We all came first from Adam and Eve; then later from Shem, Ham & Japheth and their wives. Over time, man has obviously changed since we now have people of different colors, different genetics. With the fact of the same starting point for all, why do we not get the fact that we are all the same? So, we don’t learn from Adam and Eve that one’s choice leads to consequences that affects others, but then we add pride to the equation.
Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,
so that we may make a name for ourselves … — Genesis 11:3
Because of this, languages and separation.
If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this,
then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Come, let us go down and confuse their language
so they will not understand each other. — Genesis 11:6-7 (NIV)
Still, we don’t learn – Abrams presents Sarai as his sister – only for the purpose of saving himself. He, literally, pimps her out to save himself.
… he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are.
When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’
Then they will kill me but will let you live.
Say you are my sister, … and my life will be spared because of you. — Genesis 12:11-13 (NIV)
There were consequence for his actions, shame for himself and Sarai and diseases for the house of Pharaoh. How slow are we? Is it because of sin that we cannot learn the lesson that our actions affect more than ourselves, that they have consequences?
Lord, I struggle with being responsible for my own actions, it’s so easy to blame others and I forget that my actions hurt or mislead others. Forgive me and let me become more aware of what I say and do and let it be pleasing to you.