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The Tower of Confusion (9 of 34)
We are coming to the fourth division of the first section of the book of Genesis. Genesis divides itself into two great sections. The first eleven chapters have to do with the human race in general. The remaining chapters, 12 to the conclusion of the book, have to do with the Hebrew race in particular. We will study four great lives as we move into these final chapters of Genesis. We will study the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
In the first eleven chapters of Genesis, which give us the history of the human race in general, there are four great historical events. This is the fourth one we will consider this evening.
The first great event is the creation, which explains who we are and where we came from. The second great event is the fall, which explains why we are and the reason for our fallen nature. The third great event is the universal flood, which explains God's attitude toward sin and also God's attitude toward sinners. We see God's attitude toward sinners in the destruction and judgment that came with the flood. We see God's attitude toward sinners in that God provided an ark and made it possible for all who would to get into the ark to be spared from the judgment.
There is the creation, the fall, the flood, and the fourth historical event is the building of the tower of Babel, which is the substance of our study this evening.
When you read about this tower of Babel you read about man's attempt to unite in rebellion against God. We know that man has come out of the Garden of Eden with a fallen sinful nature. We know that the flood has come and now Noah and his family have come off the ark. We made the sad discovery that Noah brought the same fallen nature with him out of the ark that he carried with him into the ark. We see fallen nature.
Now we are going to see something that is rather dramatic and unusual. We are going to find an attempt on the part of mankind to org ...
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