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God Creates Languages

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12.06.17

‘God Creates Languages’

 

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.  And the LORD said, ‘Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’  So the LORD scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.  Therefore the name of it is called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from there did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:5-9)

We are looking back in earth history some 4500 years to the time of the tower of Babel.  Man disobeyed God’s command to scatter over the earth following the Flood.  Instead, they gathered together to build a ziggurat through which they could worship the heavens.

Today we are going to consider God’s response to man’s rebellion.  The multitude of languages we have in this world are due to God’s judgment, and this confounds the evolutionist; he has no explanation for human language.

What was God’s evaluation? (5).  ‘The Lord came down to see…’   Did God need to come down to see or know?  No.  This is sarcastic language regarding man’s puny efforts.

God drew two conclusions (6).  ‘The people is one’—they have one language, one purpose; and ‘nothing they purpose will be impossible for them.’ This may not be as much a statement of man’s technological potential as it is a statement of man’s potential for wickedness.

It is interesting to see the language denoting the Trinity (7). ‘Come, let us”    Compare Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image…”  The use of the name Yahweh, or Jehovah (LORD) supports the fact that God is gracious and merciful.

Like man, God has a plan. (7).  ‘Let us…confuse their language…’ Prior to Babel, as noted, there was only one language.  Now, after Babel, there are four main language groups.  These are: 1) Semitic, including Hebrew; 2) Indo-Germanic/European, including Greek, Latin, and the Romantic languages (Spanish, French, Italian, etc.); 3) Babylonian, Egyptian and other African languages; 4) Chinese and other oriental tongues.

The language barrier still exists today. We cannot understand each other unless we speak the same language.  Each language is highly complex and able to be accurately descriptive.  There is an amazing variety of sounds made by the lips, tongue, palate, teeth and vocal cords…some are guttural, some seem to pop or explode or hiss, while some rumble, and others whistle.

In defiance of evolution, the older languages are often complex.  For example, Eskimos use 63 forms of the present tense and their “simple” nouns have 252 inflections.  In contrast, English, which is a modern language has five verb tenses for most verbs [do, does, did, done, doing].

What was the result (8, 9)? Man’s wicked plans were thwarted and were no threat to God’s plan.   Mankind stopped building the city and was forced to scatter over the earth as God had intended.  This judgment was an act of mercy on God’s part.  By confusing their language and scattering them about the earth, God graciously spared their lives and gave opportunity for them to come back to Him.

Next week we plan to draw some conclusions from this important event as it leads into an entirely new period in human history.


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