Bible Stories for Adults
The Tower of Babel
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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Family Ties (Genesis 10)
What humans were left after the flood to rebuild civilization?
With all humanity descending from this small group, what is described after the flood story?
Who descended from Noah's son Japheth?
Where do we see that Japheth's descendants would stretch so far geographically?
Who descended from Noah's son Ham?
What further details are we given that gives background for the Tower of Babel story?
What other son of Ham was important to the Israelites?
What had Noah said about the lineage from his son Ham?
Who descended from Noah's son Shem?
How did Arphaxad become important?
The Ziggurat of Shinar (Genesis 11:1-4)
When does the Tower of Babel story take place?
Where did this story take place?
What did they decide to build?
What were the building materials?
Sin Number One (Genesis 11:4)
What is the first reason that the people decided to build this ziggurat?
What sin were the people guilty of?
What is pride?
Funk & Wagnalls
When is pride okay?
Is it wrong to build a tower or tall building?
2 Chronicles 14:2, 5, 7
What kind of tower should we desire?
Sin Number Two (Genesis 11:4)
What was the second purpose of building the ziggurat?
How did this oppose the command God had given Noah?
The Judgment (Genesis 11:5-8)
How effectively were the people able to build a tower that reaches to the heavens?
How did God respond when He saw what the people were doing?
What was the danger of a unified humanity at this time?
What did God do in judgment of this sin?
God's Place and Time (Genesis 11:9)
Why is the Ziggurat of Shinar called the Tower of Babel?
When did all of this happen?
Babilu - Akkadian for
balal - Hebrew for
How random was this scattering?
The Grace (Genesis 12:1-3)
How did God respond in grace to this incident?
How did the fulfillment of this grace give us an example for our lives?
How did Jesus' goals contrast with those of the Babylonians?
How did Jesus' rewards contrast with the Babylonians' judgment?
The Great Reversal (Colossians 3:11)
When will this dispersion and separation be completely reversed?
Have we experienced any of this reversal yet?
When did this begin?
Revelation and Unity from Dispersed Confusion (Acts 2)
How did the command to God's new people in Christ contrast with that to His original people?
How well did both groups follow their instructions?
Acts 1:12, 14; 2:1
What names rallied the groups together?
Who tried to reach whom in each story?
Who came to see what was going on?
How were languages used to show the power of God?
How were the nations affected?
How did the understandings of each group differ?
Genesis 11:3, 6
Did these understandings result in the groups being scattered or gathered?
How did God's purpose for scattering differ between the two groups?
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