1.4 Genesis 10-11

Jill Perez

January 4th

Genesis 10-11

Genesis 10-11 continues the thought of the origins of human beings.  With Genesis 10 focused on the table of nations or family records. Genesis 11 the tower of Babel.  Chapter 11 starts out mentioning that the WHOLE EARTH was unified and spoke one language. The sons of Adam traveled to the land of Shinar to live and they built a great tower for themselves (to reach to heaven), but the Lord confused their language, since they were going against God’s plan.  Later in the chapter we see the details of Shem’s generation which includes Abram marrying Sarai.

What is one key verse?

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Genesis 11:4

This scripture stood out to me because the people lost sight of God so quickly and it became what they wanted instead of what God wanted with a Godly slant that they wanted the building to reach to the heavens and they didn’t want to be scattered about.

How does what you read change your vision of God?  This scripture changes my vision of God because he is so loving and patient.  He could have destroyed them immediately for not doing what he said, but he works to urge us into his direction.  First he came down to check out what was happening, then he expressed the good of what he saw, then he went into action.  I’m sure it took time for those languages to be developed. God is like a loving parent caring for his chicks that may be wandering into danger and gently uses his wings to usher his loved ones to safety or a better path.  He is not harsh or quick to reprimand but does not let them give in to their desires, fears or wants. God is the one and only HERO.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?  This scripture changes me because life is not about me and what I can accomplish.  It’s about what God can do through me and others and it helps me to be patient with others (as a parent and a mentor) when I see something that is taking them further away from God instead of closer.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)  I want to remember how patient and loving God is and extend that to others.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?  (What made you think about Jesus) The fact that Jesus was always about God’s purpose and was never about making himself greater than him.  He always did what God wanted him to do and he had to endure the most difficult of circumstances.  

8 Replies to “1.4 Genesis 10-11”

  1. I absolutely love the statement here that “life is not about me and what I can accomplish, but about what God can do through me.” This reminder is so freeing and takes so much pressure off us! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Genesis 11:4 impacted me too, Jill. I found it interesting that the same temptation that led the original people away from God crops up again and again in each generation. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God so they disobeyed; Cain didn’t agree with God’s requirements for sacrifice, so he took matters into his own hands and killed his brother. Here, the people essentially want to build an altar to themselves, to make a name for themselves. Our default from the beginning has been to glorify ourselves instead of God.

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  3. Thank you for highlighting God’s patient parenting skills here! I like your statement: “He is not harsh or quick to reprimand but does not let them give in to their desires, fears or wants.” I need to remember this in my own parenting so that I can better model Him to my children. Thanks Jill!

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