By now I’m sure readers have made enough research for themselves. Don’t forget to share it with me.

{To continue}

Genesis 11:4 reveals three (3) problems:
1) First, man wanted to build a tower that would reach up to the top of the heavens; they wanted to reach God, really to be God themselves. Every generations seems to build towers. Whether they are actual skyscrapers (e.g. The Sears Towes and Tribune Tower in Chicago, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Trump Tower in New York City) or mega corporations that circle the globe, the idea is the same- to be strong and powerful!

In the 21st century, people continued to do that. The university professor who dismisses God without a second thought has placed his intellect on the throne instead of God. But human intelligence is woefully inadequate to be our God. Over and over again, the intelligence of man has been supplanted by later intelligence; later proof that other intelligence, more educated, more sophisticated people have destroyed the theories of intelligence of those before them. And if man’s intelligence can be supplanted by other men’s intelligence, how powerful can it be? The people of the land of shinar failed in achieving their first goal.

2) The second problem is that, they wanted to make a name for themselves. They wanted to be remembered. Isn’t that true of every human being? Don’t we want to be remembered for something good? Not long ago, Reader’s digest carried an article on Dr. Henry Heimlich. It’s been more than 30 years since the famous ‘Heimlich Maneuver’ has been instituted in saving lives and probably 50,000 choking victims have been saved through Henry Heimlich’s maneuver. Well, to this day Heimlich’s name kind of gets kicked out of being a household word. I’m sure he never anticipated that one day, it would end like this. In fact, he said that when his name went into the dictionary, he remembered he immediately looked at the entry for Abraham Lincoln; and Lincoln had only an inch of copy in the dictionary while he (Heimlich) had two inches. Interesting, isn’t it, that with mankind we measure fame in inches in the dictionary? But God measures fame by obedience. What kind of legacy will you leave?

By the way, can you name any of the people of Babel? I think they also failed in their second goal.

3) They wanted to prevent themselves from spreading (Gen. 9:1). Building a tower, building a city- that’s no crime in itself. But the purpose of this tower was to replace the God of the heavens. They wanted to climb to heaven and if was successful what would be their next motive? Obviously enthrone themselves. Remember the story of Lucifer? He/she never gives up.

Language is a unique tool to communicate. But at the tower of babel, it was being used with selfish motives. Had God allowed this project to continue, the results would been worse than they were at this time. All of the divisions of the world are as a result of sin and the righteous judgement of God. Most times our reasons for uniting are not borne out of pure motives hence, the later divisions.

The group of Babel began as the whole earth (Gen. 11:1) but ended up being spread (Gen. 11:9). The lesson is clear: God’s purpose will be accomplished inspite of the arrogance and defiance of man’s own purposes. In the building of the tower man’s desire was to return to Adam and Eve’s effort to become like God (Genesis 3:5).

~sorry, my fingers are…

{to be continued}

Have a Beautiful Day!!


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