“That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the speech of all the world. It was from that place that He scattered them all over the earth.” —Genesis 11:9
This chapter ends the introduction to Genesis. The 11-chapter introduction is not primarily about creation but about the origins of the chosen people through the patriarchs. It concludes with the peace and harmony of creation having been reversed into the pride and confusion of Babel. Because of sin, death was gradually taking over the world. When sin and death first entered the world, people lived close to a thousand years. At this point, our life-span was cut by one-half to two-thirds.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for eternal life instead of ever worsening death.
Promise: “Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and brought them out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to the land of Canaan.” —11:31