The Consequence of Pride


Family Bible Study Series

Title: The Consequence of Pride
Text: Genesis 11:1-9
Teacher: Jon Kristoffer Parel
Time & Date:  2018-03-29, 22:00-23:00
Topic: Where does pride lead to?
In Genesis chapter 11, we see the famous story of the Tower of Babel, where God altered the language of men from one language into many languages. God would not have done this act had the people humbled themselves before God. Instead, the people decided to build a tower so high to reach God. The people planted the seed of pride in their hearts.

3 Occasions that took place in the Tower of Babel

  1. When God made things in order. v.1
    – There was only one language these people were using.
    – They could understand each other because people spoke the same language.
    – When you can understand each other you are able to accomplish many things.
    – There was order. God loves order. “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor 14:40)
  2. When people began to be proud. v.2-4
    – The people started to have pride in their hearts.
    – They wanted to build a tower to be equal with God.
    – They wanted to be known. They wanted the glory.
    – Pride ruins order and God hates pride. “Pride goeth before destruction…” (Prov 16:18a)
    – Pride is not of God, not of the Father.”For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)
    – Pride causes shame. “When pride cometh, then cometh shame…” (Prov 11:2)
    – Pride causes contention (disagreement) “Only by pride cometh contention…” (Prov 13:10)
  3. When destruction took place. v. 7-9
    – God gave one language to mankind because He wants orderliness. But when these people created by God started having thoughts of getting to God with their own works, God punished them and made many languages to confuse these men.
    – Pride can hinder us from things we can do for God.
    – They didn’t finish their project of making a great tower because God altered the language. They did not finish their project because they were proud thinking that they could reach God with their works.
Truth: Pride can ruin everything we work for. Pride itself is a punishment that will lead to our own destruction. We cannot be too proud of ourselves or our accomplishments because in the end, it should always be God Who will get the glory and not us. Remember, we are created for God’s glory.

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