I found it curious and yet significant that the story of Abraham would be the very next story after that of the Tower of Babel.
How significant that the story of a man, who dwelt in tents, would follow after the story of man’s failed attempt to build a city and a tower for themselves and for their own glory.
“Come let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name.” - Genesis 11:4
These people, who sought to make themselves great, were scattered by God.
And then God chose to make a man great, Abraham, by His own divine will and power.
They sought to build a city and a tower for their own fame.
But God chose Abraham and said that through him all of the FAMILIES of the earth would be blessed.
“I will make your name great; and so you will be a blessing… and in you all the FAMILIES of the earth will be blessed.” - Genesis 12:2-3
And why did God choose Abraham?
Why did God choose to make Abraham great?
Maybe this verse could shed some light on that:
“I know him, (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement…” - Genesis 18:19 (KJV)
Man is most often in the business of building TOWERS, becoming important and FAMOUS, but God, the Father, is in the business of building FAMILIES and PEOPLE.
For Abraham, life was about family.
Yes, he had his own set of dysfunctions, but for Abraham, building a family that would follow God, was preeminent.
Abraham was not in the business of building a name for himself.
His desire and heart was for family.
Thus the agony that he and Sarah felt in being childless for so many years.
What is the first institution established by God?
Not even the church.
It was the family.
God put Adam in the garden and then brought him Eve.
Man keeps trying to build towers.
But God keeps steering us back into the business building people within the context of family.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide,do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” - Isaiah 54:2&3
And then came His Son, Jesus.
God didn’t send an administrator.
God didn’t send a general.
He sent His Son.
And He, Himself, was stretched to the right and to the left and His hands and feet fastened with stakes to a cross so that He could dispossess Satan of the souls of men.
Jesus said, “Go make disciples of all nations.” - Matthew 28:19
While we keep trying to build towers upwards, God, the Father, is wanting us to build outward.
God, the Father, is wanting us to stay low.
Like a tent.
God didn’t destine us to build towers.
God destined us to make disciples.
To build His family.
God’s heart is for us to spread outwards.
Babel vs Abraham
Towers vs Tents
God loves people more than anything.
For His fame and glory.
Not for ours.