Stop. Don't Settle. (Genesis 10 - 11)
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Episode 108 · 3 months ago

Stop. Don't Settle. (Genesis 10 - 11)

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We've got to stop building a "safe" life all about ourselves and pursue what God has designed for us. Don't settle outside God's plan.

Today we finish our series through the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis. Can you believe it? You made it through all this time and I hope that it was, um, a good example of what it's like to look at a large section of scripture altogether. Um, sometimes, and you know this, I know this, sometimes you just need one verse right, like that's all you need, and sometimes it's just one word. I just need a word. I'm gonna hold onto that word and I'm never not gonna let go of that. But it's also good to look at larger chunks, larger sections of the Bible of what God has to say and just see in a large way what God is saying, and I hope that you've seen some of that through the last six weeks. Next week we kick off a five week series that I'm calling an action series. Um, basically, I'll talk about that in one second. But then after that I want to tell you that we are going to be spending a significant chunk of time again going through another large portion of scripture called the book of First Timothy. So if you want to start reading the head, that's where we'll be for a bunch of weeks in the fall. It's all about fighting for authentic faith and it's a it's a great book that we're going to dive into and dig into and see what God has for us. But next week, I told you, there is something that we're kicking off called the action series. Basically, what I want to do is I invite everybody every week to come to first step, right and many of you have been there at one point in time and then you know you haven't been because you've moved on to second and third and fourth step. There's four different steps and they happen after the service, but what we're gonna do in this series is I'm gonna bring them into this service so that it's at the forefront of all of our minds, so that we can all do it together. And the big thing about these steps is that they're not just things that you go to, but there places where there's people that will help you take your next step, God's next step for your life, and so we're gonna talk about what those steps are and we're gonna encourage you, challenge you, motivate you to take those steps and to do that. And so that's what you can look forward to coming up in the coming weeks. But one more thing that the book of Genesis, through this six UH weeks that we've been in this book, has hopefully been helpful to you with, is that these are foundational versus foundational chapters and like this is the solid basis that God has has built this world and, hopefully, you know, we're building our lives, we're building our church on these things that they have to be true, they have to be solid, they have to be steady if we're gonna build anything of meaning on top of them. And so no wonder why the world likes to attack these main beginning chapters of genesis. You know, we find everything, basically in these first eleven chapters. We find creation, we find and God, we find sin, we find the devil, we find grace, we find justice, we find all of these things. And so if it gets attacked like crazy, because if you have a skewed view of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, you most likely have a skewed view of the rest of the Bible. And so we want to be sure that we have a solid foundation on which we are building our faith and building our lives. And so today we're gonna be wrapping up the series in Chapter Ten and chapter eleven, and so if you have your Bible, you can turn with me there. We're gonna START IN GENESIS CHAPTER ten, which is another genealogy text that you skip over when you read through the Bible. I know you do, and I do too, right, because why would you read this? But it's the record of the first family that moved on or or lived after the flood, when they came out of the boat. And here they are, their three sons of Noah, Japeth, shamp and...

