Genesis 11: 1-9…..The world’s tallest building

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Comment: It should be no surprise to us that people thought seriously about building high. People still do and the one in Dubai is over 800 metres tall, but it certainly can’t be said to reach into the centre of heaven! I think that, these days, people seek to build for world records and pride. Attention has turned to walking on the planets! But there seems a lot of similarity in these hunts – people want to know as much as God and act in the strength of their great achievement. It is very similar to that which Adam and Eve tried to achieve in their garden disobedience. Their temptation was to be like God, and, united, they wanted to achieve whatsoever they desired, independent of God. It seems as if the speech thing was pretty instantaneous as the plan fell through because they couldn’t understand each other. The dispersal over the face of the earth probably took decades. The problem of getting a matter discussed between lots of different people groups is seen today in the tier of translators at the United Nations. God is God, the great I AM, and a united world of even trained social workers cannot replace him.

Prayer: Help me to gain knowledge, but even more to be wise and trusting of You, O, God.

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