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The Aftermath at Babel

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12.13.17

‘The Aftermath at Babel’

 

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 11:8, 9)

There is a new language program for sale that you may have seen advertised.  It is called ‘Babbel.’  It is, of course, named after the famous Tower of Babel that we have been considering.  Babel in Akkadian means ‘gate of the gods,’ while in Hebrew it means ‘confusion.’

We come to our concluding lesson on our study of the first eleven chapters of Genesis.  I remind my readers that these chapters are pivotal in our understanding of the Word of God.  If they are fables, then the rest of the Bible is suspect, for both Paul and the Lord Jesus referred to them as real history.  If they are true, then the remainder of the Bible can be trusted to be truth, and we are responsible to obey it.

Mankind had revolted against the LORD following the Great Flood by staying together and building a tower to demonstrate their strength and unity, and worship false gods.  God saw what they were doing and brought judgment.  This judgment was in the form of languages. Whereas there had been only one language, now mankind must scatter to be with those whom they can understand.

Man’s wicked plans were thwarted and were no threat to God’s plan.  The Psalmist (Psalm 2) tells us that God laughs at man’s futility.  They stopped building the city.  They were scattered abroad; they obeyed God despite themselves.  It was an act of mercy on God’s part.  God graciously spared their lives and gave opportunity for them to come back to Him.

What were some of the reasons for God’s judgment and mercy?  One, it restrained the evil of man at that time.  Two, it continues to restrain man’s evil today. Nations serve as a check to one another.  Three, it limits the persecution of Christians.  Four, it demonstrates God’s power and creativity, showing His glory.  And five, it makes missions more difficult as people need to learn the language of those to whom they wish to minister. Yet, there will be people from every tribe and language in heaven so God gets the glory (Rev 7:9-10)!

In one sense, the damage done at Babel was undone at Pentecost.  The people heard the praises of God in their own language. (Acts 2) One day the restraint of languages will be removed and there will be a one world government, a new Babylon.  God will also judge the second Babylon, and reign forever!  During the Kingdom Age, there will again be one language spoken by all as predicted in Zephaniah 3:9: For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.

The next event on God’s prophetic calendar was to choose one man out of all the earth to start a special nation.  That man was Abraham, and through him would one day come the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, who came to forgive the sins of all who repent and trust in Him.  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.’ (Gen 12:1-3)


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