tower of babel

May 4, 2009

tower-of-babel1i just was reading through genesis 11. about the tower of babel.

“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.”

at that time there was only one language. i had a revelation. that when man comes together with one langauage or one common goal, the “greater good” becomes the priority. all sense of true spirituality is lost, because we no longer look to jesus, but look to the ministry. i say ministry because i imagine that a generation so close to that of adam and eve’s, would still be focused on some sort of worship. whether it be christian or not, i use that term loosely because christ had not come yet (none the less was he present, for he was from the beginning. in another form, but none the less the son who has compassion on us, and devotion and sincerity to the father in his heart!) anyways, i suppose that this would have to be an incredible foreshadow of things to come…the merchants of souls spoken of in revelation, the one world monetary system…all of which brought such a unity that was inevitably evil and humanistic at its roots. all of this, and the actual tower itself was enough to make the lord come down to see it.

i think the text implies that all the world accumulated at the one location, thus the tight grips of globalization was birthed. westernization is one form of its powers, conforming others into a certain way of life. (technology, law, economics, fashion, worship, diet, etc.) with a large concentration of people in one city, it is bound to multiply the opportunity and influence of sin.

“be fruitful and multiply”, was not a suggestion. yet a command that grabs our desires, yet none the less deserving of chastening when broken. i think of a mini documentary i saw about the growth of islam against every other people group…it is irreversible, the effects of minimized reproduction of brothers and sisters in Christianity is coming. we will see the effects in 5 to 7 years, and how much more will we suffer for the gospel then?

i enjoy the fact that god dispersed them, and confused their language. did that mean he just picked them up and moved them, literally? did they one day wake up not knowing where they were? he confused their tongues…did they have to learn how to speak all over again, or were they left with a complete knowledge of a new language? like saying hello in english one day, and the next saying hola in spanish, and it sounded all the same?

god truly can do what he pleases. and yet every move he makes is just. it is more than understandable, it is in fact the right move. no matter what he does, it is his nature to do that which makes the most sense, whether we can discern it or not.

this text foreshadows the complacency and confidence that we put in ourselves as humans. as if we were a race in which perfection could lay. nature is a curse we fight. we will always remain made in HIS image, and not HIM made in ours.

im not sure if this made sense, but hopefully it did!


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