Building His Kingdom

Parashat Noah
Beresheet (Genesis) 6:9–11:32

This week, we read the story of Noah, which I have written on in previous years. I want to focus this specific blog on some key verses that I believe are crucial for us as we seek a deeper understanding of this Scripture portion.

As we know from this famous account, God was fed-up by man’s rampant evil and wanted to “reset” His entire creation. Noah was chosen by God to be the one through whom God would accomplish this, through building the ark, and surviving the flood so that life could begin anew on the earth. At the end of the story of the flood we read:

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Genesis 8:20–21

Please notice a small, yet key point here: the first thing Noah did was to build an altar and offer sacrifices to the Lord. Once again, we see the need for a blood sacrifice as an atonement for sin, but also as a way of worshipping God. Another important point in these verses is that man’s heart is evil from his youth. This is important to understand, since as we continue to read the story, we read of the famous account of the Tower of Babel:

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:1–9

It’s incredible to me to see how even after the devastating flood, man still did not turn away from sin, but instead sought to exalt himself through constructing a tower, in order to make a name for himself and be in a position of control — i.e. an idol to worship! As we can see from verses 8 and 9, the consequence of this evil act was confusion and disunity. This is a very interesting part of our story since, from this point, God confused the languages of the whole earth as well as scattered the people. This leads me to a possible connection to the incredible occurrence in the New Covenant in Acts 2:1–12:

And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and marveled, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”

I want to suggest that this amazing account, which took place during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), connects to the account of the Tower of Babel. If in ancient Shinar, God confused the languages of the whole earth and scattered the people, then in Shavuot, we find that people from all over gathered together to worship God in unity, and that suddenly the Holy Spirit caused all those who scattered and spoke different languages to understand the words that were spoken!

Is it possible that during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), God redeemed that which took place in Babel thousands of years prior? Furthermore, is it possible that we find yet another amazing indication that people and languages were created for Him, to worship Him and to build His Kingdom? I suggest that yes, this was yet another moment of redemption as a result of Yeshua’s ultimate and final work of atonement.

I am so thankful; I hope you are, too.

Shabbat Shalom,
Moran

Parashat Noah
Beresheet (Genesis) 6:9–11:32

This week, we read the story of Noah, which I have written on in previous years. I want to focus this specific blog on some key verses that I believe are crucial for us as we seek a deeper understanding of this Scripture portion.

As we know from this famous account, God was fed-up by man’s rampant evil and wanted to “reset” His entire creation. Noah was chosen by God to be the one through whom God would accomplish this, through building the ark, and surviving the flood so that life could begin anew on the earth. At the end of the story of the flood we read:

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Genesis 8:20–21

Please notice a small, yet key point here: the first thing Noah did was to build an altar and offer sacrifices to the Lord. Once again, we see the need for a blood sacrifice as an atonement for sin, but also as a way of worshipping God. Another important point in these verses is that man’s heart is evil from his youth. This is important to understand, since as we continue to read the story, we read of the famous account of the Tower of Babel:

Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:1–9

It’s incredible to me to see how even after the devastating flood, man still did not turn away from sin, but instead sought to exalt himself through constructing a tower, in order to make a name for himself and be in a position of control — i.e. an idol to worship! As we can see from verses 8 and 9, the consequence of this evil act was confusion and disunity. This is a very interesting part of our story since, from this point, God confused the languages of the whole earth as well as scattered the people. This leads me to a possible connection to the incredible occurrence in the New Covenant in Acts 2:1–12:

And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and marveled, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”

I want to suggest that this amazing account, which took place during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), connects to the account of the Tower of Babel. If in ancient Shinar, God confused the languages of the whole earth and scattered the people, then in Shavuot, we find that people from all over gathered together to worship God in unity, and that suddenly the Holy Spirit caused all those who scattered and spoke different languages to understand the words that were spoken!

Is it possible that during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), God redeemed that which took place in Babel thousands of years prior? Furthermore, is it possible that we find yet another amazing indication that people and languages were created for Him, to worship Him and to build His Kingdom? I suggest that yes, this was yet another moment of redemption as a result of Yeshua’s ultimate and final work of atonement.

I am so thankful; I hope you are, too.

Shabbat Shalom,
Moran

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One Comment on “Building His Kingdom”

  1. Since I’ve been reading the teachings on Moran’s blog, I’ve received confirmation and great hope in a lot of things God has taught me throughout my life.
    It is so important to seek God with our whole heart and lean not to our own understanding , more then ever now , at this time in history when the whole world lies in darkness.

    My Feast of Weeks experience happened when I was 14 years old, I will never forget that day, how life and love entered into my being, how a strange language I could not interpret flowed from my mouth, replacing fear and sadness with love and joy into my very heart. I did not have a Bible. I remembered some stories about God from when I was a small child but I had never heard of the Holy Ghost. I didn’t know about the book of Acts.
    But one day while I was alone , God opened my mouth and His spirit ( words) entered in. He would later begin to teach me about the meaning of that experience, the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    Words matter. His word saves us.

    His word teaches us and allows us to conform to His will.
    His word teaches us about the tower of Babel to show us the futile wisdom of trusting our own words, reason and logic.. . (our own self god))

    That Feast of Weeks day for me was the beginning of a journey of learning to trust and obey him. I have to look to Him daily as I believe in His Name to lead me into the heavenly promise land. We are sanctified by the washing of water of the word.

    A “ religious teacher “ once told me that I was “saved” and that God already did all the work . Those words did not resonate with me . Something was lacking. I needed to hear the whole truth. ( My sheep hear my voice . Another voice they will not hear.)
    I knew it was finished and that He paid an enormous price for my salvation. He did ALL the work. He died a horrific death so that we might have eternal life. But God’s Spirit ( perfect judgment) taught me that I’m BEING saved and not to presume upon his grace. This is why I know that He is doing a work in us as we learn to trust him more and more until He completes the work He has begun. That’s why we must die daily as Paul said.
    As the years have gone by He has taught me the need to abide, to trust Him and submit to His Spirit, and to desire to fear His Name.
    God’s word tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and by coming boldly to the mighty throne of grace for help we need to overcome our weaknesses.
    After the flood , when humanity had determined to implement such a foolish plan at the Tower of Babel , ( joining together there own thoughts and becoming self sufficient in their minds) God became wroth and thought to destroy all of humanity from the face of the planet
    But God changed His mind. He repented!
    He put into place a plan to return man to his perfect standing with God. So He confused their speech, and thwarted their self destructive plan.
    Then the people were scattered all over the earth. Then God called out one man , Abram , who believed God.
    Abram (father) knew there was only one True God.
    God chose him to teach his household to walk by perfect faith ( be Ye perfect even as I am perfect) God changed Abram’s name to Abraham ( father of many nations) many people from all nations who have perfect faith in God’s word.
    God wants us to change our minds ( natural) – to change the way we think, to be born again (spiritual birth – supernatural ) by the washing of the water of the word so that we can have perfect judgment ( the embodiment of faith, hope and love)
    We are a work in progress at the hands of a loving Father. He only wants the sacrifice of our lips. (prayer- giving every thought and situation to Him) as we learn to trust Him, by faith in His Name, to lead us into the heavenly promised land , the New Jerusalem …..

    For My Name is in Him. exodus 23:21

    I believe that God led me to Moran’s blog to give me encouragement in a time when Gods Word In truth is all but non- existent in the religious organizations of man.
    Moran , I hope and pray that God will continue to guide and use you in a mighty way .

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