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, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4 ESV)

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:1-2 ESV)

God appoints for Abram a promise land (v.1) and assures him that his descendants will be a great and significant nation (v.2). The name for which the builders of Babel had yearned (11:4) is to be given to Abram (Kaiser 2000; 18). Furthermore, the name he is to receive will be ‘great’ (v.2). Over against the people’s attempt to establish a world centre in Babel, Abram is promised that around him and his descendants a great nation will be gathered, a nucleus that will be the company of the redeemed, the new people of God (Drumbrell 1994: 34).

~Andreas J. Köstenberger and Peter T. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission, p. 29

Sin promises to give, yet when followed, the yield is empty.

God promises to give, and when followed the promise is realized. And in ways that no human could comprehend.

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