Today’s reading is Genesis 11-12.
According to Sumero-Babylonian myth, when the god Marduk defeated the goddess Tiamat, created the earth and heavens from her body, and then became king of the gods, the gods built a tower for him as a throne and sanctuary in Babylon. We have read how the descendants of Noah who were supposed to spread out over the earth decided instead to gather in one place and build a tower in order to make a name for themselves in Babel in the land of Shinar (which became Babylon). Do not miss the comparisons and the contrasts between these two accounts, because the Israelites would certainly have caught them. In Genesis, it was men who built a tower, not gods; after all, there were no other gods. In Genesis, they did it to make a name for themselves, not to honor Marduk; though this may be a commentary on doing something to honor non-existent, false gods–in the end, the only one truly honored by the worship of false gods is the person doing the supposed honoring. After all, he is only worshiping what he made up and therefore is worshiping himself. But the big lesson the Israelites would have received from the real account of this event is Jehovah stopped the construction of this tower, confused the languages of men, divided the peoples and therefore, Jehovah is God and King. He is God of gods, Lord of lords, King of kings. There is no god, either of the Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, or Romans, neither Marduk, Molech, Baal, Zeus, or Jupiter, that reigns above Jehovah because there is no other god but Jehovah. He governs in the affairs of men, therefore, we should put Him in the beginning of all our affairs. Praise Jehovah, our God and King!
Tomorrow’s reading is Genesis 13-14.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I want to encourage you to pay attention to Abram. He is a great example for us. He struggles at times with his faith in God’s protection and plan, but in the end he truly relies on God. He is a great motivator to me to keep on keeping on even when I’m struggling to understand or when I stumble and fall. I don’t have to give up. I can keep putting God back in the beginning because that is what Abram did and God blessed him.
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