1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
Genesis 11:1-4, NKJV
Planning of Babel
The post-flood earth was still relatively new, yet one must wonder what the people had learned from the great flood God had sent upon the earth. Here we are, not many years later, and what were the men planning? The goal was to build a tower which would reach up into the sky--even into the heavens. Perhaps they thought they could reach into the very throne-room of God and be great gods upon the earth.
Were they trying to understand God, or were they trying to grow closer to Him? Both of those would have been worthy goals. However, we find them trying to be like God.
What was the great temptation that Satan displayed before Eve? "You shall be as God."
Here we are, centuries later living on an earth that had been destroyed by a great flood. Due to the great wickedness of man, God destroyed all but eight people. Did this new generation of people learn from the mistakes of others? No! Here they are, again, trying to be great like God.
Do we find ourselves making the same mistakes in our day? What moves people? What goals do people have in life in our day? Probably at the top of the list, we would find fame and fortune. People want to be famous. As a matter of fact, the desire is so strong in some people that they would rather be infamous than to not be known at all. Others are driven by the need to be rich. Though they pile treasure upon treasure upon themselves, they never quite have enough.
We might even find that we, too, once had similar goals. However, in coming to Christ our goals changed. What happened?
When we come to Christ we realize that, before God, we are nothing. There is nothing that we can do or say that makes us worthy of God's love. No matter what our status may be upon this earth, we gain no favoritism with God. We read of great people in our history books who did great things upon this earth. Does that make them great before God? No!
When we come to a knowledge of our great sin and depravity before a righteous and holy God, we realize that we are undone. Nothing we possess or do can give us any status before God. However, Christ came to this earth to save those who are totally unworthy of such love and grace. Throughout time and ages and even to the present day, God reaches down and saves a people for Himself.
When we come to Him we understand that everything we are or ever hope to be is due to the great grace of Christ. He saved us from a hopeless condition and set us before a holy God who only sees the righteous blood of Christ which has wiped away our sin.
How does that change us? Gone is our desire to be famous or rich for, indeed, we have obtained the riches of Christ which are greater than any riches we can obtain on this earth. Our desire is to live a life pleasing to God using the abilities which we have. We realize that any abilities we possess are gifts from God and not due to our own greatness.
Unlike these who were involved in the planning of Babel, we find ourselves falling before God beseeching Him to make us more like Himself. While on this earth we will still struggle with sin, but when we reach the gates of heaven our sin natures will be thrown off forever.
How we long for that day to come. What an amazing God we serve. In Him, we find peace, joy, and contentment which are attributes rarely found among the people of this world.
To God alone be the glory!
God Bless You,