Saturday, June 2, 2012

Print Page Babel - Genesis 11:1-9

God created the world in 4004 BC. Man became wicked and in 2349-2348 BC God wiped out the entire planet with a global flood. The only ones saved were Noah, his family and the animals in the ark and sea. In 2242 BC, 106 years after the flood, people were still speaking the same language. They were journeying to the east and came to the plains of Shinar (modern day Iraq) where they decided to dwell. With Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah, in charge (Genesis 10:8-10) they decided to use bricks to make a city and a tower. The tower would reach to heaven. Because of this God decided to give them different languages and have them scattered around the Earth (Genesis 11:9).

There are many things to be learned by the historical account of Babel. First of all it is never a good idea to disobey God. After the flood God told them to populate the Earth (Genesis 9:7) which meant to spread out and not gather in one tiny area of the planet. Because they disobeyed, God intervened and made sure what he commanded took place. It makes you wonder what Noah was thinking since he was still alive and didn't die until 1996 BC. Also, this tells us the source of the root languages in human history.

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