Ham, and they say, like what happened to them? Right? So J FEF, their descendants, became the seafaring people's that spread out to the various lands, each identified by its own language, clan and national identity. It's telling us like these are nations that are happening, their seafaring people, these are people that went, you know, far away. They spread out and they expanded and they filled the earth. And this japest line, which is fascinating because Noah told Japet that that's what his descendants were going to do, that they were gonna have a large territory. So that's J ff. Then there's sham, that's the other brother we're gonna talk about him a little bit later today. He uh, Noah told him that may the Lord, the God of Sham, be blessed and May Canaan be his servant. And so sham is the line from which we would eventually get Abraham, and from Abraham we would eventually get Jesus. So this is like God's chosen special line that he was gonna one day send Jesus into the the son Shem that got out of the boat with Noah. And then there is the last one, Ham, and ham is fascinating. Ham, he's uh like one of his sons is Canan. Canan's oldest son was sit on, the ancestor of the SEDONIANS. Canaan was also the ancestor of the hit tights, which, if you've never heard of the word hit tight before, that's all throughout the Bible. The fascinating thing is that they've never found any remains about the hit tights, like archaeologically, you know, in the Middle East. You know, they had never found anything and they're like, you know, the Bible made up this whole people group. They're doing all sorts of things. They're not. They don't even exist. Well, guess what like a hundred years ago, like relatively recently, right, they found hit tight remains and stuff, and so for like eight, nine hundred years, like this is made up, like the Bible made this up. This isn't real. We've dug around, we've looked for it. Right, a hundred years ago they found evidence of this civilization. You just keep looking and it's there. You'll you'll find it one day. So the hittites came from Ham, the jebusites, the Amorrights, the Gergeshites, the hivites, the archives, the Synites, the Irvidites, the samurits and the Hamites and, if you want to add to the list, the parasites, the cellulites, the back bites, the stalagmites and the stalagtites too. They all came from Ham. Then there was this guy, name or girl, I don't know, mirrors misrealm was the ancestor of the Luddites and all these other itites from whom the Philistines came. Now, who's the Philistine that you know? David killed one of these Goliath? The philistines were like the enemies of Israel, you know, they were ing all the time, and so Goliath was a Philistine, then one of Ham's sons, Kush. He was the ancestor of Nim Rod. Now, I spent a lot of time this week telling you about Nim Rod, or spent a lot of time this week learning about Nimrod, but I'm not gonna tell you all the stuff that I looked at because it's crazy. Like Google it right just like look at it. It's wild, like people come up with all sorts of amazing ideas of who this Nim Rod guy is. Like. For example, one of the theories is that this Nim rod guy is really the biblical figure of the Gilgamesh Character in the epic of Gilgamesh, which I referenced last week when the technology cut out and so you might have missed it because it wasn't online. Um, but the epic of Gilgamesh is about this guy named Gilgamesh who went to go talk to the guy who made it through the world old wide flood, and so there's some other similarities and they're like...

...that's probably the biblical character Nimrod, which is interesting. Um, they also think that maybe Nimrod was one of the Kings or the king of the Babylonian Gods, and so that name is Mar Duke, and so they're like Nimrod, whether he was like the first one, or he was the archetype or the stereotype or whatever. Um He he was the Mar Duke God. Like I said, there's so much that you could dig into about Babylonian History Babylonian gods. There's a lot in there, okay, but here's what the Bible says about Nimrod, that Nimrod was the first heroic warrior on earth and since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial. People would say this man is like Nimrod, the greatest hunter in the world. He built his kingdom in the land of Babylonia, with the cities of Babylon, Eric, a cat and Kalnay. From there he expanded his territory to a Syria, building the cities of Ninevah. Maybe you've heard of Nineveh and Babylon before Rehobeth er and Kala and resin the great city located between Ninevah and Cala. So I don't even know. There's a lot in there right. If you have made a city like you were the founder of a city, that's impressive. This guy supposedly is the founder of eight cities. I mean there's a reason. I think there's a lot of stories that have been passed down over the thousands of years about this Nimrod character. And these aren't like small cities, these are like major world powers. Babylon was a huge empire, Um Assyria huge world power, and so don't you think that these world powers have kept their own history? Like it's not just the Bible that tells us about them. Right, like they have found Babylonian historical documents that look like this. This one's called the Numa ellish, and on it it's just this little tablet thing, you know, and on it is the hill's history of the building of Babylon. And so, Um, this is what the Anuma ellish says about the building of Babylon. It's very similar to genesis chapter eleven. When Mar Duke, the God of the Babylonians, heard this, brightly glowed his features like the days, like that of lofty Babylon, whose building you have requested. Let its brick work be fashioned. Okay, remember, bricks, bricks. You shall name it the sanctuary. The anuchai applied the implement for one year. They molded bricks. When the second year arrived, they raised the head high, the head of the ESKIGLIA, equaling APSU. Now ABSU means heaven. Okay, so they're building this city, they're going up towards heaven, having built a stage tower, so like a Ziger, maybe you've seen, like a pyramid with steps, or like maybe the Tower of Babel, as high as absolute the heaven. They set it up in an abode for Mar Duke, the God, and Neil and a those of their Babylonian gods in their presence. He adored it with grandeur. Okay, that's what they found written on this little tablet from some you know, BC, thousands BC. That's what they found. So the Bible focuses on Genesis Chapter Eleven. It goes into detail about the building of Babylon, maybe of Nimrod, and so, if you have your Bible, I want to read this section and then we'll dig into it. Genesis Chapter Eleven, it says this. At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. As the people migrated to the east, they found a plane in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began...

