Towers of Babel

Genesis 11:1-9, The Tower of Babel.

After the flood which wiped out all of mankind, except Noah, God commanded people to “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). However, people disobeyed his direct order to spread throughout world by deciding “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4).

Aside from disobeying God’s command, another problem with the construction of a tower to heaven was that it symbolised man’s pride and a belief that man was becoming equal to, or better than God. The use of manmade bricks and bitumen, rather than naturally found stones and mortar reinforced this lack of reliance on God.

The success that we have in life can become a “Tower of Babel” if we do not give glory to God where it is appropriate. All of our achievements come about by the grace of God. If we attribute success to our own work alone, we are acting in a prideful way and dismissing the importance of God to our success, similarly to how the people of Babel acted.

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