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Transquotation: Genesis 11:4; 11:7-8

14 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Verses:

People talking:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)

God talking:

Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. (Genesis 11:7-8)

Transquotation:

Then we said, “Come, let us build ourselves up. Let us work with labor and work into the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves.”

Come, go down and there save them from themselves, so that they may not destroy themselves.” So the LORD sent His son down to save them.

Explanation of the transquote:

… Should I repeat what I said yesterday? I’m starting to feel a little like a broken record at this point. – With that out of my system:

These people who trying to build for themselves a tower which would reach into the Heavens. This, as with all shadows, finds its fulfillment in the New Testament; where the Jews were trying (and failing) to work their way to Heaven, then God sent His son (came down to Earth to stop their effort) who proceeded to die for them and us.

People who attempt to work for salvation often don’t realize it, but the reality is: they’re minimizing God. They’re saying,

“No, you can’t save me. You aren’t good enough to do that.”

FYI: You don’t want to say that to God almighty. — God sent His one and only son to save us; not so that we could give Him a look and then start building our tower. Now, yes its true, the Bible does teach that faith without works is dead, etc. And that’s true! Someone doesn’t really have faith if they don’t have works. The thing most people don’t understand though, is that our works come from our faith. As James said:

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)

James could show people his faith by His works, because his works came from his faith. He showed everyone that He believed in Jesus, by what he did for everyone for Jesus (to build Him up and give glory to God). As Peter puts it:

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:3-7)

Now then, onward and upward towards the confirmation bit:

New Testament confirmation:

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:4:7)

Context confirmation:

And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. (Genesis 11:3)

Again: trying to work their way to the Heavens (there are technically three: the sky, space, and Heaven; where God lives). Supporting, I suppose, that people will in fact try to work their way to Heaven if they believe they have the ability. However, our perception of our ability is often off by a couple of light years (sorry… Bad pun) and thus we end up believing we can do a considerable amount more than we actually can.

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:9)

In other words: God came down to Earth and stopped mans attempts to work for his salvation. Granted, the way he did it varies between back then and when Jesus died for us. But still, there can be no doubt there’s a connection.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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