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En dash not Hyphen. Let's Connect x. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Daily Devotionals x. Daily Bible Reading Plans x. Recently Popular Pages x. Recently Popular Media x. One of the most controversial episodes recorded in the Bible is the confusion of tongues at Babel Genesis Like other events recorded in the first eleven chapters of Genesis, it has been classified as myth by unbelievers. Yet there is no hint in Scripture that this event should be taken as anything but literally occurring. In fact, this episode explains how and why the different languages developed.

Eastward The Book of Genesis emphasizes that as man moves eastward he moves away from God. It will also be seen later in Genesis when Lot separated from Abraham and went to Sodom. When humankind leaves the area of God's blessing, he goes to places that cause him problems. Rather than spreading out as God had ordered, they settled in the land of Shinar-a fertile land watered by the Tigris and Euphrates river. Once the people reached this plain in Babylon, they started a massive building project. The city was built in defiance of God's commandment. The building of a city would establish a unified front against God by preventing a scattering.

These descendants of Noah had been disobedient to the call of God. Make A Name These particular descendants of Shem wanted to make a name for themselves instead of glorifying God. There is a play on words in the Hebrew with respect to the word name in this section of Scripture. The builders, the descendants of Shem, Hebrew sham wanted to make a name Hebrew sham for themselves.

Instead of making a name, they will end up scattered and the name of their city verse 9 will be Babel confusion.

The fact that they wanted to make a name for themselves will be contrasted to the account of Abraham in the next chapter-where God Himself makes a name for Abraham. Why Build A Tower? Once settled, they built the Tower of Babel as a monument to their own greatness-to make a name for themselves.

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Though Scripture does not give us the exact reason as to why they built this tower, there are several possible reasons. Protection From Another Flood A traditional view states that the tower was built by the people to protect themselves from another Flood. The phrase whose top may reach unto heaven is a figurative expression of great height. The tower was built high enough for the people to gain revenge against God-should He attempt to drown the inhabitants of earth again.

The problem with this view is that God clearly promised not to send another Flood Genesis ; Furthermore, why build a tower on a plain if the purpose was to be too high for floodwaters? Tower To Reach God Some critics of this account believe that the people were building a tower in an attempt to reach God. This is because the ancients had a belief that heaven was directly above the earth, and if they built a tower high enough, they could reach the presence of God.

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If they constructed this gigantic tower they could have thought that its tops would have pierced the vault above them. From this vantage point they could establish their own importance in the sight of humankind and God. There is nothing in the text to support the view that the people thought they could reach God's presence by building a tower. Ziggurat A popular view is that the people were building a Ziggurat- a tower built for the purpose of worship of the heavens.

This meant the people were practicing the art of astrology rather than worshipping God. Yet the Hebrew word translated tower is migdol which simply means tower. In addition, the passage does not teach that the tower was for the purpose of worship. Prevent A Scattering We know the builders wanted to make a name for themselves rather than obeying God's commandment to be fruitful and multiply. Hence, they attempted to build a monument to their greatness. The monument was to set themselves up as a power-center to their own fame, glory and ambition. They wanted one united government that would rule over all, in defiance to the commandment of God.

The Scripture itself tends to support this as the proper way of understanding why they built the tower. When God laid out the blueprint for the construction of His Tabernacle and the furnishings contained therein, He called for the use of gold, silver, and precious stones. When John beheld what the New Jerusalem will look like, the Jerusalem built by God, he saw walls of precious stone, gates of pearl, and a city adorned with gold so pure it looked like clear glass. When man attempted to build a tower that would reach the heavens and preserve his name forever, he used bricks of mud and slime for mortar.

What the people did at Babel deserved the righteous judgment of God and He could have simply wiped them from the face of the Earth. But God chose instead to divide man by confounding his language. This division would compel them to obey His command to disperse and fill the Earth, even though they had resisted it before.

