The Building Blocks of Life

April 1, 2016


The Building Blocks of Life

Genesis 11:3-4

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top [may reach] unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered 

Every day that we live and breathe we add to the structure of our life.  We filter and take in the values, the principles, opinions, feelings and thinking upon which we base the way we live our lives.  The question today is what are the building blocks that we are using to build the values of our life?  

In Genesis 11 we read an account of a city and tower of Babel that is being built by a people that are unified in their language.  They were all speaking the same thing.  We see the power of unity  in one people and that there is such a power in that unified spirit, even of flesh, that God acknowledges in Genesis 11:6, “And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”  There is an awesome power fulfilled and accomplished in human imaginations when everyone is speaking the same thing.  What we see is that the focus of the people was not on their Maker and Creator it was upon making a name for them and lifting themselves up into the heavens.  It is that old principle of usurping the position and place of God.  What were the materials for building this tower of pride and human arrogance?  It says they used bricks for stone and slime for mortar.  The structure was all man made and held together by the perversity of human thinking and reasoning.  God had no part in this endeavor.  Because God saw the power of unified human reasoning and imagination He confused the language and disrupted the flow of humanity being lifted up in their own hearts to take the place of the Almighty. 

Let’s look in contrast to a structure ordained of God and see how it was built.  1 Kings 6:7 says, “And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe [nor] any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”  We observe that there was a preparation of the stone beforehand, but when in it was brought and assembled in the temple the tools of man ceased and were not heard.  The material used was stone and not man made bricks and mortar.  In 1Kings 6:11-12 God gives Solomon the spiritual principles for building His house.  “And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, [Concerning] this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:”

We discover in 1 Peter 2:5 that God’s spiritual house and temple are made up of lively human stones,  “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”  In as much as we are the building blocks of God’s temple how are we preparing our lives to be assembled in His spiritual house.  Are we a mixture of man made and God made?  Are we trying to shape our lives with a mixture of human principles and reasoning as well as those of God?  What are the building blocks of our individual lives?  What are the principles of morality, integrity, honor and faithfulness with which we are structured?  Are we using only the building blocks of God’s Word and truth or are we mixing them with the bricks and slimy mortar of human reasoning, philosphy, imagination and thinking?  God told Solomon that if he would walk in His statutes, execute His judgements and keep His commandments, to walk in them, then God would perform His word to Solomon and establish his house.  Unfortunately we see Solomon deviating from God’s plan for building his own life as he becomes caught up with his prosperity, all of his wives and their idolatry.  It was a failed end to a glorious beginning.  Even Solomon acknowledged that all else is vanity.  Solomon’s conclusion of the matter of life in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 is this, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”  Take care in the materials you use to build your individual temple and how it is prepared to fit into the greater house of God.  Follow His principles and His ways to make your house sure.




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