January 24, 2021
The Tower of Babel
There was approximately 180 years between the flood and the tower of Babel.
There is a unity, or uniformity, in this passage, which is generally a good thing, but God's plan was for them to populate the whole earth. (Genesis 9:1)
But in this chapter, the people tried to build one city and to make a name for themselves.
In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul says we need to be united in our belief of Christ. Of one mind and thought.
John 3:16 is what we need to be, united as believers. We need to, in general, scatter, discover, and learn.
God wants us to equip ourselves and spread the word.
We need to know the diversities in order to make the message more impactful.
We need to guard against prideful uniformity. Pride is one of the roots of evil. Uniformity is not bad by itself, unless it leads to pride.
When we spend time with people that are different from us, we grow more, we are stretched more, and we learn more
Rev 7:9 There were people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. We need to make sure that we allow Christ to be our source of unity.
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.
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
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