Making Names for Ourselves

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Being ‘likeminded’ is a powerful thing! And, as with all things, it can be used for good (for God’s glory) or for bad (for man’s glory). We are naturally drawn to making a name for ourselves. This is what we like to do. God wants us to make a name for Him.

Genesis 11:1-4
Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

Knowing this about man, whom God created, He alone was able to provide a remedy. What was the remedy? Confuse their language, their likemindness, and provide a new way of thinking.

Genesis 12:3
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

His solution was Jesus the Messiah who would come through the lineage of Abraham. It is through Jesus that this dreadful curse of wanting to exalt ourselves would be lifted.

Matthew 4:9-10
And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “ Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. ’”

The devil thrives on opportunities to get people to make a name for themselves. Jesus, whose name is above all names, understood and clearly let Satan know that is God and God alone whose name should be exalted.