BABEL TO PENTECOST

Gen.11:8,9 – So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called 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.

We live in an unusually dangerous time. For those with no spiritual insight we easily become tossed to and fro by whatever news report or public opinion pressure happens to be on the agenda for that day. We are navigating between the toxic viral infection called Covid-19 and the racial quagmire that is strangling our culture. I believe they are both dominated by behind the scenes spiritual forces that are trying to silence the church. Good luck with that!!! Parris and I were recently talking about these issues and their relationship to Babel and the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. For those of us who are baptized in the Spirit, practice Spirit-filled living as a lifestyle, and embrace the Protestant/Pentecostal theology of the Bible, this is our moment. Racism is bound in the heart of fallen man and became more prevalent after the events of Babel. Pentecost is the only solution. Check this quote from the children’s publication “Answers in Genesis”.

“At the time of the Tower of Babel, all the people in the world lived in one place. Because they were all together, they all spoke the same language, practiced the same culture, and contained a vast gene pool that kept them all looking very different even though they all lived in one place. For instance, a mother and father could have had four (and more!) children that looked nothing alike!

But people of Babel had disobeyed God by staying in one place, for he had told them go forth and inhabit the earth. Because they disobeyed him, God confused their languages. Changing the languages forced the people to separate and inhabit different parts of the world.

Because the people at Babel were separated into smaller groups, their gene pool was also significantly limited. As a result, certain dominant characteristics developed in each people group. Over time, humans started believing that some people groups are better than others. This belief is racism, and it is sinful.”

Racism is prevalent in the whole earth. It is not a matter of skin color but the divisiveness that is bound in human hearts. There are plenty of European people who hate other Europeans; the same can be said of Asians, Middle Easterners, or Africans. The solution, as always, is found in God’s book. The cross cleared away our sin, the resurrection gives us a new heart, and Pentecost empowers us to live this new life. Today is our moment to shine. The Lord is raising up diverse spiritual communities in these last days to display His glory in the earth.

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