Watch this overview video on the Genesis 1-11, which breaks down the literary design of this section of the book and its flow of thought. In Genesis, God makes a good world and commissions humans to rule it, and then they give in to evil and ruin everything.
Welcome to your new Bible reading plan! Reading the Bible is a great place to start if you want to grow in your faith and deepen your relationship with God. However, it can be intimidating if you are new to reading the Bible. Don’t worry, though – plenty of resources and tools are available to help you get started, including the SOAP Bible study method.
By following these steps, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and how its teachings can impact your life. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Bible App, you can do so right here. Click this link to begin the One Story that Leads to Jesus Bible reading plan. Our Compass staff, including Pastors Brian and Matt, will also engage with these posts and leave comments. Feel free to join the conversation and share what you are learning with the rest of our Compass community.
“Are they going to trust God’s definition of good and evil and live under His blessing or are they going to choose autonomy and define good and evil for themselves?” This is the explanation for sin, suffering, and evil in the world. God gave us the dignity of a choice…our greatest power…but we went astray and walked our own way. And the world has been claiming to be able to define good and evil for themselves ever since. No wonder we are where we are in America today! BUT…God is good and His rescuing Savior can heal and forgive!
It is easy for us to look at a story like the Tower of Babel and objectively see how foolish they were being for trying to attain the status of God. But, how often do we do the same thing? The people were so focused on being equal with God that it became a foolish mission for them. I was reminded today that I need to put God in his proper place as the leader of my life and focus on following Him.
That point at the end of the video is so essential for understanding those first 11 chapters of Scripture. Humanity was created in God’s image, but we are continually fooled by that serpent’s claim, that there is something lacking in us and that we must attain it in order to be like God. When we believe that lie, that something is lacking in us, the way we see reality begins to skew. What’s worse, we begin to define good and evil according to our own terms rather than God’s terms. The point simply, then, is to recognize those things we are substituting for God. Once we can identify that, we identify the root of the problem, and we can begin to identify how our sense of right and wrong has been skewed by sin and by the world. The people of Babel needed to recognize that their upward ascent to heaven was a false idol rather than a God-honoring goal. When we can identify that root, we capture major clues as to how our view on reality has been altered from God’s design.
The videos that introduce each day share insights I never knew. There are no words to adequately describe my awe of God as the author of the Bible, life, and our rescue story. Thank you so much for sharing the Bible Project plan!
Such a pattern of blessing, messing, rescue…
There are so many “Towers” we are wrestling with now. What is mine?