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Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Tower of Babel vs. the Tower of God

In Genesis 9, the Lord commands the people of the earth to scatter among the world. However in Genesis 10-11, the people disobey the Lord and decide to follow their own leader Nimrod and attempt to make a name for themselves. The Biblical reason why their attempt failed and they were all scattered by the Lord was because Nimrod and those who followed him were not obeying and worshiping God, the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), but were worshiping the creation “instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25). There are several reasons why I believe this happened. Man is sinful, and is born into sin. Man’s own desire seeks to “build towers” to heaven (God) because man’s inner consciousness declares God exists, and that there is a need for God. In this story, man built a tower towards the heavens with brick and slime, but in today’s society man builds towards the heavens through religion, because every religion is an effort by man to try and reach God through various ways (like astrology worship). The problem is people try to reach God through the worship of his creation (animals, idols, people) which ends in the result of confusion. Man’s efforts are rather foolish, and thinking about building a tower to reach the stars shows how foolish many religions lead people into doing crazy things.

However, I think there is a solution. I believe God has built a tower, a tower to man, and that tower is Jesus Christ. Over the history of existence, man has built towers to reach God, but since the beginning, God has been reaching or building a tower down to man. It is through Christ alone. There is rest in Christ's finished work as he said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” But he spoke of the temple of his body (John 2:19, 21). Once the Tower of Babel was destroyed, it was not rebuilt. But once the temple of Jesus was destroyed (his body being crucified on the cross), he rose again. Initially I see that Jesus is illustrating the point that it's not what I can do, but it's what God has done, and only through what God has done (sending His Son to this earth to die for our sins so we may have salvation) can we receive salvation and redemption!

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