Lent day 31: Who is Peleg?
Luke 3 v 35 “the son of Peleg”
In Genesis 10:25 we see why his name was Peleg: “Two sons were born
to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was
There is an incredible story of human achievement immediately after the Genesis genealogy and then the family history of Peleg is mentioned again after this story. The story is the Tower of Babel and it could well be that Peleg was named because of it.
The people wanted to make a name for themselves and build a tower that would reach the heaven. It was a task full of pride and arrogance and it would lead to a constant battle between man’s kingdom and God’s kingdom. But before dismissing that story as evil think some more. If only those people were sanctified and were walking with God. Can you then imagine what they could do for God’s kingdom? Can you imagine:-
- Through the power of communication (one language).
- Through the power of oneness (unity).
- Through the power of imagination (thinking what could be).
Can you imagine what is possible then?
But they were not sanctified and so God’s judgment was to divide them. As the world has continued in its pride and arrogance it has continued to divide so today there are 7,111 languages spoken today and 23 languages accounting for half of the world’s population.
Yet Peleg sits in Luke’s genealogy of Christ which shows us that Jesus Christ came to heal division and reconcile all differences in Him.
So what is the plan of God? Is it to unite into one language? Wouldn’t that be easier for world evangelisation if everyone spoke English? No. Let’s use that story of division again.
- God sees the danger of unity worse than the power of a unified language. Maybe it is because He knows the world cannot be trusted with one language. Maybe it would wipe out the gospel completely and not advance it. When you have seen the power of the gospel in a language you do not know then you understand that it is more effective in many languages than just one.
- God can speak every language. The One who divided it is the One who speaks them all and to them all. Christianity isn’t tribal. The gospel is more beautiful when seen through the lens of difference.
- God had the end result in mind when He divided the earth. He who divided will bring the whole earth together in their divided languages into a united mass of praise to Christ:, Revelation 7:9-“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
(It is worth noting that I am in full admiration of people like the Wycliffe Bible translators who state that the full Bible is now available in 683 different languages, giving over 5,714 million people access to Scripture in the language they understand best. The New Testament is available in another 1,534 languages, reaching another 699 million people. Selections and stories are available in a further 1,133 other languages, spoken by 424 million people!!)
Peleg was born at a time of division. What language does your neighbour speak? You may say you do not understand them (and they speak English!) but the gospel can reach them for sure! Don’t try and get them to speak your language (your language may have fallen into the language of Zion and become totally non-understandable!) but try and demonstrate the gospel in their language, whoever they are.