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Genesis 11: 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have [g]the same language. And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan to do will be [h]impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their [j]language, so that they will not understand one another’s ]speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore it was named Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
The Hebrew word “Babel” or Babbilim has been much debated by scholar down through the ages. Those who would claim to be knowledgeable will focus on word similarities and usage to construct some idea of why the word came to be. These are all easily researched. For us, the overarching question is, “Why?”
Why would God confuse the speech of men? Why would he scatter them far and wide? Post Noah and the flood why would God need to take such radical action against His creation?
With a little thought on our part the idea at first seems counter intuitive. But, if we really try as much as we are able to look at things from God’s perspective, the same temptations, the same arrogance and the same pretentions toward a sort of “godhood” for humans, the need to be set back, the need to work harder at communicating might well become the crucible wherein truth may be discovered.
Do you recall the marvelous revelation of Truth at the Pentecost? (Acts chapter 2) “Everyone heard in is own language.” Tie these two manifestations of the power of God together in your mind and you might just begin to understand. (More tomorrow)