Tower of Babel-Genesis 11:1-9

Genesis 11:1-9 “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 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.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 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. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 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.”
Genesi 11:1-9 « Tutta la terra parlava la stessa lingua e usava le stesse parole. 2 Dirigendosi verso l’Oriente, gli uomini capitarono in una pianura nel paese di Scinear, e là si stanziarono. Si dissero l’un l’altro: «Venite, facciamo dei mattoni cotti con il fuoco!» Essi adoperarono mattoni anziché pietre, e bitume invece di calce. Poi dissero: «Venite, costruiamoci una città e una torre la cui cima giunga fino al cielo; acquistiamoci fama, affinché non siamo dispersi sulla faccia di tutta la terra». Il Signore discese per vedere la città e la torre che i figli degli uomini costruivano. Il Signore disse: «Ecco, essi sono un solo popolo e hanno tutti una lingua sola; questo è il principio del loro lavoro; ora nulla impedirà loro di condurre a termine ciò che intendono fare. Scendiamo dunque e confondiamo il loro linguaggio, perché l’uno non capisca la lingua dell’altro!» Così il Signore li disperse di là su tutta la faccia della terra ed essi cessarono di costruire la città. Perciò a questa fu dato il nome di Babel, perché là il Signore confuse la lingua di tutta la terra e di là li disperse su tutta la faccia della terra.”
 
     The narrative of the tower of Babel seems to be a bit of a perplexing story. But we must remember what God commanded after the flood: “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” This is repeated in Genesis 9:1 and 9:7. The story of the spirit behind the tower of Babel was that of rebellion against God’s command to fill the earth and pride in man’s heart to make a name for themselves independent of God. In God’s view, humans’ desire for unity and strength against God’s command created an atmosphere which once again culminated in great evil. Verse 6 says, “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.” With these words, God declared that man’s heart was fixed on evil and would stop at nothing in order to aspire to be like God. Remember, it was Satan that promised man that they would be like God in the Garden of Eden account.
     God’s judgment (v. 7-9) in confusing their language doesn’t seem to be that significant until you look at what it achieved. It destroyed their unity of strength and efforts to not be scattered. The effect of this judgment forced man to abandon the tower and fill the earth. The language barrier would prevent any further attempts at unifying against God. Ironically, they did make a name for themselves. This action of man was called “Babel” which essentially means confused.
     Even now, it is evident that man continues in his depravity to defy God. But just like this story of the people at the tower of Babel, when we try to go against God’s known laws, it will leave us just as lost and confused.
Pray with me: Lord, after so much grace has been given to man, it is amazing that even today, we as humans continue in defiance to Your law with no thought of judgment. Help me each day to build a life of obedience and stay true to You and Your Word.


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