The aim of this passage is to cause us to understand how human beings were scattered all over the world and how Abram went to Canaan.
Human beings are scattered all over the world by God through the confusion of their languages (Gen 11:1-9)
Oneness without Christ, lead to increased human depravity.
Human beings had one language that everyone understood. After the flood, they started to migrate from the east, where Noah and his sons had settled, and they found a plain in te land of Shinar. They settled here. The people agreed to make bricks and using bitumen to hold the bricks together, decided to build a great city with a high tower that would be of great renown and would keep them from being scattered all over the world.
God saw what these people were doing and said that since they were one people with one language, they could do anything that they imagined. Considering that all the imaginations of man were evil continuously, God decided to confuse their language so that they could no longer understand each other and because of this the people were scattered all over the world and stop building the city. This city was called Babel.
Psalms 2:1-4 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
How do you image the world would be like if there was global unity but no Christ?
The descendants of Shem are traced all the way to Abram (Gen 11:10-32)
Out of the many people and languages of the world, God chose Abram.
Shem fathered Arpachshad, who fathered Shelah, who fathered Eber, who fathered Peleg, who fathered Reu, who fathered Serug, who fathered Nahor, who fathered Terah, and who fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Haran fathered Lot, Milcah, and Iscah and died in the land of Ur where a people called the Chaldeans lived. Abram took Sarai, his father’s daughter by another woman, to be his wife and his brother, Nahor, took Milcah, Haran’s daughter, to be his wife. Sarai was barren. Terah took Abram, Sarai, and Lot and left Ur headed for Canaan. They, however, settled at a place called Haran. Terah died there at the age of 205 years.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
How does your flesh seek to return you to the world?