...to say to each other, let's make bricks, remember the bricks and harden them with fire. In this region, bricks were used instead of stone and Tar was used for more mortar. Then they said, come, let's build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world. But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower that people were building. Look, he said, the people are united and they all speak the same language, and after this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse people with different languages. Then they won't be able to understand each other. In that way, the Lords scattered them all over the world and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages, and in this way he scattered them all over the world. Have you ever wondered why there's so many different languages spoken on this planet, so many different people groups? Right, you travel, you know, hours in an airplane and you get off and you won't understand a single thing anybody says how does that happen? How do how does that all happen? Well, this text genesis, the levins explains it. And there was a time on this planet that everyone spoke the same language and then God came down and said, okay, we're gonna change that. And so, because they change the languages, now people, you know, you couldn't communicate anymore, and so they huddled together, they grouped together and people that they could communicate with and they all kind of took their own section of the the earth. And when they did that, you know, they married, they reproduced and they their genetics, you know, adapted to the environment and all this stuff. And that's why you have all these different people groups that all look a little different and talk a little different and think a little different and believe a little different about all these things. Is because of this event, of this spreading out and and everyone looks a little different. But we celebrate that because although we might look different and talk different and think different and all this stuff, everyone is created in the image of God and we all have the opportunity to worship the same God and we all have the opportunity to be united in Jesus Christ, regardless of anything that is about their physical appearance and our background and anything like that, and that's good news. But think about for a second language. Okay, is anybody a study language here for a living? Not a linguist? I asked the Internet for some stuff this week and if I'd love to talk more about it. It's fascinating because when you asked the Internet, where did language come from? where? Where's the origin of language? I was surprised at the answer that I got wikipedia, which is the greatest source of all time. Right. They said that you can't know, so stop trying. Okay, that's what it says. It says there is a shortage of direct empirical evidence for this and it has caused many scholars to regard the entire topic as unsuitable for serious study. You can't know, so stop talking about it. Even in eighteen sixty six, the linguistic society of Paris banned any existing or future debates on the subject. So for the last hundred and you know, some years you're not...

