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Family Devotion Week of May 30, 2016

Gen 11:9 Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Monday

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Gen. 9:7   But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it.”

Gen. 11:1   At one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary. 2 As people migrated from the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.

The remarkable sin of man is that, even after the flood, which was a huge warning against sin for Noah and his descendants, it turns out that we are no better after the flood than we were before. The human condition is just like it was with Adam and Eve. They will decide for themselves what is best. A child, left unsupervised long enough, will find themselves in trouble. We must cling to the only authority, sustainer, and counselor; the Shepard that will provide a guiding light for our path. It is in our nature to wander and lust after things of this world. So we must not worship the things of this world but the creator of the world.

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling 'darkness' on the wall of his cell. – C. S. Lewis

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Lord, help us stay on the path of righteousness and not wander into darkness.  



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Tuesday

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Gen 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Take a moment to reflect upon this question: Do you need God? 

Notice the language of independence in v. 4, “Let us build…Let us make…” The builders believe that they are self-sufficient and that they do not need God. As the text continues, we read that they built a city and a tower. They choose security (a city) over filling the Earth (Gen 9:7) and the praise of self (tower/ziggurat) over the praise of God. 

Think back to the question, “Do you need God?” Most of you (hopefully) would quickly affirm that you need God, but what if I asked if you live your life in a way that reflects your dependence upon God? Or do you live your life like the builders in v.4 – self-sufficient apart from God?

As many have learned and later taught, you don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” —Tim Keller

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Lord, You are all we need. Give us strength to trust and depend upon You.  



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Wednesday

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Gen 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

God’s will for us is not that we find our joy in being praised, but that we find our joy in knowing and praising Him. His will is not that we find our security in cities or buildings, but in God whom we gladly obey. When we chase after fame and fortune we only find confusion and despair. God loves us and knows what is best for us. His mercy will not allow any achievement that we pursue for our own glory to rob us of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 3:8 

8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

“May our Lord’s sweet hand square us and hammer us, and strike off all kinds of pride, self-love, world-worship, and infidelity, so that He can make us stones and pillars in His Father’s house.” - Samuel Rutherford

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Lord, help us stay focused on You and not ourselves. 



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Thursday

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Gen. 11:5   Then the LORD came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The LORD said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

Literally, the Bible states that all (man’s) plans to do will not be withheld from them. This was the Lord’s way of stating that humanity had refused to live within the sovereign boundaries set by the Lord God. We must understand that divine boundaries are life-giving not limiting, protective not restrictive, salvific not destructive. As followers of Jesus Christ, we find rest and comfort within the confines of the Savior. Still today God gives boundaries for us to glory in Him. For instance, the Lord designed sexuality as a gift to be enjoyed within the marriage context between one man and one woman (Eph. 5:22-33). Likewise, God gives (and also defines) us spiritual and biological boundaries that make us uniquely different as male and female (Matt. 19:4) with complementary roles, but equal worth. When we step outside of God’s boundaries in our lives, the road always leads to destruction, hurt, and confusion. May we find joy in His Word, protection, and boundaries. 

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Thank God for His boundaries of protection upon your life today.      



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Friday

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Gen. 11:8 So from there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

In Akkadian language (most likely what the people spoke in Gen. 11 and the language of surrounding nations in Mesopotamia) babilu means “gate of god” and in Hebrew Babel means “confusion.” This word play reminds us that what we often see as heavenly, if in our own strength, always leads to confusion. We cannot earn righteousness or salvation. The Tower of Babel is a stark reminder to lean into Jesus Christ as your source of strength. There is no gate to God other than Jesus Christ. Does your life feel confusing or chaotic? If so, maybe you are too busy building your tower of Babel rather than resting in God’s grace. 

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Lord, turn my confusion and chaos into purpose, hope, and trust in You and You alone today.  



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