Dispensations are periods of time where God shows how man develops and maintains a fellowship with Him. Each of the seven Biblical Dispensations are built on the previous dispensations. Each demonstrates how to be in fellowship with God and why Man has failed his responsibility.
Innocence, Dispensation One, shows simple obedience to God. Conscience, Dispensation Two, shows man cannot trust his own mind to have fellowship with God.
The Dispensation of Conscience has shown that man left to his own conscience will become more and more evil until there is not a good thought in anyone's heart.
The Dispensation of Human Government, the third of seven, begins in Genesis 8 with Noah and his family being the only survivors of the flood God used to cleanse the world of evil. They are commanded by God to restart the human race and populate the earth.
1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Genesis 9:1)
A few hundred years later we find their descendants gathered in one place and building a tall structure to be seen from everywhere and serve as an anchor point.
Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)
The Dispensation of Human Government shows man God's orders cannot be defeated by gathering themselves under government or group leadership. God's will and purpose will be accomplished. God brought the construction to a halt by creating different languages which enforced His command to fill the earth. The result was the rise of different nations and cultures. Human governments have become an ongoing divisive reality.
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