...allowed to debate about it, you're not allowed to talk about it, right, I mean they generally follow that principle. Today, it's it's really fascinating. So if you know more about this and like to talk more. Um, let's do it sometime. But the Bible says it this way about language. It says at one time all the people in the world spoke the same language and use the same words. And as the people migrated to the east, they found a plaine in the land of Babylonia and they settled there and they began saying to each other this whole there for a second. Our world, wouldn't you agree, would be a better place if we actually talked to each other, like not just yelled at each other or talked about each other to somebody else or gossiped about them or right talked, like had a conversation with somebody, like our world would be a better place. And they began conversating with each other and they said, let's make bricks and harden them with fire. What an amazing right idea. And in this region bricks were used instead of stone and Tar was used instead of mortar, and they said, this is what they said. Come, let's build a great city for who, for ourselves, with a tower that reaches into the sky, and this will make who famous, US famous, and keep who us from being scattered all over the world. Who was at the center of their plans? They were themselves. Were ourselves, US, US, they were planning for us. Who is at the center of your plans? M You might not have used these exact words before, but this is probably what we've all thought many, many times. I'll build a life for myself with a well paying job that will make who famous, me famous and keep me from experiencing too much discomfort. You know, there's a book that was written that kind of contrasted these two perspectives on life, about God. The book is called there's a difference between dog theology and Cat Theology. Anyone have any cats? Would admit to having cats? Anyone have any dogs? Yeah, okay, so look, this is the difference between cats and dogs. Cats, the world revolves around themselves. Cats just do whatever they want, right, and their master exists to feed them food and clean their litter box. And that's the extent that cats care about you. Right, they don't. They don't care like when you come home after a long day, generally speaking, right, not all cats are like this and not all dogs are like it either, but generally speaking, you come home after a long day, you open the the or you come in your cat is like in the corner sleeping because that's what he wants to do. And whenever he feels like he'll come around and he'll come and say hi, but he he's doing it on his own schedule. He's doing it, she's doing it on his own routine. Like that. Cat is in its own world. The world, the earth, everything circles around the cat. The cat's gonna do its own thing. Now a dog, as our dog lovers know, is very different, right. The dog exists to serve the master, to love the master, to be with their master. And you know your home, you're, you're, you're, you come home after a long day, you open the door, the dog comes and greets you and gives you a hug and licks your face and you know this is just there to celebrate your home. Yeah, I'm so excited. We're gonna have so much fun. We're gonna play together, we're gonna be together the dogs, like I love you so much, mum. It's very...

...different than a cat. And you can live like a cat if you want, a fat cat, life might be cozy for you, but you're gonna miss out on the life that God wants you to live, because we were all designed to serve and love our master God, to lift the name of Jesus high in everything that we do, in the way that we parents and the way that we work and the way that we even drive or goost shopping for groceries and the way we eat our meals. Like all of these things, everything that we do should be to glorify God and not ourselves. And the reality of life is that we almost always live to glorify ourselves. We always ask, how does this benefit me? How does this help me? How does this set me up for success? Me, me, me, me, me right. That's how we live our life. But the Lord came down to look at the city in the tower that the people we're building now. We don't know exactly how the Lord came down. Maybe it's a metaphorical language of him, you know, coming down, but maybe maybe he physically like showed up there. Because when Jesus was born, like and we celebrate our Christmas time, that wasn't like when Jesus started existing. He existed forever, and so when God shows up in a human bodily form, it, you know, that's the pre existence of Jesus before he was born, and we celebrate on Christmas. So maybe, maybe that's what happened, and he came down to look at the city of what the people were doing. What does God see when he looks at your life and what you're building? I think he cares very much about it. Like when he if he came down today, okay, and he met you and he said, I'm gonna come over to your house for dinner tonight. I'm just gonna look around. What's he see? What's He see in your house? What does he smell when he walks in the front door? What's he see as decorations on the wall? What does he see the way that it is laid out? What does God see? I mean he might not physically do that tonight. Most likely won't, right, but he's there and he cares and he he sees what you're doing. And so this is what God saw. He he said, look, the people are united and they all speak the same language and after this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them. What a promise or what a statement? Come let's go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won't be able to understand each other. And this, right looks like judgment, they won't be able to understand each other. Right. But their motivation, these people that were building the city, building this tower, it was all about themselves. It was all about their own glory, not about giving glory to God, not about doing good for other people. And so it might look like a curse, but really this confusion of languages was a blessing. It was God's saying like, look, this is not good for you, like you cannot live this way. I told you to fill the earth. Go and do it, like I'm gonna make you do it one way or another. Why? Why would you build a big tower right out of all the things they could have built? Why would they have built this big tower towards heaven? Probably because that the flood wasn't too long ago, right, and they probably knew people that were living at least maybe a generation or two removed, and so if they could build this tower high enough, then they would be safe from the waters. If odd wherever to do that again, or the earth would ever decide to...

