After the great floods, which you may have heard as the story of Noah’s Ark, the earth was populated again with a fresh set of creatures and mankind from Noah’s family as detailed in the book of Genesis 9 and 10. However, in chapter 11, mankind began to discuss among themselves about building something and they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4 ESV).
At that time, all man speak one language and were united. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? Unity, teamwork and cohesiveness. Well, if the purpose was for something that was for good, there would be no need for God to be concerned. I believe it had to do with the part where they said “let us make a name for ourselves”.
God saw that they were beginning to do something that would lead to great destruction and had to intervene. It was there the people were put in confusion as they were suddenly given different languages and could not understand each other and had to go their separate ways. I imagined that there were several groups of people who congregate according to their different languages and then move to set up their own communities elsewhere. Thereafter that place became known as Babel, a place where God confused the language of all the earth. Hence, the tower they were building became known as the Tower of Babel.
Here are some questions I asked myself after reading these chapters:
Am I building any towers in my life?
What are my goals (at work, school or life)?
Where is God in my life?