It’s all Greek to me! Well to the men that refilled the earth, there was only one language. As they grew in number, they had the mind and the desire to run independent of God–again. That desire, coupled with the amazing knowledge and ability to invent and communicate–provided men with the opportunity to destroy themselves again; and to abandon God–once again. Their object of choice–A tower that reached to the heavens.
It was not really the tower that made men dangerous, it was the fact that they had so quickly combined to abandon God, rather than to trust and follow him. God did the best thing he could do to maintain some semblance of civility in the world–he spread them across the globe and confused their ability to communicate. This was probably first a simple annoyance, but, quickly became an object to divide and to undermine the unified attempt to separate from God.
When we seek to make God the enemy, it always ends in a destructive pattern for us–not for God. Our independence does not only exclude God, it excludes all that God represents. Order, peace, unity and selflessness disappear–when God is removed from the equation. Conversely, when God is reintroduced and people begin to follow and trust him–amazingly, the very peace, unity and order that were lost–suddenly reappear. It is no coincidence; we were designed to live best in the shadow of the Father’s leadership. If we will simply include him and depend upon him–He will free us and provide the very gifts we need to have an amazing journey.
God Bless You
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people 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.