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Genesis

Date: June 24, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 11:1–11:9

Tags: judgment, Pride, Hubris

  • Genesis 11:1-9
  • Babel
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1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “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.”

(Genesis 11:1-4, ESV)

1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “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.”

(Genesis 11:1-4, ESV)

1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “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.”

(Genesis 11:1-4, ESV)

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.

(Genesis 11:5, ESV)

6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 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.

(Genesis 11:6-9, ESV)

  • Main Point
  • This establishes what happened with humanity
  • How did they become so unique? The answer is found in Babel
  • The peoples attempts went against God
  • Humans continued on in their sinful tendencies
  • Because of this, God judges them, scattering them Himself
  • This separation brings about different cultures and peoples
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  • Application Points
  • Babel

In our own time we merely feel the effects

From Babel comes the many different nations

We also see the effects of a divided humanity

Despite this ripple effect, we also see some other elements of Babel

There are many bricks in the tower of Babel…and the tower remains firmly entrenched in the hearts of men and women

The people of Babel thought they could do better than God

Through safety, security, making a name…they found Hubris

 

  • Application Points
  • Babel (2)

If we’re honest with ourselves we experience this same hubris

We believe we can do better than God

I have had many conversations with those who believe in God but do not go Church

Why not?

Because they can find community elsewhere, or they can worship God in whatever way they please

Throughout the New Testament we are repeatedly reminded how we are in need of others

We are called first and foremost to serve and love those who belong to Christ

They will know you belong to me because of your love for each other

Yet, so many take the Babel approach

Christ, however, shows the different approach

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  • Application Points
  • Babel (3)

Those who reject being part of a congregation, or seek a different way than the Scriptures and Church history, are at odds with their claims

They become like those in Babel

They seek the same things, and ironically find the same (wisdom, security, doing what is right)

Why? Because they lack faithfulness

If they were faithful to God they would love the bride of Christ

They would encourage themselves, and others, to learn about God, finding strength in community

Instead, they speak in confusion

The tower of Babel is still around

The pride, the hubris, continues today

We know better than what God wills, and we show it day by day as we live contrary to what He has called us to be

  • Application Points
  • Babel (4)

How do we escape Babel?

Even we can fall into the temptation that it is what we do which will save us

“I can do better all by myself.”

How do stand against the calling of Babel, the calling of confusion?

The answer is available to us

We find it in the New Testament…

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and hit filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested1 on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

-Acts 2:1-11, ESV

  • Application Points
  • Babel (5)

At Pentecost we find redemption from Babel

How do we come to a time when the human race is no longer trapped behind it’s walls?

The answer is Christ

Through the blood of Jesus we are redeemed, and we become family again

We see this with the many who come to the faith

Wherever we go we find brothers and sisters of the faith

Through Christ, we are bound back together, and can love each other as we are called to love

  • Application Points
  • Babel (6)

The way we destroy the works of Babel is by continually seeking faithfulness to God

To remember that the only way to make a name for ourselves is by uplifting the name of Jesus

We will find a name for ourselves, then, which will be written into the book of life

How does Babel relate to us?

It relates to us in how we strive against God

It relates to us in our own world, as we consider the many nations we see

Finally, while it may be true that this judgment is the only judgment thus far in Genesis without hope, there is hope in Christ

Despite our nationality and our native tongue, if we are in Christ we are under His sovereignty

  • Application Points
  • Babel (7)

Let us not strive for Babel, but for the kingdom of Christ

That we would lay down our pride, and that we would turn toward God in submission

That we would know our God is worthy

Knowing too that our God is good

  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ

Origins

Fall

Redemption

Glorification