Sunday, February 5, 2012

Feb 5: Genesis 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In this chapter, we learn how there came to be so many different languages in the world.
  • It might be confusing to us that God would be so upset about the people building a tower but the reason God was so displeased and intervened was because the people were doing it to glorify the supremacy of people.
  • Then we read the lineage of Shem (one of Noah’s sons) that ends with a man named Abram. Abram is a major figure in the history of the world and we will learn more about him in the weeks to come.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • God’s intervention at the tower of Babel still may be unsettling for you. God didn’t so much “punish” the people when he confused their language and scattered them around the world. God was actually being gracious. God knew that if people started building monuments to their power then they’d forget about their relationship with God and he knew that would ultimately leave them empty inside. God was trying to help keep the human race going in the right direction. Just look at us now, people everywhere are building monuments to themselves and their accomplishments and we’re more empty now than ever before. God knew we were created for a relationship with him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How’s your relationship with God going? Is God just an afterthought at best for you right now? Or do you have a deep growing relationship with him? Ask God to show you where you’re at and help keep you close to him. Life’s full of ups and downs, and God wants to be there with you through it all.