Genesis 11 (ESV)

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “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.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth . . . Continue Reading


Tower to Nowhere

Genesis 11 begins by looking back to the time after the flood when everyone lived in the same area (Shinar) and spoke the same language (Genesis 11:1-2).

Back in Genesis 8:20, right after the flood, “Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.” Fast forward to Genesis 11:4 and the people are building but it’s not an altar to the Lord. Rather, they are building “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.”

R.C. Sproul writes, “instead of using the ease of communication to govern the earth cooperatively for God’s glory, man rebelled and tried to exalt himself with a tall tower. As John Calvin writes, humanity gathered not to worship but ‘to excite war against God.’ Our Father then came down from heaven to see their progress (Genesis 11:5). Of course, the Lord knew how tall the tower was from heaven, but this figurative account of His descent shows how feeble man’s attempt really was. The tower that was supposed to reach into God’s abode was so tiny that He had to leave His home to evaluate it!”

The Tower of Babel (http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/tower-babel/), Copyright R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries (http://www.ligonier.org).

What was God’s response? Genesis 11:7-9 says, “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.”

Dictionary.com shows the definition of babel (lowercase) meaning: a confused mixture of sounds or voices and a scene of noise and confusion.

Oh, Father, keep me from building a name for myself. I want my life to only point to You. Amen.

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This daily process enhances my understanding of God’s Word and embeds it into my conscience. It literally gets “hidden in my heart!”

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For God’s Glory,

~Scott Quillin