The Scattering of the Peoples (Gen 11:1-9)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

Now we arrive at one of the most famous episodes recorded in the book of Genesis, and one of the most important moments in the history of creation. Secular historians dismiss it as myth, but archaeology has proven this account correct time and time again. And yet, we don’t depend on the discipline of archaeology to make the case for us. We depend — we must depend — upon the word of God. It’s Genesis 11 and the Tower of Babel, a passage which explains why there are so many languages in the world. It helps explain why there are so many differences in people in the world. But more than that, it speaks to a great and tragic commonality all men possess: inherent sinfulness. In Genesis 11 we again see the inherent sinfulness of man and the mercy of God.

It’s also important to remember, beloved, what we looked at in our previous study. Genesis 10 was written with the events of chapter eleven in mind, giving us details about where different families went, where they were spread out. We were also introduced to Nimrod, son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah, who essentially became the world’s first king or emperor. He established his kingdom at Babel, and although he is not named in the passage we’re about to read, he kind of hovers over it given what we learned about him in chapter ten. So let’s get into it. Genesis 11, this evening reading verses 1 through 9… Continue reading “The Scattering of the Peoples (Gen 11:1-9)”