This morning I was just pondering the events of this month. Many are disappointed at how events turned out. Some question the accuracy of the words of modern prophets. Wherever you are with the political change and our President and Vice President, it is certainly clear many things are changing and changing rapidly.
Is God even watching the chaos that has erupted on this earth?
A divided time on earth
I saw His answer this morning in the lineage of Abraham.
25 Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan. Genesis 10:25 (NIV)
The phrase “time the earth was divided” was strangely comforting.
Scripture always has markers we need to pay close attention to and genealogies is one of them. Not sure I can explain why. I’ve just observed the fact.
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The 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. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That 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 11:1-9 (NIV)
First the men made bricks instead of stones. They used tar to hold them together. Imagine bricks, made with a mold. Cookie cutter objects, all uniformly alike. This is accomplished by use of a tool; in their case, a sword or knife meant for warfare. God told Israel not to use any iron tools on the stones in Deuteronomy 27:5. I believe He uses love and grace on us, not harsh tools. God uses stones because they are not man-made, and they are uniquely shaped. Just as we are uniquely shaped to be the spiritual house in 1 Peter 2:4-5.
Further, they used tar or slime to hold them together. God used nothing. Instead, stones had to be carefully laid out, considering the uniqueness of their shapes, so they laid together appropriately. (photo via pixabay.com)
Did you notice the goal of these men? To build their own city. Not to engage with the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10)
They also wanted to make a name for themselves so they would not be scattered all over the earth. God intends that we glorify His name, not make a name for ourselves.
God wasn’t pleased with their plan so He confused their language so they couldn’t understand each other. They scattered all over since it was no longer practical to try to live together.
What did God do about it?
God’s response to this man-made effort to create something that would honor man alone? Call Abraham out of his own land and family. Prepare restoration to unfold over time.
Like our journey, Abraham’s journey of faith is a ponderous one as he learns to be confident in who God really is. He had to distinguish between God, the True God, and the idols he had worshipped in his homeland. God helped him do that with appearances, promises and challenges where Abraham saw God provide.
I’m getting ready to dig into Abraham’s faith journey that put him in the Hall of Fame for Faith in Hebrews 11. Want to join me?
Carol Boggess, author and speaker at A Healing Journey
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