Sunday, February 10, 2013

Genesis 11:1-9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 11:1-9. 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, people build a big tower. God gets upset. And we learn how there came to be so many different languages in the world. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The reason God was displeased with the people for building the tower is because they were seeking to glorify themselves.
  • There's a sense in which God wasn't punishing the people by scattering them around the world and giving them multiple languages but was instead being gracious. God knew that if people started building monuments to glorify themselves, they could forget God. This would ultimately leave them empty because we were made to have a relationship with God and give him glory.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In your life are you seeking your glory or God's? If that question were brought to court, what evidence could be given that you are seeking your glory? What examples could you provide that you are seeking God's glory?
  • What practical changes can you make in your life to help you live out your true purpose of living for God's glory?
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that gives an easy-to-understand summary of the first 11 chapters of Genesis: