“Making a Name for Yourself” – Genesis 11:9

Genesis 11:9

“Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.”

Many people seek to be famous in their own world, but when we start out on our own or “grow up” we barely have a name. We can’t borrow money because we have little credit in our name. Our resume might consist of a few summer jobs, a diploma, and three references. So, how can we ever make a name for ourselves to build a better future, and what do we want that name to say to others? What I am getting at is that our name is our reputation. It is what we are known for, so we must seek a good name right from the start.

This text reveals people who wanted to make a name for themselves. They wanted a name that was popular and powerful, but God did not want them to have that name. He did not want that name because they would build that name without Him. Building a name without God doesn’t seem bad until you look back at Adam, Cain, and the Flood. These men and events proved that the earth could not sustain life without God.

So, this time, instead of sending another flood, God confused their languages. He essentially made it impossible for the entire earth to be united around one human agenda. As a matter of fact, the only complete unity that will ever happen is when Christ unites us in heaven.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:  
  • What are some ways that people try to make a name for themselves? 
  • Where do you think the balance is between “making a name” and making sure His is the name above all names in your life? 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams
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