February 19 – People of the Earth – Spread of Nations

Read Genesis 11:1-32

I remember signing up for Spanish during my freshman year of high school. My sister, being the smartest one of us, took 3 years of Spanish and was really good at it. Therefore, trying to follow in her footsteps, I signed up and entered the classroom on the first day of school. Our instructor, Senor Swartz, stood in front of the class and read through the syllabus in Spanish, only Spanish. Everyone had a look of confusion on their faces. At one point, I looked down at my schedule to make sure I was in the right class. After he finished, he said, “Oh, I should probably translate, right?” At that moment, I knew it was going to be a long year ahead of me.

After the flood, God’s instruction was to multiply and repopulate the earth and spread out into the world,  taking their influence and knowledge of Who He is with them. When the door of the ark opened on top of Mount Ararat, everyone on the earth was a follower of God, the only and Sovereign God. Everyone in that ark witnessed the great power of God in destroying the earth. What went wrong? First, the people didn’t take His command to heart because they stayed together in one place. Second, the builders wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower that was to reach into Heaven.  If they all were in awe of God, where did the idea to disobey Him come from?

As the tower was being built, God went down to see the progress. In verse 7, God says, “Come, let Us (Trinity) go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” A lot of the people could no longer understand each other so they left the tower half built and spread out in the world.

God didn’t create His gospel to be kept to ourselves. He wants everybody, even people around the world, to hear the good news and give their lives to Him. He wants the whole earth filled with the glory of His name. Our church takes this seriously because we are constantly sending out individuals, couples, and families into the world to touch the utter most parts of the earth with the hope of Jesus. Will you pray for the many people that are now serving overseas? Will you NOT keep quiet about who Christ is?

Link to our church supported missionaries: http://woostergrace.org/next-steps/missions/world-partnerships/ and pray for them.

Jake Lawson

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