...do that again, we think that, you know, we can build our life in such a way where nothing is gonna touch us. We don't need God to save us. We don't need that miraculous boat, that whole thing. We don't need God to shut the door, like we can do it ourselves. We can just build a tower high enough, we can build it safe enough. We we don't need all that stuff. So it was a blessing that God spread them out to fill the earth. And there's a lot of different, unique perspectives about God's design on this earth. Right, every person is unique and and created differently and it gives us a different window into who god is, because we're all creating in his image and all that stuff is great, but it's also kind of hard, right, when everybody is so different, everybody talks different and thinks different, and I think that's why Jesus tells us to pray for. What. What does Jesus want us to pray for? John Seventh, I think it's seventeen. Pray for unity, like oneness, to be one, as as I am one, Jesus says, and that's certainly something to strive towards because as we know that our world, our earth today, is not one. It's it's divided into many different things. People, groups, divided about everything, divided about language. That's a big thing, right. They used not only the same language, as most of all of us speak English, right, but sometimes our words mean different things between people. Right. You ever had that happen before? You said something and they're like, why did you tell me that? And you're like, well, that's what it is, and they're like, they understood it completely different than you. Right, that's that's a challenge and we have a lot of that in our world today with social media, with the personalization of everything. Right, you get to see and hear everything that you like and agree with, m and that's just what you see and you just see it and you take it in and you give it out and you take it in, and that's the algorithms that they've created for us to live in, and it's just creating these like echo chambers, they call them. Right, that's just like this is all that I see, this is all that I see, and everything outside of that is wrong and evil and bad, and this is, you know, all that I see. And so like like big powerful words, like what do they mean? Like what does it mean to love? Right, you ask one person that question and you ask another person that question and you get completely different answers. Or what about marriage? WHAT'S MARRIAGE? What about WHO's God? What about what's the best thing that we can do to serve people? Depending on who you ask those questions too, they interpret those words very differently than what maybe you're asking it and you'll get two vastly different answers. That's what makes language so difficult, it makes the vision so difficult and we're always fighting and will never accomplish anything. But, like, look again at what they said. Right, the people are united. Okay, so they didn't have those problems. They were united, they all speak the same language and because of that, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them. That's that's crazy to think about, right. Like, when a group of people are united, it could be for really bad things. That's why things are really bad in certain areas. Right. They're very evil, they're very horrible, they're very bad because a couple of people got together and said we're gonna be united in this purpose and watch out. Right. But if that's true about that, then it's most likely also very true about using that unity in a very positive sense. Like...

...if a group of people like maybe this one, per se, came together and was united in language, united in purpose, united in mission, then there is nothing that we all set out to do, that will be impossible for us. Do you think that's true? You're like taking it in right, really? I think so. Right, like I think that when a group of people, a movement of people, are united with the same language, same purpose, then nothing will be impossible for them. So we're like, when we talk about reaching people who are far from God and seeing them come to faith in Jesus, like, is that possible? Everybody said yes, right. When you want to help people grow in their faith and get connected in authentic relationships, is that possible? Yes, it is. When you want to help people discover and develop their spiritual gifts and abilities and use them to serve one another, is that possible? Yes, it is. When you want to discover and develop leadership abilities and pass on what God has given you to somebody else and bring it along. Like can that happen? Yes, it can, yes, it can. If we use the same language and move in the same direction, then nothing is impossible. But that's a big if. Like that's the that's the challenge that we're living in the middle of. Right, because it says in that way, the Lords scattered them all over the world and they stopped building the city, and that is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages and in this way he scattered them all over the world. We live in a world that is scattered, we live in a world that like that's not the reality of that that you know. We're not all speaking the same language, we're not all united and purpose and mission, you know, and that's what makes it challenging. So I want you to see it in the Tower of Babel story this point. Stop making life all about you, stop trying to build yourself a perfect life. Stop it, just stop it. Realize God is looking at you and he's visiting your workplace, he's visiting Your House, he's visiting you when you drive in your car. Like what are you building? Right, build for God. Life is not all about you. Stop making life all about you. This is also a fun note Um here that like, I don't know how long I just talked for, but a lot of genesis ten and eleven like almost has literally nothing to do with you. Right, like, like when you read the Bible, you're like God is gonna speak to me, like that wasn't about you, it wasn't about me. It was about what God was doing thousands of years ago, when the beginning of language and time and and sure it was written for us and we can learn a lot of it. We can see God and understand it all. Just because it's not written to us doesn't mean we disregard it. But we have to realize that the world doesn't revolve around us. God didn't write the Bible for you and for me right, like we're not the direct recipient of this letter or these books. Like God is doing something so much bigger in our world, so much bigger in our universe, in the history and all of this stuff, that we're just a little piece of it. We can't think that everything revolves around me and just because you know nothing specifically said about me today, that it's like God wasn't there...

