Pride Always Before The Fall
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
In Genesis 11, People had one language. When the people plotted to build the Tower of Babel in the land of Babel, God came down to see and was displeased as this is the same sin that removed Adam and Eve from the Garden. Genesis chapter 11 happened before Genesis chapter 10 when the decedents over 14 generations of Noah was dispersed to other lands according to their family, their languages and their land. This also happened after the great flood of Noah as Abraham is a descendent of Noah.
The sin of pride and wanting to be God like that happened in Gen 11 also happened to Adam
and Eve. Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden forever because of their sin of eating from the tree of Truth and Knowledge which made them aware of their nakedness and thus they had knowledge like God.
In Genesis 11, When the decedents of Noah begun to build the city of Babel, they spoke
amongst each other to plot the building of a city and a tower to make a name for themselves, thus, pride entered their hearts. God then confused their speech and created different languages and dispersed them all to different parts of the world so that they could not understand each other. This is what God does when man has pride, he sends them from their home. Pride is a sin.
Why are these two examples important? Because we, as God’s children have an adversary that roams to and fro in the Earth searching for people to deceive. 1 Peter 1: 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan is the master of deception. He will try anything to persuade people to take pride in self and self-accomplishments. We should give God and God alone praise and Glory with thanksgiving for everything, being careful not to take pride in our own works.
2 Peter 2:18 says “For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.” Therefore, we must be awake and vigilant to always know what motivates us. Is our motivation from the desires of our flesh? Or from the Lord? When we are servants of the Lord, we must put away the desires of our hearts and let the Lord give us the desires of His heart. Galatians 5:16-18 says, “16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
In conclusion, pride can be a very tricky sin and most people are not even aware they are operating in such sin. This is why the Bible teaches us to seek the Lord with all our hearts and to put away the desires of the flesh that we may not be deceived to live according to this world, but according to the spirit which dwells in us. I pray that this lesson will help you to grow in faith and in spirit through Jesus Christ.
Written By: Stacey Alfredson/Cagwin
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