Babel's Confusion, God's Preparation
Genesis 11 represents both an end and a beginning. It narrates the end of primeval history, which of course comprised thousands of years; and it brings us to the very beginnings of the nation of Israel, God’s special nation and people of promise.Primeval history comes to its climactic ending in the fruitless labors of the people of Babel, and the nation of Israel begins with the life of Abraham. Both stories unfold in Genesis 11. Beginning and ending, all in this one chapter. And yet over it all, sovereignly ruling and fulfilling his own purposes is still the Creator God to whom we were introduced in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God…”.In the climactic ending and the new beginning recorded in Genesis 11, God – we are reminded – is still God.