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Leaving The Place Of Blessing

“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.” (Genesis 12:10)

Abraham, Sarah, Lot, and all of the servants that they had acquired in Haran departed into the land of Canaan. Genesis 12:5 tells us simply that: “They went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.” We so often complain about the hardships and struggles that prohibit us from entering God’s place of blessing for us, but once we resolve the matter in our own hearts, once we trust that He is able to bring us to the place where He is calling us, it is really no difficult matter at all. We, too, can set out for the Promised Land, and into that Land we shall go.

But lest we believe that the matter is forever settled once our feet enter into the Land of Promise, let us read a few verses farther. Abraham, the man of faith, will have his faith tried after he reaches the land of Canaan, for a famine came upon the new land where God had brought him, and Abraham fled into Egypt.

Taking Matters Into His Own Hands

Without question, God’s intention was never for Abraham and his group to starve to death in the Promised Land. But it is also apparent that God did not intend for Abraham to leave Canaan, either. I believe that it was the Lord’s intention to teach Abraham to trust Him. God doesn’t lead us to the Land of Promise just so that we can worry over how we are going to survive once we get there. Nor does He save us just so that we can be anxious over where our next meal is coming from (Matthew 6:25). God will sometimes allow the famines to come into our lives so that we can learn to turn our trust to Him. If we are never in a place of need, we will never look to Him for our provision.

Abraham responded to the famine the same way that we so often do: he attempted to take care of the problem himself. Since he was running out of food where he was at, he would simply go somewhere else. Even though his foot was upon the land that God had clearly told him He was going to give to him (Genesis 12:7), Abraham decided that if he was going to eat, he had better take off for somewhere else. He believed that God could move Heaven and Earth and cause a great nation to spring forth from a childless man in the twilight of his life, married to a barren woman beyond the age of child-bearing, but he did not believe that God could feed him in the land where He had brought him. Are we any different? We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will one day raise our lifeless bodies and bring us to the Place that He has prepared for us, yet we doubt that He can provide for our most basic of needs in this life?

No Trust For His Safety

“Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.” (Genesis 12:12-13)

So, as they come close to entering the land of Egypt, Abraham pulls Sarah, his wife, aside and makes a most unusual request of her. Do not tell anyone in Egypt that you are my wife because they will kill me so that they can have you. Strange words, indeed, for a man who packed up and left all that he had based on the promise of God that He would make a great nation of him! He was obviously not believing this promise now; how would God make good on His promise if He allowed Abraham to be murdered in Egypt? Yet once we doubt God at one point, it is only natural that we will begin to doubt Him at others. Abraham did not believe that God would continue to provide for his needs back in Canaan, so it was natural that he would stop believing that God would provide for his safety down in Egypt. If we can doubt God’s integrity in one area, how can we possibly maintain our faith in any other?

Pharaoh Has The Last Word

Abraham’s scheme backfired horribly. Sarah had caught the attention of no less than the Pharaoh himself and, supposing her to be unmarried and Abraham to be merely her brother, Pharaoh betrothed her to be his wife. Not only this, Pharaoh bestowed great gifts upon Abraham (thinking him to be her next of kin) and gave to him the finest things of Egypt as a dowry. Abraham had supposed that the heathens of Egypt would be no more than blood-thirsty, wife-stealing criminals, but the behavior of Pharaoh is far and beyond the more honorable than his own. What is more humiliating than when the conduct of the sinner is far nobler than that of the people of God? What can bring more shame upon our heads than when the depraved exhibit a greater sense of morality than we do? The man who had been promised that all of the families of the Earth would be blessed through him (Genesis 12:3) had so far only brought a plague and curse upon the house of Pharaoh by his own sin!

“Now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way” (Genesis 12:19)

God is not relying on our ingenuity to bring about His will in our lives. Once we lose faith in God and decide that we ourselves are going to help His purposes along, we are forced to use the methods and ways of this world. We leave ourselves to nothing but our own humanly devices when we step out of His will for us and, consequently, set ourselves up to fail and fail miserably. Our enemies are not flesh and blood, neither are our weapons carnal. When we step away from God’s will, we forsake His strength and power and we are left standing in a very dangerous place.

