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First Word: The Babel Tells Me So (Genesis 10 – 11)

In today’s episode of First Word, we look at what is called the Table of Nations before moving into the Tower of Babel. These chapters mark a division between the earlier focus on humanity as a whole, and Abraham’s story specifically. In the story of the building of this tower, humanity was seeking a a sense of power and permanence. However, that seeking of permanence and unity, apart from the bond of God ultimately leads to division. Their attempt to construct this tower is a seeking after glory that is reserved for God alone. The way to receive a name is not by grasping at it or constructing great monuments, but rather by pouring ourselves out and losing our lives in the identity and name of Christ.

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Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).