Construction of the Tower
Verse 1 – At this time, there was one language and one speech. They made brick from stone and asphalt for mortar.
Verse 4 – The Tower of Babel was most likely a ziggurat. They looked like pyramids with steps or ramps leading up the sides. It might have been a temple used to worship their pagan gods. The whole city was focused on one point. They built this for their own greatness. People do this today by the houses they build, cars they drive or clothes they wear, showing people what a success they are. These are not wrong in and of themselves, but when you leave God out, watch out. We are free to develop in many areas, but we shouldn’t replace them with God.
Verse 7 – When God said, “Let us go down,” proves Jesus was always with Him. They went down and made them all speak different languages and dispersed them to all over the earth. This is how people ended up everywhere as it says in Verse 8.
Verses 10-27 – Noah had cursed Canaan. From Shem’s line came Abram and the entire Jewish nation, which would eventually conquer the land of Canaan in the days of Joshua.
Verse 29 – Abram and Nahor took wives. Nahor took his niece (daughter of his brother, Haran, who died). Genesis 20:12 says Abram married his half sister – same father, but different mother. Sarai was barren. Abram’s father took his grandson, Lot, and, Abram and wife, and went to Haran. The whole family moved towards Canaan but settled in Haran