We all have the tendency to lean on our own understanding, to want to fall back on using the ways of the world when the times get hard. But we must trust that God will provide for us when we are in His will. The world believes that the end justifies the means, but as servants of God we are obliged to act with the utmost integrity and honesty. We are not afforded the discretion to lie to those around us, even to save our own skin. Our own journey to the Place of Promise must be one where God is honored in every step we take and His holy commandments upheld. How we get there and what we do along the way is important, not just getting there.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published November 27, 2009]

**All Scripture quotations in this post are taken from the King James Version (KJV) Bible

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

 

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And Lot Went With Him

“So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” (Genesis 12:4)

“And Lot went with him…”

These words are almost a footnote in Genesis 12:4. Abraham did exactly as the Lord had commanded him and, oh by the way, he also decided to bring Lot with him. So what was the problem with this? Well, we saw in verse 1 that God had told him to get out of his homeland AND away from his kindred. He was to leave his father’s house and all of his relatives and set out for the place where God was taking him. As far as I can tell, it seems that he and his wife Sarah should have really been the only ones to make the journey.

The first leg of the trip that Abraham makes out of Ur of the Chaldees brings him to the city of Haran. Genesis 11:31 tells us that it was Abraham’s father, Terah, who brought the family to this place after Abraham’s brother, also named Haran, died. Perhaps Terah was grief-stricken at the loss of his son and wanted to find a new beginning in a new place. Maybe he even founded this new city himself and named it in honor of his memory. Whether or not Abraham should have even joined his father in going to Haran is uncertain from what we are told in Scripture. In Stephen’s testimony before the Sanhedrin recorded in the Book of Acts, we are told :

“…“Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,  and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’ Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living.” (Acts 7:2-4)

So God had instructed Abraham even before he went to Haran that he was to depart from his father’s house and go to the land that He would show him. Whether God had led Abraham to first go to Haran with his father and then later go to the land of Canaan or whether this was entirely Abraham’s decision cannot, in my opinion, be concluded from the what we are told. But it is at least curious that after Abraham is told to leave his father’s house that he actually follows his father to another place. Many have referred to this time in Abraham’s life as the “wasted years at Haran”, and perhaps they were. We do know for certain that God’s plans for Abraham’s life were put on hold as he waited in Haran for his father to die.

But what about Lot? Well, with Lot we can be certain that it was not God’s intention for him to accompany Abraham to Canaan. We need only to look at the next few chapters and see the enormous amount of grief and trouble that he caused his Uncle Abraham for many years to come! In Genesis 13:6 we will see that the land that God had provided for Abraham was simply not big enough to hold Abraham and Lot. It was never God’s plan for Lot to live there. What God’s plan was for Lot I do not pretend to know. He obviously provided for Lot’s safety in spite of his being “out of place” when He enabled his Uncle Abraham to rescue him from the captivity of the kings who warred against Sodom and Gomorrah (14:16), and later sent angels to lead Lot and his family out of Sodom (19:15). So, we can surmise that the Lord would certainly have provided for Lot had he not joined Abraham in Canaan, and the lives of both of them would have went a lot smoother, we can be sure.

Taking On Unintended Responsibilities

At first glance, it really doesn’t seem like Abraham did anything wrong. In fact, we might even consider his actions rather commendable. Poor Lot had lost his father in Ur of the Chaldees. Then, his grandfather, Terah, died in Haran. Wouldn’t it be the right thing for Abraham to now take this young man under his own wing? Except for the commandment and calling he had received from God, it probably would have been. Let us first understand that Lot was not a small child in need of a caretaker. He was a grown man. Second, we should understand that the callings of God are never to be used as a guise for self-centeredness. It is wrong to shirk our God-given responsibilities under the premise that we are doing so in order to honor and follow the Lord (see Matthew 15:4-6). Had Abraham abandoned a responsibility to look after Lot so that he would be free to  go off on his own journey, that would have been a different matter. No, he voluntarily took Lot with him with the idea that he was doing what was in his nephew’s best interest, even though the Lord had told him to go without his kindred.

How often do we do the same type of thing? We take on responsibilities in our walk with the Lord that He never intended for us to take. We do not follow exactly what God tells us to do because we try to go beyond what He wants us to do. He tells us to teach a Sunday School class, we apply to Pastor the church; He tells us to witness for Him to our next door neighbors, we volunteer to go on a mission to Asia. Aren’t these things in fact better than what He has called us to do? We might think so, but when we do this we are bringing “Lot” along with us on the journey and it is going to cause us trouble.

Bringing Too Much Baggage

Abraham’s bringing of his nephew Lot with him is also a picture of failing to make a “clean break” from where we were so that we can go to where God wants to take us. God has called us out of the place where we were before we knew Him to go somewhere entirely new. We cannot bring the things of our old life with us on this journey. When He says to us: “Follow Me”, we must walk away from where we are, forsake our old lives apart from Him, and follow. Peter and Andrew left their fishing nets behind (Mathew 4:20), Matthew walked away from his tax collecting office (Matthew 9:9), and Paul “resigned” his position as a Jewish leader (Philippians 3:4-8).

