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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Day Three - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - Genesis 9 - 11 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

by Sarah Christmyer 

Genesis 9-11

Bible Time Period:  Early World
In the Early World, you created the heavens and Earth and tested Adam and Eve in the garden.  Help me today to choose the life you offer. 

Today we read about God’s covenant with Noah and the growth of the nations after the flood and the building of the Tower of Babel.  This ends the time of “prehistory” as a curtain is drawn on the Early world. 

Key verses to remember from the period of the Early World
-“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1)
-“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel”  (Gen 3:14-15)

Today’s Reading
Genesis 9-11

Today’s Question
This is the close of the Early World period.  What kind of a world is it?

The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed in the New
The gift of language was a blessing from God given only to mankind.  At the time of the Tower of Babel the "whole world spoke the same language."  In southern Mesopotamia a group of people decided to build a temple "to make a name for themselves."  God's punishment for their pride was to confuse their tongues putting an end to the one universal language.  (Gen 11:1,4,9)  In the New Testament, Pentecost is the reversal of Babel.  At the time, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles as "tongues of fire."  After this, when the Apostles preached the crowd heard them speaking in their own native language, the universal language of salvation in Jesus Christ.  (Acts 2:5-11) 

Discussion Boards Day Three
Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology - Ham's Sin
Catholic Bible Dictionary General Editor Scott Hahn - Ham  - page 339
Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology - Tower of Babel
Agape Catholic Study Bible Commentary on Genesis 9:18 - 12:9

The above 10-minute study was taken from the Great Adventure Bible Study for Catholics. 

For items devotional items related to the Catholic Church 

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Tower of Babel - Pieter Bruegel the Elder 

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