[6] The Peoples Divided
Steve McKenzie

Series: Story of God
Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9
Preacher: Steve McKenzie

Sermon Summary

In today’s sermon, we explored the profound truth that God’s instructions are designed for our flourishing and joy. We delved into Genesis 11:1-9, the story of the Tower of Babel, to understand the consequences of mankind’s disobedience and God’s merciful response.

We began by recognizing that God’s desire for humanity is to experience the fullness of life He intended. He created a world that was good, providing nourishment, safety, and purpose. God’s instructions are like railroad tracks, guiding us to live in a way that leads to flourishing. However, when we choose to deviate from these tracks, we face destruction and despair.

The Tower of Babel narrative illustrates humanity’s defiance against God’s command to spread out and fill the earth. Instead, they settled in one place, seeking to make a name for themselves and to reach the heavens without God. This act of rebellion was a direct challenge to God’s authority and design for human life.

In response to their disobedience, God confused their language, not out of insecurity or fear, but as an act of mercy. By scattering humanity across the earth, God prevented the intensification of their collective sinfulness. This dispersion was a means to protect humanity from the destructive path they were on, redirecting them towards God’s original intention for their lives.

Throughout the sermon, we were encouraged to reflect on our own lives, to identify areas where we might be resisting God’s instructions. We were reminded that God’s commands are not burdensome but are given out of His love for us. When we face the reality of our need for God, we can find true security and joy in His presence.

As we concluded, we were called to trust in Jesus Christ and His instructions for our lives. We were urged to let go of any doubts about God’s goodness and to embrace the life and eternal purpose He offers. In doing so, we find that God does not withdraw from us in our brokenness but draws near, offering redemption and wholeness through Jesus Christ.

Key Takeaways:

– God’s instructions are not meant to restrict us but to lead us to a life of joy and flourishing. When we view His commands through the lens of His love and desire for our good, we can embrace them as the path to true life. [07:46]

– The story of the Tower of Babel serves as a mirror to our own hearts, revealing our tendency to seek independence from God. It challenges us to examine where we might be building our own ‘towers’ and relying on our own strength instead of trusting in God’s provision. [18:31]

– God’s intervention at Babel was an act of mercy, not punishment. By confusing the languages and scattering the people, God was protecting humanity from the consequences of their unified rebellion. This demonstrates God’s ongoing commitment to our well-being, even when we stray from His will. [29:10]

– The central message of the gospel is that God came down to us in Jesus Christ. In our rebellion and striving, we cannot reach God on our own. But in His grace, God has come to us, offering salvation and a restored relationship with Him. [33:34]

– Our legacy is not about making a name for ourselves but about reflecting the glory of Jesus Christ. As we live our lives for His fame, we find that our true worth and purpose are found in Him, not in the fleeting recognition of the world. [20:29]