Tower of Babel -- Disobedience to God
When people think about the biblical account of the
tower of Babel, they usually associate as the Bible's
explanation of diverse languages. Confusing their
language is a part of this story, but it is not the
main focus of this account. The language issue is only
one of the details to this story. This is an account
of the generations after Noah rejecting the commands
of God. There are four key areas I see in this passage
that this study will examine.
1. Preserve Our Group
The flood ended with the command in Genesis 9:
1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them:
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
2 "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be
on every beast of the earth, on every
Yet this generation said, let's build a city and
tower... "lest we be scattered abroad over the face of
the whole earth". The entire foundation of their plans
was in violation of God's commands. Since the fall,
man has been seeking to build a utopia. The longing in
our hearts is for what we have lost. The quest for
heaven on earth has not ended and will not end until
Christ returns. God's purpose for man has always been
to go out and do His will. We can only be complete in
Him and we can only be satisfied in the center of His
will. He is the One who satisfies, not things or
activities. Even the church gets sidetracked from the
purposes of God by seeking to live in a self-contained
world. There is this idea that it would be nice to
isolate from the world and only have church people and
church functions at the center of our social life. The
focus is on self and not God's purpose for our lives.
The average Christian cuts off most acquaintances to
the world within a few months after accepting Christ.
There is a line that must be drawn between living in
the world and living for the world. We should cut off
contacts that are destructive to our faith, but not
isolate the church into a separate culture. We are the
salt of the world and the light of the world; we are
not salt for ourselves and light to the enlightened.
In the early church, God used persecution to get the
church out of its isolated state and into the culture
where their light could shine and impact the world.
God used Saul to scatter the church and then later
made called him to preach the gospel throughout the
known world. He began as a persecutor and then God
transformed him into a new creation and changed his
name to Paul the apostle. God used him on both sides.
Acts 8:3 tells that Saul persecuted the church and
caused it to be scattered throughout the world:
"Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere
preaching the word."
God doesn't bless us so that we can lavish in His
blessings. God blesses us so that we can bless those
around us. He equips us so we can go out and do His
will and touch the lives o ...
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