Genesis 11

Genesis 11 continues the genealogy coming off the ark.  The people were all speaking one language.  “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words”.  God isn’t sure that is a good plan, as they were beginning to resemble the old ways and becoming confident in themselves.  They built a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.  They were creeping closer and closer to the old sinful ways that had caused God to destroy the earth in the first place.

So God says “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do”.  He decides to confuse their language so they couldn’t understand each other any longer.  That would prevent them from believing they could become like God. So the people are confused with different languages.  And God changes things.  “Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth”.

And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth”.  So God not only confuses their language, they are also dispersed around the globe.  And they continued to populate the earth and have sons and daughters that were doing the same.  They were living between 400-500 years now, and we come to the chronology of Terah who when he “had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran”.  Here is the birth of Abram who soon will become Abraham and a very important figure in God’s plans.

“Abram’s wife was Sarai….was barren; she had no child”.  This is a problem in the culture of the day as giving birth was a big part of the value a woman brought to the marriage.  So Abrams father “Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there”.  They moved on and left the family behind to get a new start.  All of this God’s plan to enable His way.

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