Tower of babel

Genesis 11:1-9

The descendants of Noah all spoke a single language. As they increased in number and began to spread eastward, they found a fertile area called Shinar and settled there. They decided to build a city with a tower that “reached to the heavens.” They wanted the tower to be a proud monument to themselves and a symbol that would keep them united as a powerful people.

However, God was not so pleased. He came down and looked at the city and tower and 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. (NIV, Genesis 11:6-7)

towerbabelSo God made the people speak many different languages so they could not work together on building the city and tower. Then He scattered the people around the world and the city was abandoned. The city was called “Babel” because God confused their languages.

 

Lessons

God came to see their city and the tower they were building. He perceived their intentions, and in His infinite wisdom, He knew this stairway to heaven would only lead the people away from God. He noted the powerful force within their unity of purpose. As a result, God confused their language, causing them to speak different languages so they would not understand each other. By doing this, God thwarted their plans. He also scattered the people of the city all over the face of the earth.

God realizes that when people are unified in purpose they can accomplish impossible feats, both noble and ignoble. This is why unity in the body of Christ is so important.

Mankind had once again lost sight of God and become arrogant and self-sufficient.

tower_of_babelGod, of course, saw this as pure arrogance. He put an end to the people’s delusions of being powerful and important like gods.

We may be tempted to think we no longer need to trust and obey God. We may believe our learning, sophistication and technology are all we need to be self-sufficient and guarantee our security. The lesson of the Tower of Babel is that such self-sufficiency is a delusion.

 

written by: Jojo

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