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  The Great Bible Story #9
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From chaos to faith

Jacob Ninan
As people increased in number and became several small nations on the earth, they still spoke the same language. God thought that if people felt comfortable about themselves and their situation even while they were away from Him, they would never think of turning to Him. One day a group of people started building a tower in a place called Shinar, aiming to make it so tall that it would reach into the sky and get them a name and fame. God stepped into that situation and confused their language in a supernatural way so that different people began to speak in different languages which others could not understand. There was so much confusion there that the place itself began to be called Babel (meaning confusion). It was from this place that the nation of Babylon came up later. Naturally, people who spoke the same language grouped together, and moved and settled down in different places on the earth.

People soon began to forget God. Even though the elders passed on some stories about the creation of the world, the flood and such events, people did not connect well with God through them. Over a period of time these stories themselves got distorted, and people began to make idols representing their own concepts of God. Some began to worship the elements of nature such as lightning, wind, sea, river, etc., of which they were scared and which they tried to appease, and some others created stories about supernatural beings. They forgot the Creator and began to worship created things and creatures of their own imagination.

Among the descendants of Shem, son of Noah, was a man called Abram. His father's name was Terah. Abram was also one who worshipped idols in a family of idol worshippers. His wife's name was Sarai. In His sovereign plan for the restoration of man to Himself, God chose this man Abram to start a new work after His attempts with Adam and Noah had failed. He called Abram to come away from his family and his native place, promising him to take him to a place He would show him. With this short acquaintance Abram had with God, he became willing to obey Him by leaving his parents, home and hometown and start his journey towards the Promised Land, even though he did not even know where it was! This is the man who trusted in God so much that people later called him the father of faith. At this time, Abram's nephew Lot also joined him and Sarai as they started on his journey. Abram and Sarai did not have any children at this time.


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