Today we read about the tower of Babel where pride leads the people to build a tower to reach the heavens. The Lord then confuses their language which scatters the people across the earth accomplishing His command to Noah and his sons; “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth”. (Genesis 9:1)
Ten generations after Noah, the Lord calls Abram, a descendant of Shem’s, to leave his home with his wife Sarai and head to the land of Canaan and “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. (There is one problem, Sarai is old and barren.) So Abram, at the age of 75, departs with his wife Sari and his nephew Lot. When a famine hits the land Abram goes down to Egypt and he did what????😱 Ok ok, so he made a poor decision and pawned his wife off to Pharaoh to cover his own neck but surely he learned from this terrible decision and never does anything like this again! Or does he? 🤔 We will find out in a couple of days…keep reading but don’t worry, Abram is on a faith journey just like the rest of us and the Lord is using everything to grow him into Father Abraham! (Did y’all notice how God totally protected Sarai when her spouse made a really bad decision? He is good like that and we can trust Him!)
Lastly we read that Lot and Abram have to separate bc of their vast amount of flocks, herds and tents. Lot chooses the land in Sodom. Some time after, Lot and his stuff were taken when surrounding kings invaded Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram rescues Lot, all the other people and their goods. On his way home Abram meets Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High. Melchizedek blesses Abram and Abram gives him a tithe. Later in the Story, Jesus will be compared to Melchizedek as one who is both Priest and King and who enters the Story with no genealogy. (Hebrews 7:3) But a lot happens in this Story before Jesus comes on scene so keep reading!
(Genesis 11:1-26, 1 Chronicles 1:24-27, Genesis 11:27-14:24)