When the Lord calls us to follow Him and we bring along our extra baggage, when we fail to lay down our fishing nets, or walk away from the position that we held before we knew Him, we are not listening to His call. When we retain the same habits, when we keep all of the same friends and acquaintances, when we do not completely depart from out of our own country and from our own “kindred”, we are bringing along Lot with us and we can be sure that he will cause us a great deal of trouble.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published November 22, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

 

The Call Of Abraham

“Now the LORD said to Abram, Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you;” (Genesis 12:1)

Before we begin to consider the details of Abraham’s life, let us take a moment to consider the extraordinary circumstances of his calling to follow the Lord. Standing on this side of history and peering backward through the lens of our own knowledge and experience, it is easy to lose sight and perspective of how phenomenal and unusual God’s calling to Abraham really was.

“Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods.” (Joshua 24:2)

Abraham was born into a culture and society that was completely immersed in idolatry. His own father, Terah, is said to have been one who “served other gods.” There was absolutely no external influence, no human witness whatsoever, who could lead Abraham to serve the true and living God. Instead, every knee within that society was bowed down in worship of a “Moon god” and honor was given to the creation rather than the Creator. In a place where the object of worship brightly lit up the night sky for all to behold, Abraham alone heard the still, small voice of the living God speaking directly to his heart.

“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)

From whence was Abraham called and to where was he being led? We know now because we have read in God’s Word exactly where God would bring him. But Abraham did not know where he was going. And where was he being led away from? Was it a city that lacked for the comforts of this world? Certainly not. It is believed by Archaeologists that the culture and advancements that had been reached in Ur of the Chaldees would remain unsurpassed in Mesopotamian society for more than a thousand years. Many throughout history have gladly forsaken a wasted and desolate land for the prospect of obtaining a better life, but this is not what Abraham did. Pioneering adventurers have also been enticed to journey into unseen lands based on the testimonies and enchanting tales of fortunes to be had made by others who went into such lands before them. But Abraham had received no such enticement from man.

Abraham did not have a dramatic experience, he witnessed no brilliantly illuminated sign written across the heavens. In fact, he turned his face away from such “signs” in the night sky that his own countrymen were influenced by. He was not seeking to flee a land that no longer held any material wealth and comfort for him, nor was he searching for a greater prosperity in an unexplored land of untapped resources. No, we see in Genesis 12:4 that Abraham departed, as the Lord had spoken to him. It was the commandment of God and the promise that he now had in Him that motivated Abraham to leave his homeland and journey to an unknown place. He responded in faith to what God had said to him and it was that belief in what God had told him that caused him to leave.

Our Call To Christ

Is not the call of the Lord to Abraham similar to His call to the believer in Christ? “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you…”

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29)

As He called Abraham to walk away from everything in his own life and come and follow Him, the Lord Jesus Christ calls all of us to do the same. “Follow Me” was His call to Abraham, and it is with these words that He calls unto us. Granted, most Christians are not literally called to depart from the place where they are at physically (although sometimes this is definitely the case), nor to depart from their families: in fact, God often wants to use us to reach those around us right where we are. But there is a change of allegiance, a change of priority. “Follow Me.” With that simple invitation, the one who chooses to obey Him will now follow in the footsteps of the One Who gave His life for them. They will no longer live at the command and pleasure of another, no matter who they are, nor will they be at liberty to serve their own interests or pursue their own agenda. They will follow their Lord into the land that He has promised to them.

What about your own acceptance of the Lord’s invitation to follow Him? Have you left the “land” where you were at? Have you spiritually departed from your own country, kindred, and father’s house? Have you forsaken the other “gods” whom they served or are you still living in the idolatry of those around you? And what about the investment that you have made into Christ’s promises? What has it cost you? Abraham put all that he had on the line in obedience to what God had promised him. If God’s Word had proven to be untrue, if God had been unfaithful to deliver on what He had said to him, Abraham would have lost everything. He was relying on God alone to provide for everything that he needed, before and after he reached the land of promise.

May I ask, what have you ventured on the promise that you have in Christ? In business, a failed investment not only deprives an individual of the gain that he had hoped to obtain, but the capital that he invested into the prospect. If God had failed to bring Abraham to the promised land, Abraham stood not only to lose what he might have in Canaan, but what he had had in Ur. God calls us not to walk with one foot in Ur and one foot in the land of promise, no, He requires us to walk away from Ur before we can enter into Canaan. Our calling to Christ leaves us in such a position that we will no longer have any part of this world if we follow Him.

