Genesis 11: Tower of Babel

June 11, 2023 ·

People had one language and decided to build a city to reach the heavens. However, God intervened by confusing their language and scattering them. The lineage from Shem to Abram is as follows: Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Rau, Serug, Nahor, Terah, and Abram (along with his brothers Haran and Nahor). Haran had a son named Lot, but unfortunately, he passed away. Abram married Sarai, who was barren. Terah’s family, including Abram, initially set out to live in Canaan but ended up settling in Haran instead.

Key Verse: 8. So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

My thoughts: This chapter marks the end of the proto-history section of the Bible (with the possible exception of Job) and signals the beginning of the patriarchs, starting with Abram, who later becomes Abraham.

Despite verse 6, I do not believe that God halted the construction of Babel because He felt threatened. Instead, He intervened to humble the people who had grown excessively proud. Even after the flood and Noah, the world once again became filled with sin, as people sought personal glory rather than giving glory to God. God was punishing the people for their actions.

Early on, it is revealed that Abram’s wife, Sarai, was barren and unable to have children. The fact that Sarai eventually conceives a child only through God’s intervention could be seen as a statement that the descendants of Abraham were, in a sense, children of God. They would be considered descendants of God rather than descendants of the sinful people who constructed Babel.

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