Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”Genesis 11:1-4 NIV
The LORD said, “These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want.Genesis 11:6 CEV
Come, let Us [Father, Son, Holy Spirit] go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand each other’s speech.Genesis 11:7 AMP
So the people had to stop building the city, because the LORD confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. That’s how the city of Babel got its name.Genesis 11:8-9 CEV
Let look at a few key words in these first half of Chapter 11.
- “They said to each other” – At one time everyone spoke the same language.
- “Soon, they will be able to do anything they want.” – Even God knows that when we unite, nothing is impossible.
- Babel in Hebrew sounds like “confused”.
Now allow me to bring into this Bible study something one of the pastors of my church said not too long ago in regards to Babel:
- The people who settled to make the tower of Babel had gotten comfortable where they were.
- The people who settled to make the tower of Babel were more interested in building themselves UP rather than OUT as commanded by God. “Let’s build a city for ourselves.” (11:4, NIRV) “Let us make a [famous] name for ourselves.” (11:4, AMP).
When you are focused on what you can do for yourself instead of what God has for you, you are building for yourself a Babel tower. Do not build a Babel.Pastor Johnson Bowie
In case you didn’t know, Babylon grew out of the site of Babel. Babylon like the people building the tower, aimed to make a name for themselves and firmly establish their prominence and power. As such, Babylon went on to become a symbol throughout the Bible of rebellion against God. (Rev. 18:2)
After the event at Babel, the people were scattered and then we get introduced to Abram.
Abram is a descendant of Shem, Noah’s eldest son. This is Abram’s ancestry:
- Shem became the father of Arphaxad at the age of 100; He went on to live until the age of 500.
- Arphaxad became the father of Shelah at the age of 35; He went on to live until the age of 403.
- Shelah became the father of Eber at the age of 30; He went on to live until the age of 403.
- Eber became the father of Peleg at the age of 34; He went on to live until the age of 430.
- Peleg became the father of Reu at the age of 30; He went on to live until the age of 209.
- Reu became the father of Serug at the age of 32; He went on to live until the age of 207.
- Serug became the father of Nahor at the age of 30; He went on to live until the age of 200.
- Nahor became the father of Terah at the age of 29; He went on to live until the age of 119.
- Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran at the age of 70; He went on to live until the age of 205.
Per my calculations, by the time Abram was born, Shem was only just 390 years old and as such, was still around to retell the story of the flood – as well as having other sons and daughters, populating the earth and creating nations.
Arphaxad was also only 290 years old when Abram was born, and Shelah was 255. Eber was 225, Peleg was 191, Reu was 161, Serug was 129, and Nahor was 99.
All this to state who was still alive to see the miracle baby, Isaac. Abram [then Abraham] was 100 years old when Isaac was born and as such, the only ancestor that were still living were: Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, Eber and his father Terah. Those closer to Abraham’s generation were feeling the extent of God’s promise that humankind would not live beyond the age of 120. Moreover, the drastic drop in the age [we go from Eber living to be 403, to Peleg only living to be 209] signifies the magnetic growth of sin on the earth by this time. Sin brings death, the greater the sin the higher the effect on our lives.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong you life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.Proverbs 3:1-2 NIV
Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with your and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the LORD your God gives you for all time.Deuteronomy 4:40 NIV
Those who do what is right will grow like a palm tree. They will grow strong like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Their roots will be firm in the house of the LORD. They will grow strong and healthy in the courtyards of our God. When they get old, they will still bear fruit. Like young trees they will stay fresh and strong.Psalms 92: 12-14, NIRV
Thank you for reading!
I hope something on here stuck with you.
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