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October Men’s Breakfast on Sat, Oct 12th
October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 8:45 am
The NFUMC men’s breakfast is Saturday, Oct 12th at 7:30am in Fellowship Hall. The menu is the hashed browns, egg, cheese, and onion casserole with biscuits, fresh fruit, and coffee.
The discussion will be on a part of Genesis that hasn’t (and won’t) be covered in the current sermon series Kim is doing on Genesis, and that is the story of the Tower of Babel. As with most familiar (though not necessarily well understood) stories in the Bible, there is more there than we may first think. There are also some interesting explanations available. As Kim alluded to in her sermon last Sunday, this is a bookend to the Flood story, though this time God does not destroy the earth. What is going on?
To prompt some thinking ahead of time, let me suggest that the Flood represents anarchy – everyone out for themselves. For those who know of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, life in the situation of lawlessness was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short“.
If so, what does the situation during the Tower of Babel represent? A clue is that in Genesis 10:5 the world is described as having diverse languages: “From these the coastland peoples spread. These are the descendants of Japheth in their lands, with their own language, by their families, in their nations.” Why would the presence of multiple languages have changed to a single language? Or another way to prompt thinking is to ask, what would the opposite of lawlessness be that may be equally unappealing?
I will be interested in hearing your thoughts.