Friday, January 15, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 11

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 11. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

11:4 – name – reputation, fame, renown.

The tower of Babel was built so the people wouldn’t be scattered over all the earth. This is in direct conflict with God’s instruction to Noah and his sons in 9:1 – to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. “The occurrences at the tower of Babel resulted in nations, races and languages – in a word, division. Therefore, at this point in history, God began to set apart one people through whom to bring forth the Messiah.” (A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place – Moore)

11:7 – another hint at Trinity. “Come let us…” This is also funny because God is mimicking the very words used by the people to disobey Him in v. 3-4.

11:29 – Sarah means “princess”. So does Sarai. Sherrilyn Kenyon says Sarai means “argumentative” according to “The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook”, p. 155. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

Sarai was also a popular name among devotees of Ningal, consort of the moon god, worshiped in her native Assyria. (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

11:31 – Abram settled in Taran.

“The centuries have reduced prosperous Ur to ruins, with one prominent object left standing: a ‘pyramid-like brick tower, or ziggurat, built in tribute to Sin, the moon god.’ Naturally, Abram and Sarai had to turn their backs on Sin to follow God.” (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs)

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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