The entire earth spoke one language, accent and expression. The people traveled to the east and settled in Shinar (Babylonia).
They made bricks and decided to build a city and a tower to the heavens to make a name for themselves. God came down and saw what the people were doing. He said “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6 – NIV)
So the Lord (3 in 1) decided to confuse their languages so they couldn’t understand one another and spread them all around the earth so that they would give up building the city.
The place was called Babel (Hebrew for confused/confusion).
- Why did the Lord confuse the people? I read somewhere that it was because they were arrogant and not respecting God. If they could do anything since they all could communicate, then that could have been dangerous for the earth.
Shem’s Family History (can be seen on Noah’s family tree):
Terah (a descendant of Shem who was Noah’s son) had 3 sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran died in Ur of the Chaldees but had a son named Lot. Terah was then responsible for taking care of his grandson.
Abram took Sarai to be his wife (God would later change their names to Abraham and Sarah), and Nahor took Milcah to be his wife.
Terah began traveling with Abram, Lot, and Sarai to Canaan. When Terah made it to Haran, he decided to settle there. He ended up dying in Haran, never making it to Canaan like he was supposed to.
- God told Terah to go to Canaan. Instead, Terah settled in Haran. We have to be careful not to settle like he did. It God places a dream in your heart, you have to know He will give you what you need to accomplish that dream – one step at a time. Don’t settle because things get tough, you can’t see the outcome, or you’re scared. Know that if God called you to do it, He will provide you with everything you need to accomplish it. Your first and main job is to have faith – let Him take care of the “how”.