The problem with humanity is NOT their environment. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden when they sinned; Noah and his family began life all over again in a totally refurbished world. The problem lies with the human heart which is, "deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). Only by faith in the coming Messiah can man escape the corruptness of his own heart.
People and nations still build towers of Babel today in which they place their trust. Only one reliable tower, however, exists. King David constantly referred to the LORD God as a strong tower (see Psalm 18:1-3). His son, Solomon, declares, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." The wicked, instead of running to God, build their towers of trust while the righteous run to the LORD.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Genesis 10:1-5; 1 Chronicles 1:5-7; Genesis 10:6-20; 1 Chronicles 1:8-16; Genesis 10:21-11:26; 1 Chronicles 1:17-27
- What event took place during the days of Peleg and his brother Joktan?
- Describe the people of Shinar.
- Why does God confuse the language of the people in Shinar?
- What does "sharing a language" do for people?
- How do you see the "sharing of language" and the different languages in America affecting our culture?
- What does the story of Babel teach you about God? About human nature?
- How are life spans affected by the post-flood environment?
- How do you see God working redemptively via Shem's descendants?
Prayerlessness characterizes proud and independent people. Ask the Lord to reveal how desperately you need Him and to make you into a person of prayer.