Skip to comments.Judgment,Scattering and the Unfinished Task...Genesis 11 pt 2
Posted on 05/11/2013 6:35:01 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 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. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one anothers speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.(Genesis 11:1-9)
It sounded good in theory. All men on earth working together on the same project, towards the same end. A tower and a city to represent a complete world unity. There were no separate nations, or cultures, no language barriers, no competing factions.There was no such thing as diversity, in fact the unity was amazing and has never been seen since!
All men working together to make the world a better place, or perhaps to make it a safer place for man. Humanity as a productive collective, highly organized and set to one great task, under capable leadership! The whole world was One!
But God didnt see it that way.
The Lord Came down to see the city and the tower That is the LORD condescended to evaluate this work of man, for judgment. He who already knows all things, nonetheless came down to see this spectacle from the perspective of a man, shadows of the incarnation and vicarious substitution of out Lord.
It wasnt good at all that all men spoke the same language, and were engaged in a universal world improvement project, with no differences, cultural or otherwise to present any barriers to them. Man is fallen, therefore the complete pooling of mans intellect and his strength and willingness to undertake a global project under a one world governance can only lead men further away from God.
Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do
Without the above mentioned barriers, there is no stopping man in his elaborate defection from God.When hand joins in hand among the fallen ones, unity is their undoing, for they drag each other down to hell. If man could find a way to totally co-operate with all other men, then God would be dead to Him, for we would imagine that we no longer need Him.
Let us go down and confound their language
The only Unity that remains ever indivisible is the unity of the Godhead which is blessed forever. Thus Father,Son and Holy Spirit come down to divide the dangerous unity of fallen man. The single most divisive factor is language. The Lord divided the nations by confounding the languages.
The judgment was an act of mercy, because total human unity is toxic when it is not based upon the only true center, the worship of he only true God and Jesus whom he has sent. God will not allow man to so empower himself that he utterly destroys all mankind. No longer would man be allowed to be as one.
Paul would tell us centuries later that God divided the nations and even appointed their times and boundaries, that they might seek Him.
Obviously it hasnt always worked out that the majority of nations did seek God, for free will is involved also. But the division of nations was a benevolent judgment, a safeguard against the humanly irresistible power of a globally united humanity with the capability to construct one unique truth, equally acceptable and understood by all, with which to counter the Word of God.
So the building project came to an abrupt end, and the workers gathered into their own language groups and dispersed abroad to fill the earth. However, the dream of making a name for ourselves has never died out. One of the undercurrents of all subsequent human history has been the attempt to get back to a worldwide unity, to overcome the Babel Effect and to complete the humanistic city and he tower.
The earth is littered with pyramids, ziggurats and astrological tower platforms, as a testimony to the universal truth of the story in Genesis 11. From Peru, to Mexico, to Egypt and Babylon, in China,Cambodia, indeed everywhere people have gathered, these artificial mountains have been built. The universality of the zodiac also testifies to the worldwide apostasy spoken of in Genesis.
The symbol of the unfinished tower is the inspiration for the European Union parliamentary building. The United Nations is also an attempt to bring about a world unity.We are approaching the time when through technology, men will arrive at their closes attempt to overcome the Babel effect and come together as one, in defiance of the very God who once divided us. This seems to be their hour and the power of darkness but according to Jesus and the prophets and apostles, it will be short lived.
Way to many words to state the simple truth....man’s ego blocks God out
I don’t know about that Nifster, I think we can’t elaborate enough to this perverse generation. By the way, you meant “Way TOO many words...” right?
yes indeed I meant ‘too’....sometimes when I am typing my fingers get going to fast and the keyboard doesn’t respond...
I like to keep things direct and easily understood by the largest number while still staying true to the message of the original. But that’s just me. I think this perverse generation needs things to be short and sweet so that they can understand....lengthier exposition can come later. But I understand your point
The post can be used to shed light upon an other situation with much greater, dire consequence.
There currently is a group that also is engaged in building and have been for a very long time. They are also joined together by a similar “mortar”
You are right about less being more my friend, thanks for the encouragement!
You are right about less being more my friend, thanks for the encouragement!
You meant closest... but there's a big problem with the coming 'attempt' - this one isn't going to be voluntary. The 'New World Order' may create a temporary world government, but we (Christians) know far too much about these times. We know this latest attempt will be futile, and face God's wrath, shortly after it is set up.
What is most exciting to me that God lets it all run amok - then He finally sets up His own one-world perfect government.
What happened at the tower of Babel was a precursor of what we call now collectivism. I see it clear in the pages of the Bible that God’s intention all along was to deal with man on an individual level. The kind of individualism we see in the New Testament: one’s individual faith in Christ. No one can have that faith for you.
This continued for a while, but then came Constantine and the merging of state and church. The RC system was a giant step away from individualism. One was born into the RC system, individual faith was not required you were baptized as a baby into it. Some, like the Anabaptists, saw clearly from the word of God how wrong infant baptism was, and at the most basic level - one’s individual faith. I see the RCC as a kind of Christian collectivism.
But we have now another form of collectivism staring us in the face. More oppresive than the RCC ever was: Agenda 21. I see it as the final manifestation of what the Tower of Babel was only a first attempt. A one world collectivist dictatorship, with the nations separated into ten groupings of nations. The ten horns of Dan. 7 and Revelation.
If anyone reading this isn’t aware of Agenda 21, I suggest you google it, there must be around 40 youtubes on it. Agenda 21 is the one world planner’s agenda for the 21’st century.