Upon exiting the ark, Noah’s family had been told to fill the earth (Genesis 9:1,7).
But here we are, just two chapters later, and folks are building a tower to heaven with two goals in mind (v 4).
- To make a name for themselves
- To not be dispersed over the earth
See the problem? God says, “Fill the earth.” The people say, “We think we’ll stay right in this one spot.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Let’s just say that the story ends with “And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of the earth” (v 9).
Then we have the lineage from Noah to Abram through Noah’s sin, Shem. We move through time several generations and we come to Abram and his nephew, Lot.
They are traveling from Ur to Canaan but settle instead in the land of Haran.
To be continued…