The Apostle Paul told the young Timothy that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” Yes, that even applies to our very long passage from Genesis 10 and 11 this Sunday. It contains a great deal of genealogical information which you might want to dismiss as, initially, unimportant. But the truth is, it has a great deal of theological significance and is applicable to every generations from that time until Christ returns. It effectively shows us that self-security without God is insanity. You probably already know that, but do you believe that? Do you live as if it is true? Lots of people don’t, and will go to great lengths to deny it. They do so at their own peril.
While it seems that the passage is focused on a variety of persons and nations, overall it is really making a statement about God, Himself. It would even be correct to say that it makes several statements about God, and these statements, and how you react to them, makes quite a statement about you. It’s like the author of Hebrews said, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” May God’s word discern the thoughts and intentions of our hearts with Genesis 10 and 11 this Sunday.