Saturday, November 21, 2015

Homiletics: Genesis 11:1-9


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

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1
Now whole world  had 1 lang/common speech
2
2
As ppl moved east, found plain in Shinar/settled there
3
3a
They said: “come let’s make bricks & bake them thoroughly”
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3b
used brick instead of stone, tar for mortar
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4
 “let’s build city w/twr to heavens, make name 4 selves or be scattered over earth”
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5
L came down to see city/tower ppl bldg
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6
L: if as 1 ppl spkg same lang they begun do this, nothing they plan be imposs for them
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7
Let’s go  down, confuse lang so they not understd ea other
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8
So L scattered them over all earth & they stopped bldg city
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9a
That’s why called Babel bec L confused lang of whole world
11
9b
From there L scattered them over whole earth

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
11:1-2
The whole world had one language, moved eastward, found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
Principle:
When we disobey God, we get into trouble.
Settling gives us time to think thoughts we should never entertain.
2
11:3-4
They said let’s make bricks, build city and tower and make a name for ourselves or we’ll be scattered.
Principle:
Seeking to make a name for yourself is disobedient to God’s Word.
3
11:5-9
The Lord confused their language and scattered them over the earth.
Principle:
God’s plan will not be thwarted.
We can obey or we can be forced into compliance.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

At Babel, God confused the language and scattered the people.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God’s instructions are sovereign and willing obedience is less painful than forced compliance.

 

Application:

1
What are the benefits of common speech?
What are the drawbacks of common speech?
What would have been the benefit of continuing to move eastward rather than settling in Shinar?
How has a common language and the presence of others gotten you into trouble?
2
What are you building?  Is it for your kingdom or God’s?
Are you working to build God’s reputation or yours?
Are you looking to make God famous or yourself?
What are the benefits of being scattered?
What are the drawbacks of being scattered?
3
Why did the Lord decide to confuse the language of the people?
What is the Lord instructing you to do?
How will you be obedient to that instruction?

 

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