| BABEL AND PROMISE |
You made it! One full week of reading your Bible! I am truly glad that you are here with us. I promise to pray for your time in God’s word this week and in the weeks to come.
Making a Name
Compares these two scriptures:
Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
The people of Babel really thought they were something. They took the idea “On my own I can live” to its extreme. They gathered together to make a life for themselves completely apart from God. They even thought that their city could rise to the height of the glory of God.
Abram was a nobody. He didn’t have a family. He didn’t have a land. His name was far from great. And yet God called Him. God made Him a promise, a covenant.
There is a simple lesson to be learned here. Those who would exalt themselves above God or in the place of God will be brought low. But those who will humble themselves before the Lord will be lifted up.
But isn’t this the story of most of our lives? We are just trying to carve out our little corner of the world to prosper and make a name for ourselves. We forget that this world isn’t our story. It is God’s story. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. The only reason the story began or continues is because of His kindness and mercy. Remember, the story should have ended at chapter 3.
All the Families Shall Be Blessed
Here is God again. He is making a promise to save, a promise to bless.
This passage is one of the earliest proclamations of the Gospel. God is announcing that He is going to provide a way, through the genealogy of Abraham, to bless all the families of the earth.
In the coming weeks and months we will see how God works through the descendants of Abraham to bring the Savior that was promised all the way back in Genesis 3:15.