After the Flood
As we end the first full week of the year, I want you to know how grateful I am that you have chosen to join me on this chronological journey through the Bible. I pray for you every day! I ask God to give you fresh insights from His Word, renewed strength to serve Him, and joy as you share His love with others. As things grow more uncertain and less secure in our world, remember that "everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." [Romans 15:4-6]
Nº 7 - January 7
Noah’s children had children, who in turn had more children, etc., and soon the earth was populated once more. One of Noah’s great-grandsons was a man named Nimrod. He was known as a great hunter. But he was also a great warrior. His name literally means “let us rebel.” And he did. He built a large kingdom completely opposed to God.
Although God had told Noah’s family to spread out and populate the earth (Genesis 9:1), his descendants felt they could accomplish their own purposes and gain more glory for themselves if they all stayed together. Rather than be known by God’s name, they wanted to make a name for themselves.
So they gathered on a plain near one of the largest cities in Nimrod’s kingdom and settled there. They learned to bake bricks using tar so the bricks would last a long time. It is likely they followed the same instructions God had given Noah when He taught him how to waterproof the ark. With their newly developed materials they built a large city, and they began to construct a tower that reached high into the sky.
Historians tell us the tower they erected was a magnificent ziggurat—a tiered, rectangular pyramid. It was large enough to have a temple with a huge altar at the top where the priests could offer pagan sacrifices to false gods. From its pinnacle they would be able to observe and worship the sun and the moon and the stars. They wanted it to become a focal point around which the whole world would gather. No one had ever attempted to build such an incredible structure before.
God was not happy when He looked at the tower and witnessed their disobedience. He personally paid the builders a visit. (This is one of several times we are told that He actually showed up here on earth.) This huge tower that occupied a central place in Nimrod’s kingdom was clear evidence that the whole civilization had turned its back on Him.
God knew that there was no limit to how depraved these people would become if He did not intervene. So He did. He chose to do it in a merciful way. Unexpectedly, without any warning, the people began speaking in different languages. They could no longer understand each other. There was mass confusion and hysteria. Immediately, work on the tower had to stop.
The people began to form groups based on their new languages, and they moved to different locations all over the planet. That tower, in the middle of a plain in Shinar, became known as the tower of confusion—the Tower of Babel. And the city became known as Babylon.
What are the most important things in your life right now?
Are they things that bring God glory, or are they designed to bring you glory?
Do you want to be known as one of God’s children, or would you rather make a name for yourself in your own way?
Our own names don’t last very long. Only God’s name will last forever.