Monday, February 12, 2018
Read : Genesis 11:1-9; 12:1-9
Thoughts from: Chris Ghubril
And just like that God continued His creative work and created a diverse culture and peoples. Just 11 chapters in, mankind is already doing the total opposite of what God created us to do: multiply and subdue the earth. Man had multiplied but refused to subdue the earth. Rather we fancied ourselves to be greater than God and wanted to show our might by building a big structure and ruling the earth from a literal ivory tower. God, not wanting to go back on His promise to Noah to never again flood the earth and kill all of humanity, graciously scatters humanity around the globe and creates the gift of language.
Scattering humankind puts into action the very things that would have happened naturally if we would have followed His command originally and filled and subdued the earth. God gets creation back on track with this gracious act of scatter. God wanted there to be many nations so that He can have His nature reflected through the beautiful mosaic of diverse creation. He always intended the nations to be unified through the seed of Abraham.
It is no coincidence that the creation of the nations is only one chapter before the promise of redemption for all nations. God’s great plan has always been to have humanity creatively and uniquely reflect Him. Collectively humans from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds reflect God’s nature and image. No individual culture can adequately reflect the glory of God to creation. It takes the diversity of Image Bearers to reflect God. In one gracious act, God helped humanity better reflect His character collectively. In Babel God confused our languages, and at Pentecost God translated the gospel. He affirmed the cultures and ethnic backgrounds that were created in Genesis 11, and points us forward to Heaven where we see every tribe, tongue, and nation worshiping the Lord (Revelation 7:9-12).