...and God didn't care about that, and you know whatever. Al Right, stop making life all about you. It's not. It's not about you. So so stop doing that. But don't settle. Stop, don't settle. That's my title, that's the topic. That's the thing I want you to remember today. Stop, but don't settle. Stop making life all about you, but don't settle somewhere where God doesn't want you to be because after the Tower of Babel, you know, stuff happened, right. He chose God, chose one guy, Abraham, the descendant of Sheem, who got out of that boat and he said I'm gonna work directly with you and through you, I'm gonna send the Savior and transformed the world. And so in Chapter Eleven, Genesis, Chapter Eleven, versus ten through, we read about SEM's descendants. I won't read those for you, I can't pronounce all of the words. And then in verses through thirty two, we see Abraham's family, Abraham's father. I'll read those for you. Genesis Chapter Eleven, starting in verse. This is the account of Terra's family. Tera was the father of Abraham, the whore and heron, and Heron was the father of lot, but Herron died in her of the Chaldeans, which is like that Babylonian area, modern day Iraq, the land of his birth, while his father Tara was still living. Meanwhile, Abraham and the whore are both married and the names of Abraham's wife was Sarayan. The name of the Horn's wife was MILCA. Milka and her sister Ishka were daughters of the Horse Brothers Heron, but Sarah was unable to be to become pregnant and had no children. And one day Tara took his son Abram, his daughter in law, Sarah I, his son Abram, Abram's wife, and his grandson lot, his son Heron's child, and moved away from her of the Chaldeans, and he was headed for the land of Canaan, the Promised Land, but they stopped at Heron and settled there and Tara lived for two hundred five years and dial died while still in Haran. So where are you heading in your life? Like maybe God didn't tell you to go and move to the promised land, but he told you to do something, to head somewhere, to go in some direction, and God told you like just go there, and you knew like if you did that, if you obeyed him and you showed up and you went and you did all that you could do to get there, that like it was gonna be good, that God had his best in mind for you. But you might have stopped like midway right, you might have never got there all the way to where God wanted you to be, and you never finished it for some reason. And that's like sort of what's happening in Tara and Abraham's story, because God told Abraham to go to this promised land and Tara like got up and they started going and he stopped and they settled somewhere where God didn't want him to be. So why did he stop there? We don't know. The text doesn't tell us. Have you ever walked into a room and you forgot what you were there for? Or is that just me? Right, you go into the kitchen, you're like, Oh, I forget, I forget why I came here. Right. That's how I envisioned Tara and his family right there on their way. They're they're getting there and...

