From the beginning, God’s instruction to humanity was to spread out across the earth to subdue it and rule over it as His image-bearing representatives (Gen. 1:28; 9:1,7). In fulfilling this cultural mandate to every corner of the globe, the pinnacle of God’s creation—people—would glorify their Creator.
But the sin that had begun in Eden continued to dig deeper into the hearts of people and their rebellion grew. God’s command to spread out was not simply misunderstood or even ignored—it was rejected outright in the land of Shinar. God’s plan, however, cannot be thwarted. The people would not scatter across the earth, so He would do it for them. But instead of spreading out as one people of God, they did so as a broken, fragmented, and divided people—a people in need of someone to rescue them from this condition and restore them as one family of God. That someone would be Jesus.
How have you seen God’s authority shine forth and His plans advance even in light of your disobedience?