Friday, December 4, 2009

The Tower of Babel and Language

When you read Genesis 11 the story unfolds about people led by Nimrod (what a name!) to build a tower to reach Heaven. More careful study tells us it was an attempt to worship the sun or the stars in what we call today as astrology. The building project was successful until God intervened and confused the people as they began to speak different languages. The tower was never completed because they did not speak the same thing. Now go with me to the Day of Pentecost.

The disciples have been waiting for the promise of the Father (Luke 24) and they have been praying and waiting for 50 days after Christ's ascension to Heaven. Now watch what happens. In Acts 2:1 the Bible states that there came a sound from Heaven like a mighty rushing wind and in that moment those who were gathered in that place received the promise of the Father. They began to speak in other languages that they had not studied or understood. Those who were hearing them said that they could understand what they were saying without a translator. Isn't this like God to bring back people from all languages and unite them for one purpose? Why do I mention this?

I mention this because I believe that when we really think about it we can do more together than apart. God's desire is for His people to be of one mind and one purpose to love the Lord.

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