Genesis: Tower

Genesis 11:1–32

This story about a tower in Babel makes me think of three words: teamwork, pride, achievement.

Keep in mind the question: Why do the writers of the Bible tell us this story?

Teamwork: Imagine a world where you never have to take foreign class. Because there aren’t any other languages. Imagine a world where you never take an anthropology class. Because there are no other cultures.

Imagine a world where you’re never misunderstood. Which leads to…

Achievement: You are powerful. When you partner together with others, you are a force to be reckoned with. The Image-Bearers of the Almighty are capable of great things. Their potential for creativity, ingenuity, and innovation shape the world.

And at this point in the Story, that’s a problem because of…

Pride: Notice let us make (v 3), let us build ourselves (v 4), let us make a name for ourselves (v 4). In science, a black hole is a radiant star that has collapsed in its own gravity. The Image-Bearers have collapsed in sin and become of black hole destroying everything in their path.

This is now the third time in Genesis that God has blocked the efforts of humanity, drawn a line in the sand No farther: the exile from Eden, the flood, and now the tower.

Have you seen a wandering toddler in a restaurant? And suddenly the parent sweeps them up before they find themselves in the kitchen, or worse a stranger sweeps them up. I wonder if this is like that.

So what about you? What do you see?


About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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