Memory Key – With your hands still above your head, pretend that you are putting your fingers between two elevator doors and spread the doors open with a little muscle. While you are spreading the doors apart say…
In Genesis 1:27–28, we are told that God commanded Adam to be fruitful and multiply in all the earth. As we have already discovered, Adam (like the angels) was created with a will of his own. Adam and Eve chose to exercise their own will in opposition to God. The result of their rebellion against His will was death and destruction. Adam’s sin became part of the DNA of all humanity. Down through the ages the corruption of Adam spread. As we discovered under the section covering the flood, the depravity of man became so bad that God destroyed all of humanity with the exception of Noah and his family.
Following the flood subsided, Noah and his family exited the ark and set foot on a planet that had been wiped clean of all humanity. In the whole world only eight human beings existed. The reset button had been pushed. But remember, Adam’s sinful DNA still resided in Noah and his family. While Noah believed God and his belief had saved him from the destruction of the flood, Noah was still a sinner. A saved sinner, but a sinner none-the-less. He and his family passed on to those who came after them the deadliest of diseases.
Read Genesis 9:1. Once again God instructed all that remained of mankind to be fruitful and multiply and spread out over the surface of the earth. Genesis 10:1–32 provides us with the record of the descendants of Noah through his sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Tower of Babel
As we turn the page to Genesis 11:1-9, a number of generations have passed. What we discover is that once again the descendants of Adam have exercised their free will. They refused to do what God had commanded. Instead of spreading out over the surface of the earth, we find humanity gathered together in one place on the Plain of Shinar. As a reference point, this was somewhere in the area of modern day Iraq or Iran. In ancient times this area was known as Mesopotamia. Living there together, the people decided to attempt what Adam and Eve themselves had attempted in the Garden of Eden once before. What was it?
They decided to build a tower that would reach into heaven. What was its purpose? The purpose was that from the top of the tower they too might be like God and look down over all that they had created. As we have already discovered, no one is like God. He will not share His place with anyone. The three members of the Godhead known as the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) had a discussion amongst themselves in heaven. They set in motion the next phase of their already established plan for HIStory. The story of God’s glory would be proclaimed throughout His Creation. Nothing can stop Him in the pursuit of His purpose. Ever!
As we’ve read in Genesis 11, God confused the common language of the people on the Plain of Shiner. The people were forced to spread out to the various parts of the world according the many languages that were established by God’s will at the Tower of Babel.
Pieces Of The Puzzle
At this point, an important reality must be stressed. God’s will cannot be sidetracked by man or by Satan. Sometimes it appears as if control has been ripped away from Him and that the world is spiraling out of His control. But in the midst of all of the chaos and confusion, God is still the sovereign of the universe. He still sits on His throne. Nothing happens anywhere that does not ultimately lead to the reflection of His own glory. The Tower of Babel is just one part of that story. You and I are part of the story, whether we want to be or not. When one reads the historical account of the Tower of Babel this truth is taught.
Open your Bible and read Acts 2:1-32. For many years, Jews and Gentiles had come to Jerusalem from all over the world to observe and participate in the worship of the One and Only God. But there was a problem. They spoke different languages, languages that originated at the Tower of Babel. Here is where our part of the story get’s really interesting.
After God had stepped out of eternity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and given His life as a ransom for many, was resurrected, and ascended back to heaven… the third person of the Trinity arrived to accomplish something spectacular. At Pentecost (Jewish feast of Shavuot), the Apostles miraculously began to speak in different languages, languages that people from all around the world understood. He also gave them a common language spoken everywhere. It was the language of love. Read John 13:35.
And why did this happen? Remember! It has always been God’s will that man would be fruitful, multiply, and spread the glory of His story throughout the entire earth. Receiving the supernatural ability to speak real languages that they had not previously known, God gave the Apostles what they would need to go and tell the whole world about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and that by belief in Him, sinful man could be saved from the consequences of his own personal rebellion against God.
This brings us to something you should know. There are 196 countries represented in the world. One of them is Israel, the God ordained home of the Jewish people. The other countries are the homelands of the Nations, the Gentiles of the world. All of the countries of the world originated with God’s establishment of different languages on the Plain of Shinar to accomplish His will. Now, in another chapter of HIStory, over the past year, people from over 85 nations around the world have visited Disciple Daily’s website. Many of them have made their presence known and expressed a desire to train with others in our network to make disciples of all nations. There is a seat at our table for believers in Messiah Jesus from every tribe, nation, and tongue!
Genesis 1-11 provides us with the records of four great events. Beginning with Genesis 12, God provides the accounts of four great men. Their names are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. So before we conclude, let’s review what we have learned so far from Genesis 1-11. Let’s make the hand signs for creation, fall, flood, nations.
You now have in your hands and in your mind an interactive tool to help you teach Genesis 1-11 to the people God has placed in your life. Isn’t that what disciples of Messiah Jesus do?
So, what are you for? Let’s get going, and let’s make some disciples!