...then it's like, oh now, what now, what are you supposed to do? For you know what am I supposed to do? So I think it's incredible that Abram and Tara they left in the first place because they were born in this place. And this is what Joshua tells us. This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says. Long ago your ancestors, including Tara, the father of Abram and the horror, lived beyond the Euphrates river and served other gods. That's what they did, that was their background. They served other gods. This was their hometown, this is where they grew up, this is where they were comfortable with, this is where they had all their ancestors, this is where they had all their history, this is where everything was, and they were chose to move from there. That's really hard to do. Not only are you leaving like all of the company stuff, you're leaving your gods too, and God, the Real God, the true God that chose him as like, I'm gonna be your God now, you're gonna follow me, we're gonna go and do this together. I'm gonna make you the father of many nations. And if you're a follower of Jesus today, you serve other gods. At one point in your life too. You might not have been a pagan, you know, a little idle thing that you worshiped, or it could have been, but all of us serve other gods, other things that we turned to first, other things that we run to, other things that we invest a lot of time and money and energy into wards because we think that it's gonna provide for us and give us safety and security and satisfaction and comfort. Right, we all have those things. But then you learned about Jesus and the power of the Gospel and you, your life was changed forever, sort of like Abraham, right, you used to serve other gods, but now you're following Jesus. And the writer of a Bruce, chapter eleven, Verse Eight, says by faith. Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive an inheritance. He went out not knowing where he was going. God said Abraham, come go, go this way, and Abrahams like, I don't know where I'm going, but I'm gonna Follow You, God, and that's you know, we're walking by faith. And his father went with him. But Abraham is the father of many nations, Abraham is the father of the faith. And Abraham's Dad, who's Abraham's Dad? Right, he missed out on it for whatever reason. Right, he didn't make it and maybe her heron literally means a caravan route. So we know Abraham was very wealthy. I'm sure his father was double triple wealthy. You know, they had lots of stock, all this stuff, and they're traveling, they're going through and maybe they found a good place, good for business and just settled right along the river. They could trade up and down the river. They found a good spot and they settled there. So, as we finished our time in genesis eleven today, I just want to challenge you to consider. Don't settle somewhere where God doesn't want you to be. Don't settle there. Do all of what God has called you to do. Go all the way, don't don't go halfway, don't go a step into it, go all the way into it. Maybe for some of us that's baptism. You're like, I put my faith in Jesus a long time ago. Have you been baptized? No, why not? I don't know. That was like thirty years ago. I don't really think I should do it now. Right, like take that step, like go, go all in, all, all the way. Don't settle where you are, just go in.

...or or what about serving in the church? You're like, Oh, at one point I was like so involved and I did all this stuff and that was that was really cool. But like now I just haven't. I gotten out of the routine of it. I've gotten out of the swing of things. I'm in this like Nice, comfy place and it's fine. You know, go all in all the way. Make It all the way? or or what about, like what how you spend your money? How you understand your money? Like maybe at one point you felt like God was like you need to be generous, you need to like, you need to do it my way, you know, be generous, and you started going in that direction and then you were like, I don't know, I like it the way that it is, I'm comfortable the way that it is, and you just stopped. Maybe it's a step forward in the right direction and that's amazing, but it's a still a mediocre place of where God really wanted you to go. So that's what I mean when I say stop, stop making life all about you and don't settle. Don't settle somewhere where God doesn't want you to be, and that's genesis ten and eleven. Let's pray God, thank you so much for your word. Thank you that we can read these ancient words today. And Lord, as as we talked about they might and they might not all be super applicable to us right now. But, Lord, I pray that you would just increase our view and our understanding of who you are, of your power and your glory. And Lord, I pray that you would forgive us when we make life all about ourselves, when we think that you exist to serve us, when we think that life is all about us. Lord, I pray that you would forgive us and just say, God, we don't want to live that way. We want to live for you, Jesus. We want to glorify you, Jesus, we want to lift your name high, we want to make your name famous, we want to build our life according to who you are and lifting you up as high as possible. And, Lord, if that means we got to go to the opposite direction and we're not famous, nobody knows our name, that's okay. That's what it's all about. So, God, help us to do that, help us to follow you, and we ask your blessing upon it in Jesus name. Amen. Amen.

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