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God's Purposes Trump Human Pride    Gen. 11:1-9, 27-32    Jan. 06, 2008

Do you ever stand amazed at how God works to accomplish His purposes? I certainly do! Sometimes I try to figure out how He will accomplish a particular feat, and many times when He works He does it in a manner beyond my wildest imagination. There are times in history and today when human pride gets in the way and seems to make God's will humanly more difficulty to accomplish. This produces the situations where, God's Purposes Trump Human Pride.

1. God's Purposes Trumps Human . . Plans. 11:1-4

 A. God Trumps Human . . Ascetic Plans. 11:1-2
1 At one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary. 2 As people migrated from the east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.

 B. God's Trumps Human . . Architectural Plans. 11:3-4
3 They said to each other, "Come, let us make oven-fired bricks." They had brick for stone and asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

    The people in our text chose a place of ascetic beauty for their civilization. Today on some occasions men choose the most ascetic places for their dwellings. It seems they think they have arrived because their homes become the talk of the town. They may even be on the television program called, "homes of the rich and famous." In verse four the people wanted to make a name for themself with their architectural plans. But the one who made the heavens and the earth is not impressed. God can thwart mans plans and make great confusion just by confusing the tongues so the speech become unintelligible. That had to be a humorous scene.

2. God's Purposes Trump Human . . Perspectives. 11:5-7

A. God Trumps Human Perspectives Through . . Superior Power. 11:5-6
5 Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, "If, as one people all having the same language, they  have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

B. God Trumps Human Perspectives Through . . Speech Problems. 11:7
7 Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another's speech."

    On many occasions our perspectives concerning live differ from those of the Lord. Because of His superior power our perspective many times seem to limit what He will do. God knew what the people in the text were planning and He must have smiled, because He knew His superior power would not allow them to succeed. Would you have though of stopping the peoples plans simply but causing a speech problem? What a simple solution. Then and now people some times think they can accomplish their most cherished plans but never seek God's preferences or wisdom.

3. God's Purposes Trump Human . . Populating. 11:27-32

A. God Trumps Human Populating Through His . . Family Trees. 11:27-29
27 These are the family records of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran fathered Lot. 28 Haran died in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans, during his father Terah's lifetime.  29 Abram and Nahor took wives: Abram's wife was named Sarai, and Nahor's wife was named Milcah. Shewas the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.

B. God Trumps Human Populating Through His . . Family Touch. 11:30-32
30 Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran's son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they set out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32 Terah lived 205 years and died in Haran. HCSB

    In my opinion the male ego brags, and projects more pride about their families than do the ladies. I do not have any proof for my opinion but it is my observation. As you read the listing of the family members it would seem Terah might posses great pride in his family tree.  He does not seem to recognize God has a plan for this family and will chose Abram to bless all the nations of the world. What might God do with your family? I must confess to pride (I hope properly held) for my children and grandchildren. All of our families need the a family touch from God. I desire for His touch on all of my family. Wouldn't we all think it would be great to acknowledge His family touch on all our children, and grandchildren? I will have a funeral this week and I wonder how much the deceased really desired God's family touch. His touch obviously makes a difference for we know, God's Purposes Trump Human Pride. Amen? Amen!