Summary: Going Deeper into Common Story
I’m going to preach on a story from Scripture, and try to point out some deeper things, not to show off, but to use the knowledge you already have to teach a little more.
I don’t know if you realize it or not, but every one in this room is part of a minority group. Less than 10% of the people in the world speak English.
Tonight I want to look at one of the first stories in Scripture. If you can find it, we’ll be in Genesis chapter 11.
WHILE THEY TURN THERE:
One of the common misunderstandings of this story is that the people wanted to build a tower to reach God. -
READ TEXT 11:1-9
There is a small trace of an idea that maybe they were thinking of a building a high enough to escape the flood. But they might have just built a tower on a mountain if they wanted to do that.
1st Sin you see is Self-reliance.
1. They made their own building materials.
GE 11:3 They said to each other, "Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly."
The first lesson from Babel is that it’s foolish to make plans and try to live ignoring and being independent from God.
There is a story of a scientist who was talking with God about how science had been able to achieve so many things, and that they didn’t need God anymore. That they could create life on their own. We have steel mills, electronic factories, glass makers, everything we need. All we need is dirt, and we can make life.
So God said to the scientist, let’s see you create life on your own. The man reached for dirt and God said – hold on, get your own dirt.
2. As a tall structure They would have their own security.
Maybe even from a flood.
Written on Sept. 6, 1941 by journalist Clarke Beach.
A Japanese attack on Hawaii is regarded as the most unlikely thing in the world, with one chance in a million of being successful. Besides having more powerful defenses than any other post under the American Flag, it is protected by distance.
Churches as a whole can also become so secular that they don’t depend upon God anymore.
And churches are collections of people, And we have become so self-reliant, it’s crazy.
The second sin you see here is Prideful / Boasting motives:
Why we do something is just as important as what and how we do something.
It is not wrong to build something with your own hands.
It is not wrong to build something for security, but it is wrong to do it to show other people.
The biggest problem is their motive for the building project.
“Lets, let us, ourselves, we, and ourselves.”
Making a name for themselves meant they could
The 3rd sin you can see here is their disobedience.
GE 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
If you can imagine, in ancient times, God would tell people to do something, and sometimes they would not do it.
Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is; delayed obedience is disobedience.
To speak positively today is to be profoundly countercultural. Obedience is confused with “blind obedience” which is morally offensive to some. Obedience is confused with conformity, with going along, with asking no questions. But obedience really means responsiveness. Obedience is not the surrender of responsibility, but the acceptance of responsibility for what we respond to and how.
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It would appear that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, but we cannot understand all of what God foresaw.
Something that we see here is that God gets what he wants. His will is done no matter what we do.
Their lives had great future signifcance. Think of all of the effect that they had on history. Our lives have eternal significance too.