Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” — Genesis 11:4
Over and over again – at least five times in Genesis 12:1-3 God declared that He would bless. Despite these many promises of blessing, humanity continued to search for significance on its own terms by questing for a “name.”
The difference being rather simple – they would be blessed “so that you may be a blessing.” There was nothing in the promise to enhance their status or ego. They were to be missionaries and channels of the truth from the very beginning. It is a matter of grace and not of works.
Even Paul saw Abraham as the heir of the whole world and that Abraham had the gospel preached to him ahead of time.
The human quest for a “name” continues to this day despite God’s offer to give us His own “name.”
- Missionary Call (evanlaarmission.wordpress.com)