Observation: Noah’s family began to increase. Nimrod is a mighty hunter, a man of renown, and the beginning of his kingdom was Babel. He gets a name for himself. Several others in the chapter are names that we might take notice of: Asshur the founder of Nineveh, Peleg a descendent of Shem, lived when the earth was divided. Hmm, maybe during the destruction of Babel? There seems to be about 70 nations here to populate the world.
Genesis 11: 4
Observation: The people do not want to follow God’s plan to fill the earth but rather to make a name for themselves. God confuses the language and the people are divided.
Observation: God gave marvelous promises to Abram. He gave Abram a land and promises of a great family. Abram still feared and tried to take things into his own hands and caused a great plague to come on Pharaoh’s house.
Observation: Lot chooses Sodom (vs 13 – The men of Sodom were wicked and exceeding sinners against the Lord) but Abram chooses to go wherever God directed him. He built alters and worshipped wherever he went.
Application: We too want to make a name for ourselves as individuals and as a nation. We name the name of Christ but we don’t trust him with our lives. We are fearful that people will harm us, take our jobs, and take our wealth. Instead of bringing the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:19,20) we close our doors, our hearts, and our homes. We wonder what is wrong with our nation, with our children, with our marriages. Could it be the problem lies in our own desire to make a name for ourselves instead of glorifying God with the spreading of the gospel?
Father, help us commit to putting you first, to letting our neighbors, whomever they might be, know that God loves them and died for them, and to allowing you to take care of our needs instead of putting ourselves ahead of Your plans. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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