The word “come” occurs in Scripture nearly fifteen hundred times. Its first use is recorded as God gave instructions to Noah concerning the preservation of animal life prior to the flood. “Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive” (Gen 6:20 NIV). After the waters had subsided … “Then God said to Noah, Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you — the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground — so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it” (Gen 8:15-17 NIV).

Though a time span is not given between Genesis chapters eight and eleven, Moses notes … “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Gen 11:1-4 NIV).

Rebellion against God’s directives had surfaced again on the earth. An all-knowing God had determined in eternity past a divine response to those arrogant plans … “But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "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." So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel — because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth” (Gen 11:5-9 NIV).

Despite Satan’s efforts, God’s plan was proceeding to bring into existence a people and nation through which the Savior would come in the world. More resistance to God’s plan surfaced in the household of Jacob. His older sons conspired to rid themselves of Joseph, their younger brother. "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams" (Gen 37:20 NIV). But once again God’s purposes and plans would thwart their evil intentions.

Scripture records the rise of Joseph as prime minister of Egypt and presents a powerful illustration of God’s offer of forgiveness. “Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Gen 45:4-7 NIV).

Yet, the greatness of that act by Joseph does not compare to God’s gracious provision of a Savior for the entire human race. “For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40 NIV). God’s invitation to believe in Christ remains open … “that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:15 NIV).

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