by J. Gerald Harris

Babel Versus Bethlehem
Gerald Harris
Genesis 11:4-9; Luke 2:4-7, 15-16

This morning I want to draw a contrast between Babel and Bethlehem. It is interesting to note that the Bible is filled with various events, places, personalities, circumstances and terms which stand diametrically opposed one to the other. For example, the realm of heaven is diametrically opposed to the realm of hell. The terms good and evil stand at opposite poles. God and His angels represent all that is holy and good; whereas, Satan and his angels represent all that is evil and unrighteous.

The sheep spoken of in the Bible figuratively stand for one thing; the goats stand for something else entirely. Jesus told of two men who went to the Temple to pray. The story of the prayer of the publican ran completely counter to the prayer of the Pharisee.

The Bible also portrays certain personalities that are diametrically opposed one to the other. Contrast the personalities of Jacob and Esau, and you have a prime example of that. The two thieves who were crucified with Jesus also provide the same kind of example. One said, "If thou be Christ, save thyself and us."

The other said, "for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.... Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom."

So, in the Scriptures there are certain terms, places, circumstances and personalities that can be significantly contrasted.

This morning I want to point out two places in the Scriptures which I believe can be contrasted in such a way that God's grace shall be magnified. I want us to consider Babel versus Bethlehem.

If you'll look in the 11th chapter of Genesis, you will notice that the whole earth is of one language. In verse 1 it says, "Now the whole earth had one language, and one speech." They were all speaking the same language. That means when they went to high school they didn't have to take Spanish; they didn't have to take Fren ...

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