The World in Confusion - Babel

After saving the world, Noah himself takes a fall. Again God steps into a godless world – this time, in a much more subdued manner.

Presentation Overview

  • Objectives
  • Standards falling
  • Irony of Noah
    • Irony of Noah
    • Folly of Ham/ Canaan
    • Tyranny of Nimrod
  • Folly of Ham/ Canaan
  • Tyranny of Nimrod
  • Babel growing
  • God controlling
  • Discussion – Self exaltation in our lives

Note: Additional reference material is available in the Notes section of this presentation.


To understand the danger of:

  • Self righteous over-confidence
  • Self exaltation
  • Not aligning with God’s purpose

Standards Falling-Irony of Noah

Read Gen 9:18-29
  • When the world around is drinking Noah is sober
  • When all around are sober, Noah drinks.
1 Cor 10:12
“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

Standards Falling-Folly of Ham/ Canaan

Gen 9:24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,

Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”

  • Canaan is cursed, Shem and Japheth are blessed. Ham gets neither
  • Canaan emerges a strong nation and faces eventual oblivion.

Standards Falling-Tyranny of Nimrod

Read Gen 10:6-10 Nimrod has been described in various sources as:9
  • “a powerful rebel before the Lord” [1]
  • “powerful in hunting in sin before the Lord”[2]
  • “a mighty hunter, because he was all his days taking provinces by force, and spoiling others of their substance” [3]

Standards Falling-Tyranny of Nimrod – Cont’d…

Read Gen 10:6-10

before the Lord“ does not mean on behalf of the Lord, it means, openly and publicly, and without fear of him, and in a bold and impudent manner see Genesis 6:11 as “against the Lord” – [4]

Babel Growing

Read Gen 11:4-9

The Greek form of Babylon means “Gate of the god”.

The Hebrew name for the tower Babel means to confuse or confound.

God Controlling

God is in control. He:
  • Breaks the objective of powerful men
  • Disperses them – a mild response to a strong offence.
  • Is also in control of the micro events in our lives.

Some Important Locations in OT

Discussion - Self Exaltation in our Lives

  • What could have been the cause of Noah’s falling? What do we learn?
  • Gen 11:4 highlights “Let us make a name for ourselves ”…the most alluring temptation of all. Self exaltation in the place of God glorification. In what forms does this temptation lure us today?
  • How do we overcome it?
  • How do we handle the “Nimrod” type superpowers threatening us?


1.Targum of Jonathan

2.Targum of Jerusalem

3.Jewish writer


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