Gen. 11:4 – And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
There has always been a desire in fallen man to establish a government or a a type of brotherhood of man without God being involved. The Tower of Babel is one of those earliest attempts to unite mankind in a sort of allegiance outside of the authority of God. The Bible teaches that this is the spirit of antichrist and it will come to manifestation in the days just before Christ returns. We see the evidence of this today in the international push for a globalization of mankind, you know the drill, “We are the World”. It’s plastered in front of us at the Olympics every few years. Now don’t get me wrong, I love international completion as much as anyone. I am just not going to join together in the Olympic spirit, the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God. If Christ is not your Savior and His Father is not your Father, then I am not your brother.
This dividing of tongues and races by the Lord after Babel really becomes more understandable as we see the pressure for globalization mounting. The Lord has provided a way for us to experience the unity of the races. God’s way is forgiveness of sins, accepting Christ into your heart, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. This is the reverse of Babel as we come under the Lordship of Christ. Here are some thoughts from the Pulpit Commentary on today’s verse.
“MAN’S BABEL IS A LYING PRETENSION. It rests on an attempt to substitute his own foundation of society for God’s; it is —
1. False safety — the high tower to keep above the flood.
2. False ambition — reaching unto heaven, making a name with bricks and mortar.
3. False unity — “lest we be scattered abroad.”
These are the characteristics of all Babel despotisms. Material foundations to rest upon; lying structures built upon them.”
Our present world, racked by Covid 19 and a vicious culture war, is crying for the answer to the world’s hurt and division. The worst thing we can do is try to have a conversation about these issues without Christ. Actually we can never talk ourselves into a solution. Accepting His solution to racism and sickness is our only way out. Pentecost, full on Holy Ghost outpourings, is the only solution to our current dilemma.