There is no doubt that mankind is very capable of accomplishing great things and the greatest of these things are accomplished when man is united in his purpose. Common culture and language serve as very powerful forces that bind men in their efforts. All the nations of the world would still share the common purpose of defying God, but their ability to unite together in their efforts would now be restricted by the language barrier.

On the Day of Pentecost, in Acts Chapter 2, God would lift the barrier of language for the purpose of uniting mankind in his ability to come to the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone would be able to hear the Gospel preached in his own tongue and would be able to respond accordingly.

We will also share a common purpose. But that purpose will be to honor God and to seek glory for the name of Jesus Christ, not glory for our own. Hi Loren Very interesting post and a lot of knowledge here for sure Thanks for sharing,and hopefully we will bow down and repent before God and not repeat the same things our ancestors did.

Have a good night Loren.

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Love you. Like Like. Hi, this is a great post. Man is so bent on his ways that even despite what God does, he will continue on his own evil path. The flood was not enough. They start to build a tower. But God had declared that He would not wipe out the face of the earth again so He confounds their language. Thousands of years later, man has not changed. Just goes to show the nature of man. How did you deduce that? Is it just your own personal interpretation? What is your reasoning to support your claim? To be honest, I never would have imagined anyone would have stood up to defend Nimrod when I wrote this!

I felt that most people understood that he was a villain. Hebrew prepositions are not always as confined in meaning as English prepositions and can be interpreted in more than one way. Why do I choose to believe that he was turned away from God? Nimrod founded Babylon and, as we read from other passages in the Bible, Babylon is not a good place. Revelation says,. Are we being told that he was really skillful and shooting arrows at deer?

Is that something we need to know about him? To better understand the Bible we should use all available resources, including comparing other portions of Scripture and examining the texts in the original languages. Doing so led me to the conclusions I wrote in this article. Additionally, there is a great deal of commentary support from scholars and theologians who view this passage as I do. But to make the accusations you have made demonstrate your lack of familiarity with the passage and some of its historic interpretations.

My problem is that the bible does not go into great detail as to what Nimrod supposedly said or claimed, neither does it give any historical facts about him. Yet so many scholars seem to interpret that Nimrod ordered the building of the Tower of Babel with the express purpose of going to war against God- again, this is not recorded in the bible. I just cannot accept that people would add to the text- the bible is its own interpreter and we have no right to just assume what we suppose or wish to be true.

Everyone has a right to their own opinion- but that is just it-a personal opinion. The problem is when we expound that personal opinion as fact. Fact is based on evidence, not on assumption. There are so many opinions from said learned scholars that is taken as truth today. We hold as truth that which said learned scholars claim, not realizing that it is all but their own fanciful interpretation and not the absolute truth.

So, I do not agree with your viewpoint, but that does not make us enemies not as far as I am concerned so I do not feel the need to question your integrity.

I merely seek the truth and understanding. The bible has endured for centuries; who are we to try an colour it today? So, according to your logic, we are unable to say anything meaningful about the Bible that is not specifically spelled out in black and white.

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No commentaries should be written, no sermons preached. Just the text of Scripture alone, right? Of himself or of someone else? The Ethiopian eunuch was reading Isaiah 53 which does not mention Jesus Christ specifically. Should we ask him how he deduced that and on what grounds he concluded that? Because the Old Testament never says that. Or what about the Apostle Paul when he says,. I assume that you would disagree with his conclusion since the Book of Numbers never tells us specifically that the events recorded therein are given for instruction of those who would read of it later?

The Bible has indeed endured for centuries, but the practice of Hermeneutical interpretation has been conducted since the beginning. If you do not wish to concede that Nimrod was a villain because the exact words saying so do not appear in the text, then fine. It is not a doctrinally crucial issue. But it is not just this point that you are rejecting in what you have said, but the entire practice of Biblical interpretation. You said that you do not feel we are enemies, very well.

But you certainly did call my integrity into question in your very first comment. Who said this? The people of Babel. Do you truly suppose that the founder and leader of the city was not there among them? My sole question was for the source of your material wherein you claimed the following:. If you can kindly point out that specific text in the bible, then I would be satisfied.