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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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We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.