In Genesis, chapter 10, we learn about the generation of Shem, where a man named “Peleg” was on the earth when the earth was divided. It reads, “and unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.” (Genesis 10:25) Many people speculate on what this may mean. Was the earth all of one landmass and then divided into continants at this time? People ask this question. This is fascinating to think about, which could be true, but as we read in the next chapter, the earth being divided makes total sense. This story begins with the tower of Babel. It reads, “and the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:1-4) So these people thought they could build a tower that would evently reach heaven, but God was not having any of this.
It was at this time that God did not want the people to become one, lest they put their minds together and do everything they imagined. It is for this reason that God and his angels came down and took these people and scattered them on all the faces of the earth. They may have once had the same language, but it was at this time that their languages were changed. This is why we have all the languages today like English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and others. This story continues and reads, “and the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:5-9) So with all the people groups today, Jesus died for them all. We are all worthy to be saved, no matter the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the country we live in. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us to never become one with people and things in this world, but only become one with You and the people of God. I do not wish to corrupt my mind and my heart with anything that may appear good when it is really evil on the inside. I give You praise and honor and do not wish anything that is corrupt to seep into my life, in order to make me unclean. Therefore, I ask that You make in me a clean heart and a clean spirit. Make Your home in my life, while also removing anything that is contrary to Your will. Lord, I know that many people throughout the globe have addictions and bad habits that keep them from coming to You completely. They pray a prayer because they feel a need to because of a church service or what somebody has said, but then they go about doing the same things as they have always done. Nothing really changes, for they have forgotten what really matters most in this life and it is Your presence. What we can obtain because of money and wealth only lasts for a moment. This life is so short, but what we can do for You lasts outside this life and into eternity. My desire is to live this life and the next for You in Your kingdom. Make a home in me now, that when temptation does come I will be ready to fight it off quickly, that it will not take root in my heart or my life. I give You everything. You the my God, Jesus, and I worship You. I love You, lord. Amen.