood, and now Babel! Does God still have a plan for humanity? (Read Genesis 12:1-3.) Introduced to a descendant of Shem, named Abram. God calls Abram to step out in faith, to follow Him where He leads. God's 7-fold promise: I will make you into a great nation; I will bless you; I will make your name great; You will be a blessing; I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who curse you; all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

In His grace, God is calling Abram into relationship with Him. Through faith in God, Abram is going to receive everything the nations at Babel were trying to achieve w/o God! But God isn't just blessing Abram for Abram's sake. Look at the end of 12:3! God has not forgotten the nations! Abram...Israel...Jesus Christ. Through Him all nations on earth will be blessed! (Read Revelation 7:9-10.) With God, one man can bring salvation to the nations!

Application : Summing up the series; Without God , sin, broken relationships, violence, arrogance, immorality, shame, God's judgment and, ultimately, confusion is all that the nations can accomplish! But with God, one man can bring salvation to the nations!



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