1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
By that sin fell the angels; how can man, then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by it?
O Cromwell, Cromwell!
I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
It is okay I think to work towards a goal, provided you have had long and serious talks with Christ about it. Is is a good fit with the talents he has given you? Will it bless you, your family and the world? Will you be fully human, fully alive while pursuing this goal? Will you be happy? Is it a healthy, achievable goal?
The people of Babel wanted to be famous, and wanted to resist the will of God. And so he who sat in the heavens laughed them to scorn. The Lord held them in derision.
From Shem to Abram
10 This is the account of Shem’s family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father[d] of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.[e]
14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
And here are God’s seven promises to Abraham. A free gift as we give our children gifts–with no strings attached. Just because!!
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Wonderful words were spoken over Abraham. However, if Abraham had not taken the risk of faith, none of it would have come true.
Theophanies are memorialized so that they will not be forgotten. It is important for us to do this too, in a journal entry or blog post if nothing else.
Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
One day our faith blazes brightly.
The next day, we are cowardly,
We trust in our shifts, schemes and devices rather than in God.
So don’t be too hasty to write off men of faith when they disappoint you.
And don’t be hasty to write yourself off either.
With God there is always a second and third chance.
Very interesting! Here God punished an unwitting sin innocently committed. This is reminiscent of what Jesus said in Luke 12;48. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.
3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
He has sinned, he has been a coward, he has been forgiven, he has been blessed. And now Abraham returns to the great theme of his life. He calls upon the name of the Lord.