Babel: Imagine All the People (Genesis 10:1-11:9)

I haven’t been able to find any songs about the Tower of Babel. But through the week, I did locate one that describes the situation in Genesis 10-11 pretty well (which we will never sing here). It goes like this:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one…

John Lennon might not have imagined it, but that’s pretty close to what was happening at Babel. It teaches us that:

  1. Humanity is Naturally Connected (10:1-32)
  2. Pride is Naturally Anti-God (11:1-4)
  3. The LORD Supernaturally Intervenes (11:5-9)

Sunday 1st March 2020

Review questions:

  • Is Genesis 10 history (1 Chronicles 1:4-23 & Luke 3:23-38)? Yes/No
  • Nimrod means “let us ___________________”. He was the first _____________________ (10:8-10)
  • All human beings are all descended from ______________________ (10:1, 32)
  • Humanism is putting us at the centre of history to the exclusion of ________________ (11:3-4)
  • Babel was an attempt to maintain human ______________ity, achieve social ______________ity, and secure a kind of __________________________ity without God (11:3-4)
  • How do I seek to make a name for myself (11:4)?  ___________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Did God know about Babel before “going down” to see it (11:5)? Yes/No
  • God divided people by _________________________ not by ‘race’ (11:6-7, 9)
  • How does God unite humanity (Zeph 3:9, John 12:32, Acts 2:1-12, Eph 2:11-22)?
  • A question I have:
  • A truth to share:
  • Something to pray about:
  • How I should change:

Published by Stephen McDonald

Christian, preacher, broadcaster

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