Monday, December 17, 2012

My Thoughts on Weekly Bible Reading ~ Genesis 10-11 Part II

As I read the story of the Tower of Babel, I must admit.... I don't really understand it.  I do not read any clear explanation as to why it was 'wrong' to build the tower.  I do not know exactly what God was so concerned about.

Honestly, it isn't like they would actually get that tower built up to heaven and storm the gates.

I do however notice some real similarities between those who built the Tower of Babel, and those who are 'building' our society today.

All the people gathered together to dwell in one place, the valley of Shinar, to build their city and the infamous tower.  While there are now 7 billionish people in the world today, a majority of them have gathered together into the cities.

All the people spoke one language and joined together to accomplish their goal.  The world population today speaks many languages, but we are moving closer and closer to having a global economy, a global government and very likely some manner of a global language or even Babelfish to translate anything on the spot for clearer communication.

And.... perhaps this is the real crux of the matter.... all the people were doing what they 'the people' wanted. The world today is full of people who do what they 'the people' want.

They are not concerned with what God wants.

The people, then and now, are concerned with only their own desires and wishes.  They join together for a sense of security, they build systems that depend on each other for their needs.  And they 'forget' the Lord.

Deuteronomy 8:11-17 says,
11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'

Each family no longer grows their own food, depending on the Lord for the rains in their season, no longer working the land to build fertile and healthy soil.  They now go to grocery stores, stocked by menial laborers, supplied by lowly transporters, from subsidized, mono-culture, genetically modified, pesticide laden farms.

Each family no longer maintains their own health, relying on the biblical values of healthy living, working for your food, using the God given medicinal herbs, and believing in the word when it says, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord," in James 5:14.  They now go and pour out money to men with the titles of "Doctor" and "Pharmacist" and fill their bellies with pharmacological potions and chemicals with more side effects than benefits.

Each family no longer secures their own safety, being courageous, brave and maintaining a righteous and humble lifestyle so that the Lord Himself will defend them.  They now lay down all their singular freedoms and pay extortion fees to any government official that asks for it, with minimal promises of 'protection.'

Each family no longer works for their own at all.  Each man and woman is expected to leave the home most days and labor in those menial service jobs around their cities, and earning fake money printed on paper, which they need to buy all those meaningless trinkets and entertainments advertised on any and every surface. Each child is expected to attend public, government schools, learning how to be the next generation of good drones that never question the status quo but continue to slave away for mammon.

I think... perhaps the Tower of Babel was not in itself the problem at all.  But the hearts of the people, which were turned in ANY direction but towards HIM.

2 Samuel 22:31 says,
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

And Psalm 4:5 says,
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-7 says,
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

The good news today is.... It is not too late.... RETURN TO HIM! COME OUT OF BABYLON!  COME OUT!!

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 says,
17 Therefore
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

And here we see the BEAUTIFUL promise for those that return to Him.

Deuteronomy 30
The Blessing of Returning to God
30 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5 Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
7 “Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8 And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today. 9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Choice of Life or Death
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”


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