Today we're going to read through a passage of scripture that can be very confusing. We're going to dive into the story of the tower of Babel.
Find a comfortable seated position. Take a 2-3 drops of Patchouli in the palm of your hands and rub together. Close your eyes and cupping your hands over your nose, take a few deep breaths. Massage any oil left on your hands onto the back of our neck and chest. Take a moment to just breathe. Settle into the space you're in. Read Genesis 11:1-9. Read it again. Read it as many times as you need to. Sit in this until you can't sit any longer. When you're ready, move in any way your body feels it needs movement. Then take a few Sun Salutations. If you need a visual, there is a video at the bottom of this post. Move with intention and try to connect the movement of your body to the rhythm of your breath.
Sun Salutation: Standing Mountain, Forward Fold, Plank, Take a gentle backbend (Baby Cobra, Full Cobra or UpDog) Childs Pose to DownDog, Step forward to Forward Fold, Mountain.
Genesis 11 opens with a group of people who say, come on guys lets build up a city and a name for ourselves. The problem with this is that it's in direct contrast to everything that God has instructed since the Garden. So here we go again. Sin, the broken condition of the human heart that desires glory and recognition over the creator of all things, sets out to claim glory for itself.
Friends, everything we are, everything we have is a gift from God. Within us is built the desire for worship. God has made himself evident in all things so that we may know him and see him and worship him and him alone. But we, broken by sin, end up spending that worship on ourselves and it stops with the gift and we begin to believe that we have somehow earned those good gifts. And we miss the full joy those gifts are supposed to bring.
Matt Chandler says it so much better.
Now, I know that this is very contrary to what most of us have learned, so let me do this. I’m going to rip off for you 35 texts of Scripture, and I want you to see if you can pick up on a theme here. Ezekiel 20:5-9 says that God did not destroy Israel in the desert for the sake of His name. Psalm 106:6-8 says, “Yet he saved them for his name’s sake.” So, why are men saved? For the name of Christ, for the namesake of God, that He might make known His mighty power. Exodus 14:4, 18 says that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened for the glory of God. 1 Samuel 12:19-23 says the beginning of the Israeli monarch was about the glory of God. Psalm 25:11 says, “For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.” Psalm 23:3, if you live in the Bible Belt, everyone in this room has a bookmark or a coffee cup with the 23rd Psalm on it, and it says, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” 1 Kings 8:41-45 says Solomon dedicates the temple for the glory of God. 2 Samuel 7:23 says Israel became great and powerful among the nations for the glory of God. Isaiah 48:9-11 says God does not destroy Israel when they deserve it because He did not want His name blasphemed among the nations. In Malachi 2:2, He decides to destroy Israel because they would not lay it in their heart to give glory to His name. John 17:4; 7:18; 4:34 says that Jesus’ life and ministry was about the glory of God. John 12:27-28 says the cross of Jesus is about the glory of God. Ephesians 1:3-6 says that you and I are saved to the praise of His glorious grace. 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Peter 4:11, Matthew 5:16 says that the Christian life is about the re ection of the glory of God off of our lives into the universe 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 says the second coming is about the consummation of the glory of God. Revelation 21:23 says the consummation of all things is that God might be praised.
This is the story of the Bible, not you, not me, God, God alone, God’s name alone, God’s glory alone, God who is deep in riches, God
who is deep in wisdom and knowledge, not you and me. And I could take these 35 verses and plug in 35 more verses because this is the message of the Bible. God and God alone stands as supreme. There is no court you could complain to, there is no high court that you could argue with Him in. He and He alone is God and has created all things for the glory and exaltation of His name. Which means God gives us the gift of sex, and it’s a great gift. Now, He did not give us that gift however so that joy might be consummate in the act itself, but rather in the gift given to us, we might be overwhelmed by the goodness of God within it and that it would create worship towards Him in it. Or God gave us...and we could go on and on and on here...God gave us food and wine, not so we could guzzle it down and gorge ourselves on it, but rather as we took a bite of good food or we took a sip of great wine, something would occur in the deepest parts of our soul where it didn’t terminate on that but rather went deeper than that and there was an awe and a joy resulting in worship of God’s name.
So you see, outside of an understanding of God like this, everything becomes surface. Everything from dinner to sex to marriage to kids, it’s all shallow, it’s all trivial. But when you understand the driving force behind everything, all of a sudden there’s an immense amount of joy because everything we do is carried into a deeper level. This lines us up with how things are and how things that were created to be in the universe as it functions.
So today let's examine our motives. Why are we doing what we're doing? Are we trying to make a name for ourself or a name for God?