Genesis 11: v4 – What is in a Name?

 4And 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 abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

 Nimrod has instigated a religious astrological building effort, which consisted of both a city and a tower. These folks didn’t intend upon building a tower that would reach outer space, “may reach” is generally in italics meaning “whose top is heaven”

Here we see man building a tower; these days man builds a religion whose top is his god, and not the God of Heaven. Man says “Hey let’s build together. Let’s make a city where we can be one together, then we’ll build a tower together and we will make a name for ourselves!!!!”

Today, we build a religion. We don’t like what the other guy is saying so we set about “making a name” for ourselves. That is the definition of denomination.

1.       An act of denominating


Denominating means “To give a name too”

We try to “give a name to ourselves” and/or to what we are doing. We want to reach out and show God just what we are doing in our own efforts for Him and we separate from what God wants for us. Notice that God was not mentioned at all.

This has been one of the great devices that Satan has used to keep God’s people separated. Yet names can also be useful in some ways in that we can keep separated from cults and oppressive people. Many times, a person of a certain denomination can always find other like-minded folks by looking at the names of the churches in their area, or by their minister giving them information. Will this prove helpful or hurtful, only time will tell. It has been that way for many, many years. Just look in the phonebook and you will find all different kinds of denominations and different types in each denomination. It does not matter which name you cling too denominationally but it does matter whose name you claim relationally, because there is only one tower and there is only One Name by which man can be saved and He was sent from God to man….Jesus Christ!!!!


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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