Thursday Thoughts

United in Word

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. Genesis 11:1

Genesis 11 brings us into the generation of Noah’s great-grandchildren. As the families grew, the people migrated out, and finding a good plain of land in Shinar, they decided to settle. The people were intelligent and industrious, and they said to one another:

“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.”

It only took two generations after the flood for the people to put their own name above God’s. They were more concerned about establishing their own greatness than recognising God’s. They had disregarded the words of the Lord, so he intervened and confused theirs. The unfinished city was called Babel ‘and from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.’

This is not what God had wanted and reconciliation was always forefront in his mind. Fast-forward two thousand years and the disciples are waiting eagerly for the promised helper. “And suddenly… divided tongues of fire rested on each one, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues.” Language, which had once become a barrier to man understanding the words of man, would never be a barrier to understanding the words of the Lord.

Just like the days of Noah, people still strive to build to new heights and make a name for themselves; they would rather exalt themselves than exalt God.

If you want to make a name for yourself, make sure it is the name of Jesus. If you want to build something of renown, make sure you build on heavenly foundations, for the things of earth will pass away but God’s word remains forever.

Among the diversity of nations, cultures, creeds and tongues, God people should stand united in one language and with the same words, exalting the name of the LORD.

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