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This week we began our summer series, taking a colorful look through basic bible stories. We kicked off this week with the classic story of the Tower of Babel, dispelling traditional interpretations of hubris and punishment, and looking instead toward themes of fear, certainty, diversity and unknowing. It's going to be a fun and colorful summer.
This week we began our summer PRIMARY series by tackling the classic Bible story of the Tower of Babel, seeking to understand it beyond the typical, Sunday School interpretation. Rather than viewing the tale as God punishing mankind for their hubris, we instead considered it as God giving humanity a needed push out of their perceived safety.
In small groups, we discussed themes of unkowing, fear, insecurity, vulnerability, and change, and how we deal with these feelings. We also enjoyed working on our amazing coloring sheets, created by Ian Campbell. We're excited to see what else our talented Collective artists have in store for us, as we continue to delve into some of the most well-known Bible stories.
11 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” 5 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.7 Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
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