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The Tower of Babel

Genesis 11

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Opening Prayer

Family Ties (Genesis 10)
    What humans were left after the flood to rebuild civilization?
      Genesis 8:18
    With all humanity descending from this small group, what is described after the flood story?
      Genesis 10:32

    Who descended from Noah's son Japheth?
      Genesis 10:1-2
    Where do we see that Japheth's descendants would stretch so far geographically?
      Genesis 9:27

    Who descended from Noah's son Ham?
      Genesis 10:6
    What further details are we given that gives background for the Tower of Babel story?
      Genesis 10:8-12
    What other son of Ham was important to the Israelites?
      Genesis 10:15-19
    What had Noah said about the lineage from his son Ham?
      Genesis 10:25

    Who descended from Noah's son Shem?
      Genesis 10:21-22
    How did Arphaxad become important?
      Genesis 10:24

The Ziggurat of Shinar (Genesis 11:1-4)
    When does the Tower of Babel story take place?
      Genesis 11:1
    Where did this story take place?
      Genesis 11:2
    What did they decide to build?
      Genesis 11:4
    What were the building materials?
      Genesis 11:3

Sin Number One (Genesis 11:4)
    What is the first reason that the people decided to build this ziggurat?
      Genesis 11:4
    What sin were the people guilty of?
      Proverbs 29:23
    What is pride?
      Funk & Wagnalls
    When is pride okay?
      Galatians 6:14

    Is it wrong to build a tower or tall building?
      2 Chronicles 14:2, 5, 7
    What kind of tower should we desire?
      Proverbs 18:10

Sin Number Two (Genesis 11:4)
    What was the second purpose of building the ziggurat?
      Genesis 11:4
    How did this oppose the command God had given Noah?
      Genesis 9:1

The Judgment (Genesis 11:5-8)
    How effectively were the people able to build a tower that reaches to the heavens?
      Genesis 11:5
    How did God respond when He saw what the people were doing?
      Genesis 11:6
    What was the danger of a unified humanity at this time?
      Deuteronomy 8:17
    What did God do in judgment of this sin?
      Genesis 11:7-8

God's Place and Time (Genesis 11:9)
    Why is the Ziggurat of Shinar called the Tower of Babel?
      Genesis 11:9
      Babilu - Akkadian for
      balal - Hebrew for
    When did all of this happen?
      Genesis 10:25
    How random was this scattering?
      Acts 17:26-27

The Grace (Genesis 12:1-3)
    How did God respond in grace to this incident?
      Genesis 12:1-3
    How did the fulfillment of this grace give us an example for our lives?
      Philippians 2:5
    How did Jesus' goals contrast with those of the Babylonians?
      Genesis 11:4
      Philippians 2:6
      Philippians 2:7
      Philippians 2:8
    How did Jesus' rewards contrast with the Babylonians' judgment?
      Genesis 11:7-9
      Philippians 2:9
      Philippians 2:10-11

The Great Reversal (Colossians 3:11)
    When will this dispersion and separation be completely reversed?
      Revelation 7:9-10
    Have we experienced any of this reversal yet?
      Colossians 3:11
    When did this begin?
      Acts 11:15-18

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?
      Genesis 9:1
      Acts 1:4
    How well did both groups follow their instructions?
      Genesis 11:4
      Acts 1:12, 14; 2:1

    What names rallied the groups together?
      Genesis 11:4
      Acts 1:21-22

    Who tried to reach whom in each story?
      Genesis 11:4
      Acts 12:2-4
    Who came to see what was going on?
      Genesis 11:5
      Acts 2:5-6a

    How were languages used to show the power of God?
      Genesis 11:6-7
      Acts 2:6-8
    How were the nations affected?
      Genesis 11:8
      Acts 2:9-11

    How did the understandings of each group differ?
      Genesis 11:3, 6
      Acts 2:12
    Did these understandings result in the groups being scattered or gathered?
      Genesis 11:9
      Acts 2:38-41

    How did God's purpose for scattering differ between the two groups?
      Genesis 9:1
      Acts 1:8

Closing Prayer

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