Friday, October 12, 2018

We will rebuild!

Have you ever noticed how people will always use the phrase, “We will rebuild!” after every natural disaster? Even those whose homes were located right at the edge of a cliff, or on an oceanside beach, or in a city that’s actually below sea level, such as New Orleans? “WE WILL REBUILD!”

It seems the hearts of men never change!

Isaiah 9: 8 Adonai sent a word to Ya'akov, and it has fallen on Isra'el. 9 All the people know it, Efrayim and the inhabitants of Shomron. But they say in pride, in the arrogance of their hearts, 10 "The bricks have fallen, BUT WE WILL REBUILD with cut stone; the sycamore-fig trees have been chopped down, but we will replace them with cedars." (CJB)

Malachi 1:4 Edom says, "We are beaten down now, but WE WILL COME BACK AND REBUILD THE RUINS." ADONAI-Tzva'ot answers, "They can build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Land of Wickedness, the people with whom ADONAI is permanently angry. 5 You will see it and say, 'ADONAI is great, even beyond the borders of Isra'el.'" (CJB)

And speaking of men building and planning without first consulting YHWH, remember this story about the Tower of Babel? This seems to be the origin of different languages on earth….

Genesis 11: 1 The whole earth used the same language, the same words. 2 It came about that as they traveled from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shin'ar and lived there. 3 They said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them in the fire." So they had bricks for building-stone and clay for mortar.

4 Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth." 5 ADONAI came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 ADONAI said, "Look, the people are united, they all have a single language, and see what they're starting to do! At this rate, nothing they set out to accomplish will be impossible for them!

7 Come, let's go down and confuse their language, so that they won't understand each other's speech." 8 So from there ADONAI scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 For this reason it is called Bavel [confusion] - because there ADONAI confused the language of the whole earth, and from there ADONAI scattered them all over the earth. (CJB)

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