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The Tower of Babel
11 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 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. 4 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.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 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. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused[a] the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
What a fascinating story. Last week, I briefly brought up a picture in Revelation where all nations tribes and tongues will be worshipping around the throne. I brought you God’s picture of the restoration of racial relations. I didn’t write much in last week’s entry because it is so simple and straight forward. Something that is not easy to apply is not always that hard to understand.
This week I was saddened by reading the quotes of a professor from Boston University as she freely exercised her right to free speech. I obviously appreciate that right and completely affirm her in exercising it. Her comments are so archaic and racially charged that I do not want to get into all of the details on this blog, but it reminded me of the above passage.
Once upon a time, there were people gathered together in one place. They were self-sufficient. They gathered together to build a city with a huge tower. People were ambitious. They worked together and achieved the goal. It would seem they were living out a great purpose. God wants us to get along, right? He wants us to work together and achieve great things.
It seems the problem was that these people were forgetting God in the process. Without striving, we forget God. We desire to take credit for our accomplishments. We desire to take credit for who we are and what we are doing with our one and only life.
God confused the language of the people. He split them up and from now until the complete restoration of God’s Kingdom, this will be part of the curse. So if you are wondering how an educator in a prominent university with all of the education and credentials in the world can say things that are so unintelligent, this is how.
Her intelligence or education doesn’t exempt her from the effects of the curse. Today, we can learn each other’s language and culture, but we still struggle to understand each other. It is so easy to get mad and let hatred fester when we are mistreated or when we see someone else doing so.
The fact is, Jesus came to rescue us from the curse of Babel. He came to restore us to Himself. He makes all things new. One day there will be a group of people gathered around His throne worshipping the Lamb of God. There will be representatives from all nations, tribes and tongues.
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