Read Genesis 11 – We can be dangerous people when left to our own devices.
Verse :1 sounds lovely, everyone understood each other with one language. But take a look at verse :4, THEN THEY SAID, “COME, LET’S BUILD OURSELVES A CITY WITH A TOWER THAT HAS ITS TOP REACHING UP INTO HEAVEN, SO THAT WE CAN MAKE A NAME FOR OURSELVES AND NOT BE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE EARTH.” What’s missing? God is missing – any level of reverence for Him – obedience is missing – God said, “Be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” These people wanted to challenge God. They wanted to reach the heavens. They wanted to gather together when God said to spread out over the earth.
I had the privilege of having a well versed Jewish passenger yesterday who was happy to answer my inquiry about Nimrod during our 5 hour flight. He said Nimrod was believed to be the architect behind the tower of Babel, and that he was a hunter before Adonai (that’s the Hebrew word for God… I love it, it feels rich and reverent when I speak it. Try it on. It’s beautiful.) In other words, Nimrod hunted men. He wanted to rule the world, and, same old story as in the garden, be god.
This does not escape the LORD’s attention. He responds by saying, “Come, let’s go down and confuse their language,”:7. Isn’t that radical? First, we get another subtle reference to the trinity with “Let’s”. Second, the LORD doesn’t destroy the tower; He confuses the language…. thereby, confusing the people and returning them to His commission to spread out over the earth without taking away their free-will.
Chapter 11 then goes into the lineage from Noah’s son, Shem, to Abram, who will become Abraham, who will become the first Hebrew patriarch.
Beloved, can you think of a time you were headed down a path of sin, and the LORD intervened to get you back on course? It was probably something from left field. There is no such thing as a coincidence. 🏗🏙💬📖☝🙌🌏