Jan. 5. Babel; Introduction to Abram and God’s Promise

Gen. 11:1-12:20

One of the characteristics of man is innovation. During the years after the flood, all men spoke the same language. God desires humility from His people, but pride led them to attempt to build a city with, “A tower whose top is in the heavens.”

This project was displeasing to God. He confused their language so they could not understand one another. This was the beginning of the diverse languages that we have on earth today. “Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

In carrying out His eternal plan to save man from his sins, God chose the descendants of Shem. A man, who was full of faith, would be special to God. His ancestry from Shem: Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah and ABRAM. Abram also had two brothers, Nahor and Haran.

Abram was born approximately 260 years after the flood. This would be between 1,900 and 2,000 years after the creation. Even with that much passage of time, all of Abram’s post-flood ancestors, including Noah were still living at his birth.

Terah’s home was in Ur of the Chaldeans. In time, Terah began a move with his family to the land of Canaan. Making this move with Terah were Abram; his wife, Sarai and Haran’s son, Lot. They moved as far as Haran and Terah later died there.

In time, God commanded Abram to leave his country and family and go to a land that He would show him. He made a bold promise to Abram, whose wife was unable to bear children. Among other blessings, God said, “I will make you a great nation…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Abram, through faith obeyed God and began a new life at seventy-five years of age. He gathered his possessions and servants and left Haran with his wife and nephew, Lot and traveled to the land of Canaan.

Because of famine in the land, Abram continued into Egypt. He was treated well by Pharaoh and amassed great riches. Through a series of events, he was expelled from Egypt.