January 14, 2019

GENESIS 8 - 11    


Focus Verse: Genesis 11:3-7


In chapter 8 we join Noah in the ark, as  our journey continues, waiting for the waters of the flood to subside. What do you think Noah was thinking? Do you think, he thought, he was spared death. Putting things in perspective Noah was told by God that all breathing creatures would be destroyed  by flood.  The reason Noah had to bring the animals on the ark was to save them from being destroyed by the flood. The rain ended  and Noah released the dove a third time from the ark. The dove failed to return to the ark, as it had on the previous two occasions, suggesting the dove had found a place to rest.  Noah waits for God’s direction to leave the ark before he, and his family, journey off the ark onto dry land. The very first thing that Noah did when he got off the ark was build an alter and make scarifies to God.  The story of the flood is a story of God’s hatred of sin and the relationship between Noah and God: it is a story about trusting God fully. It is the story of deliverance from sin.  As you meditate, pray, and contemplate over the story take time to see what God is revealing to you. He loves you. He hates sin. He has provided a vessel to deliver you from sin. What is your relationship with God?


Chapter 9 shares the covenant that God made with Noah. Visually it appears as a rainbow; even to this day!  Keep in mind every time you see a rainbow that God is doing more than reminding the world of His covenant with Noah: He is sharing it directly with you.  What is the covenant? The covenant is that God will never again flood the earth to destroy all breathing things. One of the beautiful things about chapter 9 is that it gives a point of physical connection with God. The rainbow! For as you gaze upon the rainbow so does God. It not only serves to assure us that we need not fear a flood like the one Noah experienced, it reminds God of the promise He made to us. How can that be anything but awesome!


Chapter 9 is not all good news. Satan, unfortunately, wasn’t destroyed by the flood. Noah, undoubtedly a righteous man, falls prey to the fruit of the vine rendering him a drunk. This is serious because his drunken state led to the actions of his youngest son Ham (Canaan) who Noah cursed. (See 9:20-28) Canaan eventually became Israel’s primary enemy. 


Chapter 10 describes genealogy of the nations to come from Noah’s three sons.  Remember Noah’s three son’s and their wives repopulated the entire earth. You are a descendant of Noah. 


Chapter 11 is where our focus verses for today is taken. 

3They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  5But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”  8So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.  (Genesis 11:3-9, NIV)


Chapter 11 contains one of the most well known Bible stories, “The Tower of Babel.”  A shorthand version of the story is that many people gathered in Babylon. It apparently was a center of secular enlightenment governed by Nimrod, first world dictator, and descendant of the cursed son of Noah, Ham.  The people of Babylon decided to build a tower to the heavens to let everyone know just how enlightened a people they were. The conflict with God arises in three areas in the story. 



1. Nimrod was attempting to move all of his subjects to a single area in conflict with God’s command to populate the entire earth. (Nimrod was Ham’s son a descendant of Canaan.)


2. The tower was built for all the world to see the greatness of Nimrod’s Babylon. Pride cometh before the fall.


3. The tower was built out of formed bricks. 


In chapter 11, from verse 10 through the end of chapter, contains the genealogy of Shem, through Abram’s family.  The birth of the Nation of Israel is at hand. 


Today’s journey was incredible! God saved and repopulated the earth through Noah! God gave us a rainbow to remind us of His promise to never destroy the earth again by flood! Conflict reenters the world as Ham, Noah’s youngest son, is cursed. God shares with us, through the fall of Babylon, that He will allow no other God to stand before Him in our lives. Today’s journey concludes with the genealogy from Shem to Abram. 


We definitely have a lot to reflect on today. We have experienced the destruction of all breathing life, the restoration of a fallen people, the curse of Ham, pride overshadowing God’s role in the lives of the people of Babylon, and a quick review of the genealogy that takes us to the father of the Hebrew nation.  It is definitely time for us to reflect, meditate, and pray over today’s journey. How will today’s study affect your life from this moment forward?  Reflect, meditate, pray. Was God speaking to you today?  Jot down some notes if you like.  Your Journey Through The Bible is the most important journey you will ever take.