Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Psalm 133 reveals that one of life’s sweetest experiences that a couple, family, or church can encounter is unity! In a world of division, bitterness, hatred, and strife; it is refreshing to have a family and church to retreat to what is pleasant and unified. This is God’s intention for His children. However, as we see in Genesis 11 some seek unity, yet find division.
The story of the tower of Babel is one of colossal failure! A few generations after the flood the earth’s population was again exploding. With language being universal, everybody could connect and communicate. Society came up with an idea: we will build a tower up to heaven, build a great name for ourselves and this will unify us! The exact opposite happened! God cursed their endeavor and scattered humanity permanently!
Here are two principles to live by if we seek to circumnavigate the division humanity experienced at Babel and experience unity:
1. We must seek to have God's name known not our own.
At Babel, the people wanted a name for themselves. What happens when we have a group all seeking their own notoriety? Eventually, we become divided because of selfishness and stepping over one another to the top. When we seek God's glory, we are unified in our endeavor!
2. We must purpose to believe and share the pure gospel.
The individuals in this passage tried another way to Heaven that didn’t work because there is only one way! No one will experience unity and harmony without first trusting Christ to save them. Once one is saved, they will experience no sweeter harmony than with others who have the same passion as they do, sharing their faith.
Conclusion: May our families and our church live to spread the right gospel and make Christ's name known. When we do this, we will be unified in our purpose and have God alongside us unifying us!
The contrast between the evil kings is amazing because most of them suffered great judgment from God. It pays to serve the Lord!
We’re to put time and passion and energy, sifting through the Word looking for the nugget that we need, and that God has for us.