Friday, October 28
Today's reading: Genesis 11:1-32
Shortly after Noah, his family and all the living creatures exit the ark, God gives dominion of the earth to Noah and his sons and issues the command to them to multiply and fill the earth (see Genesis 9). But as generations are born and the earth begins to be repopulated, mankind again chooses to go after its own thoughts and desires instead of looking to and following after God. Rather than dispersing to fill the earth that God had so freely given them, Noah's descendants band together, elevating themselves with the purpose of acting in direct opposition to God.
"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)
As He had done in the past (with Adam and Eve and then in Noah's time), God intervenes, upholding His promise to refrain from flooding the earth as a consequence for sin.
What does this account show us about human nature? What does it reveal about our need for God and the consequences of turning away from Him? What's one thing you learned or noticed about God from this passage? Tami
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