2011-09-12 - What Would a Babylonian Say?
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, and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)
As long as I can remember, there has always been one language. Period. This made communication pleasant and extremely easy. Things changed when I and others moved to a plain in Shinar, also known as Babylonia. Someone came up with the great idea of turning the area into a city - and building a large brick tower - so large, it would reach the sky. It would give the city some fame, and keep people from scattering around the world. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Only what happens when more people hear how great Babylonia is, and it becomes overcrowded? My fears were unfounded, as our ideas and plans never succeeded.
It seems no one asked God for His blessing on the project. God had to restrain the people from becoming too powerful, so as men were building the brick tower, He allowed confusion to be among the workers. Before language was clear and familiar; now language was unknown and perplexing. Chaos. It was impossible for the workers to communicate with each other, and thus, no work got done.
The idea for a tower (later called the Tower of Babel) was scraped as a result of the new languages sent by God, and people scattered. So much for having people concentrated into one area. We took control and left God out of the picture, which led to our downfall. Our hopes and dreams for a new city were just that, "our" and not "God".
Lord, It is easy to lose sight of You when something seems so neat. How could it not be of You? Before I go overboard, may I take a reality check to make sure what I am doing will be right for me and according to Your will. That way, I know I won't fail. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.