Monday of the Week of Pentecost

Today's Reading: Genesis 11:1-9

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 22:1-20; Luke 22:1-23

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:9)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Sin separates us from God and from one another. It all began with the fall into sin. Adam and Eve separated from God--they even tried to hide from Him. Adam and Eve separated from one another. Their children were no different: Cain killed Abel. Sin spread to all men through the one man's disobedience. The downward spiral of sin continued through the flood and spread through Noah's family and descendants, eventually to the tower of Babel.

Yes, sin separates us from God and from one another. We see this in the account of the Tower of Babel. "Come, let us build ourselves a city and tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4).

They wanted to make a name for themselves and be great. What's wrong with that? It goes against God's command to Noah and his family after the flood: "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth" (Genesis 9:1).

In attempting to make a great name and accomplish great things for themselves, the people separated themselves further from God and from each other.

We're no different, really. Our sin separates us from God and from one another: in family, marriage, church, school, among our friends, on the soccer field, or at work. We may not build towers ascending to the heavens, but we carefully craft our own idols in our sinful thoughts, words, and deeds.

Thankfully, while sin separates, God joins together, redeeming, and reconciling in His Son Jesus, crucified and risen for you. Our sin no longer separates us from God, for God has come near to each of us by placing His name upon us in Holy Baptism and making us greatest in the kingdom of God. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

As by one man all mankind fell And, born in sin was doomed to hell, So by one Man, who took our place, We all were justified by grace. (All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall, LSB 562:5)

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