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April 16, 2023

Being Called Out of a Dark Background

Gen 11:4 And they said, Come, let us build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the surface of the whole earth. Josh 24:2 ...Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham...and they served other gods (KJV).

When God appeared to Abraham, he was in the darkest background. His background was exceedingly strong. The first aspect of this background was that man had forsaken God. Man's forsaking of God was signified by his building a city. Man built a city because he had lost God as his protection. Since man no longer had God as his safeguard, he built a city to protect himself. So the building of the city was the sign that man had forsaken God. Man seemed to be saying, "Let God go. I will build a city to protect myself." The building of the city was the declaration that man had forsaken God. Not only did man forsake God, but he built a tower to exalt himself. The tower was a sign of man's self-exaltation. When man forsakes God, automatically he exalts himself. Whenever man builds a city he will also build a tower to make a name for himself. Finally, Joshua 24:2 shows us that at Babel man turned from God to idols, to other gods. Whenever a man worships an idol, he worships demons. Apparently he is worshipping idols; actually he is worshipping demons [Rev. 9:20] .

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1984, pp. 475-476. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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