Many Christians live in this world in such a way that if the promises of Christ proved to be false, if the Word of God were found to be untrue, and if the Christian faith itself were discovered to be nothing more than a fable, they would lose absolutely nothing. They have ventured nothing into following the Lord and would consequently lose nothing if He failed them (were such indeed even possible). If our faith in God is so weak that we stand to lose nothing  in following Him in this life, is it truly a “faith” that will lay hold of His promise to us in the next?

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published November 19, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

The Bible’s Prologue Concludes

Table of Nations

“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:9)

Starting at Genesis 11:10, there is a great shift of focus in the Bible from worldwide, universal events to localized, specific details in the lives of individuals. Up to this point, God has been dealing with mankind in general, no distinction has been made concerning race or ethnicity, but humanity only. Now, the Lord of Heaven will pluck from the tree that contains all the nations of the Earth a single branch with which He will deal directly. God will prune and cultivate this single branch, that is, the nation of Israel, with the purpose of preparing it to bear the Fruit that will come forth from it: the Lord Jesus Christ, the Promised Messiah.

The first 11 chapters of Genesis cover the span of history from the very dawn of time until the first part of the life of Abraham. The narrative deals in eras and epochs and speaks of the human condition in general – giving very limited detail whatsoever – moving rapidly from one monumental incident to the next. These chapters, although they literally cover an immensely greater span of time than the entire rest of the Bible combined, are really simply a background given to familiarize the reader of Scripture with the setting against which the remainder of the Word of God will unfold. Even though the details and explanations are often minimal and meager, many of the most perplexing questions and dilemmas that have plagued the thoughts of man since the most ancient of times are summarily resolved within these first 11 chapters of Genesis. Where did man come from? Why are we here? Are we alone in the Universe? Why does there exist a universal yearning in the hearts of all men for spiritual fulfillment –  for a connection with our Creator – that seems so impossible to fulfill? What is it that has separated us from the One Who put us here in the first place?

Sin And Judgment

If we were pressed to arrive at a simple, recurring theme throughout these first 11 chapters of the Bible, we could summarize this theme as one of sin and judgment. Since Adam, I think that it would be very hard to find a single, honest individual who did not look at the world around them and conclude that something was very, very wrong. Whether they be men of faith or not, whether they be spiritual, philosophical, contemplative, or simply given to pure logic apart from emotion; most people realize that the world is not the way that it should be. Something has gone terribly wrong. Just about the time that another secular philosopher is ready to again advance the concept of the innate goodness of the heart of man, another catastrophic tragedy grips the headlines and leaves people shaking their heads and wondering what this world is coming to.

But the Bible makes it clear that there has always been evil in the heart of man, since the very beginning. From Adam and Eve’s Fall in the Garden of Eden, to Cain’s murder of Abel, to the people living in the time leading up to the Flood, to the denizens of Babel and their audacious Tower; the case is clearly made that the problem of man is his sin and it is his rebellion that separates him from God. If we learn nothing else from this portion of Scripture, we can be sure of one thing: God judges the sins of man.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)

The antediluvians fulfilled all the lusts of their flesh; Cain demonstrated the pride of life in his arrogant, self-reliant offering to God; and the early Mesopotamians at the Plain of Shinar catered to the lust of their eyes when they sought to construct the Tower of Babel. Man has been opposed to God since the very beginning. It is in this setting and against this background and with this understanding that we will now meet Abraham: the man of faith. From this point on, the Bible will deal primarily with individuals rather than global events. We have heretofore gazed at the entire world, as through a telescope; now we will look upon more specific locations, as through a microscope. The pace will also greatly slow down as the elapsed time between one chapter to the next will be measured by days, months, and, sometimes, years; rather than decades, centuries, and millenia.

We have been introduced to the human condition in these first chapters of Genesis with scarcely a brief glance at the remedy that God would eventually provide for the problem of man’s sin. Starting in Chapter 12, we will now see how God moved toward providing the break in the endless cycle of sin and judgment and how man can again be reconciled to his Creator.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published November 15, 2009]

**All Scripture quotations in this post are taken from the King James Version (KJV) Bible

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

Nimrod And The Tower Of Babel

Earth From Space

“From these the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.” (Genesis 10:5)

In Chapter 10 of Genesis, we have the result of what happened in Genesis 11:1-9, that is, God’s confounding of man’s language at the Tower of Babel. Here we have the origin of every single nation that would inhabit the face of the Earth. Every civilization that would arise in the post-Flood world can trace its beginnings to one of these 70 descendants of the sons of Noah in one way or another.

