Sunday, June 8, 2014

The LORD Dispersed Them

Together, man and woman were to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion”—as they walked with God, living by every Word that proceeded from His mouth and breathed the life of the Holy Spirit into them. That is, God dispersed them to live according to His “will ... on earth as it is in heaven.” [The Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer]

But this heaven on earth they were given wasn’t good enough for Adam and Eve. They only wanted the heaven. They were not content to be in the image of God, they aspired to become their own God, to rise above the earth out of which they were created, and which was to be the place where they were to live with God and received everything they needed to have life and have it abundantly.

Ever since this fall, man has been trying to raise himself back up into the heavenly places again. We see it in our OT lesson today. “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:3-4

Did you catch that last part? ”Lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

This is in direct rebellion and disobedience to God’s good Word in the beginning. Man was created and meant to ”be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”

To hear and/or read the entire sermon preached for the Feast of Pentecost, “The LORD Dispersed Them,” click on this link.

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