Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. Genesis 11:7
I have devoted myself to refresh and relearn the German language. I may have opportunity to visit Germany in the future and I want to speak the language better than I do. So far, I have been studying and practicing for over 133 days. I am finding some things are easy to understand while other words and phrases aren’t.
This morning, as I was learning, I chanced upon this thought: Before the flood all people had one language. From Adam to Lamech we read of their genealogy and discover they lived nearly a thousand years and in that time only had one language. We are also told that the imagination of mankind was only evil continually. That led to the earth being destroyed by the great flood, and only Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives survived the great judgment. Around the end of Noah’s life we see the population grow and the peoples of the earth move to the plains of Shinar. It was in this place that the people again rebelled against God. Here they decided to build a tower into heaven saying to God, “You’ll never defeat us again.” Whether the tower was completed or not we aren’t told. What we are told is Trinity visited the site of the tower and confused the languages and the people moved off.
It only took around two hundred years to revise rebellion against God. In two hundred years the message of Noah and his sons was forgotten. The evidence of the ark, the change in the earth and the like did not hinder the people from rejecting God and instead rebel against Him. God stopped the madness by something as simple as confounding the languages. Had God not done this what more evil might exist?
The Bible has all the answers for why things are. You know, man still wants a tower to defy God. All the monuments man might build fail. Isn’t time to surrender to God?