In the middle of Chapter 11, the Bible will again narrow its focus as it did between Chapters 1 and 2 . This time, the focus will move away from mankind in general to the nation of Israel specifically. Yet before it does, we are given a farewell look at the Gentile nations, the Goyim, and are shown that God is truly the God of all mankind, Jew and Gentile alike (Romans 3:29). When we arrive at the New Testament, in the Book of Acts, all the nations of the world will come into sharp focus again as all men, out of every tongue and nation, are drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ. God leaves off His direct dealings with the nations of the world here in Genesis 10 until the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and turns His attention toward His chosen people through whom the Son of God will come to the Earth. Yet God never really lifts His hand entirely from these nations, nor does He turn His eye away from them. The Spirit of God carefully records the names of these nations in the text of Genesis 10 because they matter to Him. We may not care about or even fully understand the distinction between an Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite, or any of the other “ites” listed, but God does.

Nimrod The “Mighty Hunter”

Not much detail is given about any of the specific individuals listed in Chapter 10 aside from which “branch” of the sons of Noah they descended from and then who descended from them. But in verses 8-10 we encounter a man by the name of Nimrod whom the Bible tells us was a “mighty hunter before the Lord.” The idea of the language here seems to be that Nimrod “set his face” against the Lord. He stood in opposition against God. And the “prey” upon which he hunted was not deer and wild game, but the souls of men. Nimrod is a shadow, a spiritual predecessor of the Antichrist of Revelation. Like the Antichrist, Nimrod sought to build for himself a kingdom, a government over which he himself would preside and rule over all the people of the Earth. His kingdom was founded upon the efforts of man and inspired by the common bond of defiance against God. It was Nimrod who laid the groundwork for the Babylonian Empire, an empire that would symbolize, throughout Scripture, man’s arrogant attempts to institute his own religious and political system in defiance of God Almighty.

What Happened At Babel

"Tower Of Babel" (Pieter Bruegel the Elder)

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4 KJV)

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

It is abundantly clear from this statement where the focus of these people who set about building the Tower was: themselves. Noah’s focus was on God and he built an altar to honor Him. The people at the Plain of Shinar here in Genesis 11 were focused on themselves and set about to build a monument to honor themselves.  God had told man to scatter and fill the Earth (Genesis 9:1), these people said, “No, we will not be scattered.” Here we have the two seeds of rebellion against God: focus on self and defiance of His commands.

In verses 3 and 4 we have the the phrase repeated, “Go to, let us…” It is a phenomenon of human nature that man will do things in a group that he would never do alone, and that is exactly what we see happening here. People will entice and provoke others to do the most wicked things under the illusion of safety that a mob mentality provides. These people, under Nimrod, had built a capitol city that would be the seat of their empire against God. Within that city, they were attempting to set a rallying point at which place they could gather together. They thought that this Tower would “reach the heavens”, that it would match the Throne of God in its splendor and magnificence, and that it would serve to establish their names upon the Earth for posterity.

But what did this “great” Tower really amount to? When God laid out the blueprint for the construction of His Tabernacle and the furnishings contained therein, He called for the use of gold, silver, and precious stones. When John beheld what the New Jerusalem will look like, the Jerusalem built by God, he saw walls of precious stone, gates of pearl, and a city adorned with gold so pure it looked like clear glass. When man attempted to build a tower that would reach the heavens and preserve his name forever, he used bricks of mud and slime for mortar.

Divided Language

Man said, “Go to, let us…” and God responded in verse 7 with His own “Go to, let Us…”

What the people did at Babel deserved the righteous judgment of God and He could have simply wiped them from the face of the Earth. But God chose instead to divide man by confounding his language. This division would compel them to obey His command to disperse and fill the Earth, even though they had resisted it before. There is no doubt that mankind is very capable of accomplishing great things and the greatest of these things are accomplished when man is united in his purpose. Common culture and language serve as very powerful forces that bind men in their efforts. All the nations of the world would still share the common purpose of defying God, but their ability to unite together in their efforts would now be restricted by the language barrier.

On the Day of Pentecost, in Acts Chapter 2, God would lift the barrier of language for the purpose of uniting mankind in his ability to come to the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone would be able to hear the Gospel preached in his own tongue and would be able to respond accordingly. When we enter the next life and dwell directly in God’s presence, man will again share a common language. We will also share a common purpose. But that purpose will be to honor God and to seek glory for the name of Jesus Christ, not glory for our own.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published November 12, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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