How the history of the Tower of Babel relates to our time.
After the third week of homeschooling my daughter in Old Testament history, I won’t survey the account of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9) the same again. The significance of that testament in the Bible is more palpable and illuminates much, for such a time as today.
The people who built the Tower of Babel did so with pride, not with the purpose of giving God the glory. If they had God in mind, the outcome would surely have been different. “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.”
Let us make us a name.
Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it? Let us make us a name. A brand. A platform. A reach. An influence.
The builders—in their pride—built a great tower so that everyone would know about them and who they were. But God in His infinite wisdom would not let this one go unchecked. Babel it was called, meaning “confusion of noise made by multiple voices” or “noisy confusion.”
“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs 29:23
My daughter (who’s 5 years old) understands this account when she retells the verdict of the builders’ pride and said when asked what we have learned about this:
If you build a tower for yourself and not for God, he’ll put you in confusion.
It is very simple, isn’t it, to understand this brief account of history. Eleven verses of history warn us about our present-day quests for building our own towers, monuments that will reach high above.
I reread these verses and would be blind to not see how the Tower of Babel is the modern-day platform we’re building.
So be in no rush, friends, to build and erect monuments of grandeur for self. There’s no glory in God when we’re edifying ourselves to the point of confusion. There are loud voices today clamoring for your attention and the undiscerning among us will not distinguish the truth from the confusion of multiple voices.
I’ve learned recently to not listen to some voices. Some influencers who have built their towers out of brick, burnt thoroughly. Brick for stone and slime for mortar. These towers don’t edify God for one, they glorify self, and secondly, they don’t speak the truth.
A long time ago my mother worked at a bank before she retired. She said she was trained to feel the money and by touch, would be able to identify a counterfeit. You have to know the real thing, she said, so you can tell when a fake arrives into your hands.
Good advice we all should bear when it comes to discerning the multiple voices that arrive at our ears every day, for we were of one speech at a time, and now we are not.