Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel

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You may find yourself wondering why some people don’t speak English. In fact, there are about 6,500 different languages spoken in the world today! Why is that? How confusing!

If you ask your public school teacher, she’ll probably say that as humans “evolved” in different parts of the world, they developed languages on their own. I bet she never read the Bible, because it tells us the truth!

Maybe it looked like this!  Image:  Athanasius Kircher, 17th Century

Maybe it looked like this! Image: Athanasius Kircher, 17th Century

After the Flood, all people were descended from Noah and his three sons. They all spoke the same language. (Gen. 11:1)

Traveling as a single vast group (no doubt with Ham and his descendants as slaves), they entered the land of Shinar.

The Bible doesn’t say anything about them having maps, and you’d think a worldwide Flood which exerted enough pressure to turn sediments (and buried dinosaurs) into stone would have wiped out landmarks, but somehow, they knew it was the land of Shinar.

(We’re going to ignore the entire chapter of Genesis 10, which tells us all about how the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth became great nations building vast cities and spreading all over the place. They had big cities and were spread out, but they were really all together in one place.)

The people made bricks, and used slime for mortar. (Gen. 11:3)

I wonder how big and tall a tower you could build with slime as mortar. Would that meet building code?

The people decided to build a city with a tower that would reach to Heaven. By doing this, they hoped to make a name for themselves and prevent themselves from being scattered. (Gen. 11:4)

Since these were the only people on Earth, who were they trying to impress? Make a name for themselves for whose benefit?

God came down and saw the city they were building, and the tower. He said, “The people are all as one, and speak one language; if they continue to succeed in this, they’ll be able to do anything they put their minds to!” (Gen. 11:6)

Was God jealous of his Creation’s success? Would your Mommy or Daddy be jealous if you were successful at something? How would that make you feel?

What will God do? SABOTAGE, what else?

God went down (in spite of already being down) and confused their language, so they couldn’t understand each other. They scattered all over the world and gave up on building the city. (Gen. 11:7-8)

How would you feel if your Mommy or Daddy saw you making a really nice drawing, realized that you could do whatever you put your mind to . . . and poured paint on your drawing and took away your crayons?

Would you feel loved?

That’s the difference between humans and God. When humans sabotage one another’s efforts instead of being happy that we’re successful, it is a horrible thing. When God does it, it’s called “Love”.

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