When looking at the Bible we tend to look at it in pieces. We take a verse or a chapter and ask “how does this apply to me?” Well when reading the Old Testament answering that question can be rather difficult. The fact is, a lot of it doesn’t directly apply the way we would normally apply the NT. We have to work harder, dig deeper, and ultimately uncover the big picture plan of God. That plan was always to save a people for Himself, for His glory.
Human beings were created unique. They were created in the image of God. Church history has debated hotly on what exactly that means, but ultimately it’s agreed that we have a soul. This soul is one aspect that makes us different than the rest of God’s creation.
Adam and Eve were given a choice. Obey or disobey. Listen to the Word of God or do not listen. They willingly chose to disobey. The consequence was death; both natural and more so spiritual. In the midst of this dark day a promise arose. God promised someone to come from Eve that would bruise the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15). Man sinned on this day, but it was God’s plan to redeem.
Fast forward a few thousand years. Man is still sinning. In fact they are sinning bad. Gen 6:5 says, that every thought and intention of their heart was only evil continually. God says that He regretted making man. It was a very evil day. So what does God decide to do? Flood the earth, start over. Yet, there was a man, Noah, who was righteous before God. In the midst of sin, hope remained. God saved Noah and his family along with many of his creatures. He gave ample opportunity for others to repent (120 years), yet no one did.
After the flood, God established a covenant with Noah that He would never again flood the earth. Not only that but the Seed that was promised to Eve continued to live on. From Noah the line of Shem was taken to be the chosen line. God wants to dwell with Man.
One of the commands that God had given to man was to be fruitful and multiply. They were to spread to all the earth and subdue it and have dominion over it. In Genesis 11 we read how man again had rebelled against what God had commanded. They were attempting to make a name for themselves by building a tower to the heavens. They were failing to spread and subdue. Even worse they weren’t making the name of God known. So God chose to confuse their language and scatter them across the globe.
Immediately after this we read how God chose a man name Abram to bless. He was to give him a land, a people, and a blessing. In the midst of the confusion of language we see God promise a way to unite all people, through Him (the seed to come). The seed to come was to come from Abram’s offspring whom God promised to be as numerous as the sand in the sea and the stars in the sky.
We’ll continue to look at what happens next in the upcoming blogs.
How do we apply this? Well
1. It’s in man’s heart to rebel against God. We see that three times in the first 11 chapters of the Bible. Am I rebelling?
2. It’s in God’s heart to save man. God continually gives grace to mankind when it is undeserved. Praise God for this.
3. God’s plan was always to redeem a people for himself from all nations of the earth. Being a gentile this especially encouraging to know.