TOWER OF BABEL

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In Genesis 11:1-9, all people in the world came together to construct the Tower of Babel to attempt to reach God in the 3rd Heaven. After sin caused God to retreat from regular visits to earth. Since Adam and Eve’s rejection abandonment of God, the Almighty God withdrew to make His permanent home in the  3rd heaven. Ziggurats were built in most of Mesopotamian dynastic cities. Since this land was the original homeland of Abraham and Sarah, the great ziggurat of Babylon was located there. After God moved Up above the world in the highest heaven, far away from the people for His Peace of Mind from the people who took God for granted since they ignored or replaced God. God allowed people to do them to do their own thing to destruction of the spirit of unity among them. God did not approve of their actions or behaviour but as a Loving Father put up with permissive will.The Babel Tower is the best known ziggurat referred to in the bible, in the Book of Genesis. As final author of that book was writing or editing his account, Babylon, or Babel, had been conquered by Alexander the Great.

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project-x1-y0In Genesis 11:1–9, says 1. the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babe because the Lord confused language of whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. 

unnamed (88)Great buildings were were some signs of development, achievement and great beauty. So people wanted to outrageously design an accomplishment never done before. Building of Tower of Babel was feat sets up interesting event in Biblical ancient Jewish history. Nimrod the leader was a mighty hunter and a master builder with taste for grand designs of ziggurats. God watched and hoped they will soon come to their senses to realize their folly to change their mind though God ‘tolerated them.’ Eventually the people realized they need God back in their lives.  Instead of calling on God to answer them in prayer, decided to take matters into their own hands to do things their own way.  They literally thought they could build Babel Tower to reach God physically to reach 3rd heaven all the way from earth. The site of ancient Babylon in Iraq with its legendary hanging gardens. 

Babel-Brueghel-detailAbove details of Bruegel’s ‘Tower of Babel’ shows with medieval military building techniques. They used enormous pulley systems for lifting large blocks of stone in the upper center. God forced them to move to scatter to faraway places of earth before they thought they could accomplish their goal. Their project was scrambled by God and languages confused so they could not communicate directly without learning each other’s languages and translating them. The Tower of Babel is true living history in the Bible which reminds the world of God’s Sovereignty will accommodate. So this story is significant ancient attempt to explain different languages spoken around world. The Tower of Babel building remains a famous symbol of unfinished human achievement to defy God in rebellion.

They had a sound track record of previous great buildings so proceeded to build Babel Tower. God had to step in to take action so confused their common language. To make them unable any more to communicate with each other. So instead of repenting and inviting God back humbly for His mercy, forgiveness, they ganged up to try to impress, confront, challenge God. Noah’s descendants in Genesis 11:4 decided to build a Babel Tower to reach God in the 3rd heaven. To create such a city to make a name for themselves God watched, laughing at them knowing it was impossible to achieve such as a feat. In addition, resources, time, money was wasted on aesthetic constructions which led nowhere.
unnamed (87)God redeems mankind through Christ inviting people to repent to return to God. Some unite against God, even more rebellious than ever before. Mankind woke up to the fact people still need God. Soon needing God desperately they used the wrong approach so invented man-made ideas concepts but did not impress God so made things worse for them. Completely unaware of how far God moved away from them. They built the babel tower but God changed their plans. Although God knew they could not reach highest heaven with the Babel Tower. God had to take back control so they were a force to reckon. They believed they were shapers of their own destiny, that nothing was impossible for them.
But they channelled their immense efforts into something that was essentially futile. Ultimately God controlled their destiny, not them. The Bible story of the confusion of their language was God’s way of letting them know this. God demolished tower and scattered them. Today man-kind speaks many languages but uses one voice to team up against God in various ways. The pangea earth tectonic plates were closer so people lived closely to each other. They travelled easily across continents on foot, by boat, rode animals to trade so did not live far apart as tectonic plates did not drift widely apart like today.

unnamed (86)Archaeologists are hoping to save these ruins of Biblical era Tower of Babel, located in Iraq. Tower of Babel reaching to the sky have been found and broadcast in BBC and other world news. Often using idealistic monumental, gigantic building projects and landmarks they may not sometimes be suitable, relevant, adequate to the place or context so wastes time, money resources, which do not bring no Glory or Honour to God. The motives are mostly to boost ego, pride, vanity, to build to displace God’s Sovereign Position to stamp rival landmarks for status or expansion. The Tower of Babel seems to be another statement of people’s desire to be independent of God. So said let us build a city and a tower with its top touching the heavens to make a big name for ourselves. Though the Tower of Babel was not completed as intended originally, ancient ruins and excavations reveal what the ziggurat structure and the foundation looked like. It may have been a ziggurat like that at Ur or a tall round tower like that depicted above. Interestingly enough the foundation of the Tower of Babel can still be recognized in Babylon today.

They chose to do own thing with the talents and abilities God put in them by trying to accomplish this feat by own power. God told them to procreate to fill the earth and multiply but they chose not to spread out to fill earth. the people were so pompous so thought they could stand up to God’s Creative Ability and Power over all the earth. They want to stay in one place to show they do as they please. They were saying they did not need God so can achieve goals separate from God.

Babylon lies 90 Kilometers south of Baghdad, and 10 Kilometers north of Hilla the road to Babylon branches of the main Baghdad-Hilla highway. The peoples who lived in the lands between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates from 6,000 years ago were many, Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians; Assyrians among others. So Babel Tower is the symbol of man’s ongoing attempt to perfect himself in their own eyes to reject God. It was pride and arrogance that caused them to try to attack God. City of Babylon, Iraq.The Tower of Babel was people’s attempt to become equal to the Sovereign Living God. They tried to compete against God’s architectural prowess by designing an impossible structure to build. It was not feasible or safe to attempt such a project. Yet they chose to build in vain the Babel Tower God did not sanction. So because their maker God did not lay or approve of their foundation it could not stand.

unnamed (1)They built own temple city to try to outwit God.  Recently a team of scholars discovered the oldest representation of Tower of Babel records in a newly published book. Carved on a black stone dubbed the Tower of Babel stele inscription dates to 604-562 BCE. It was found in the collection of Martin Schøyen, a businessman from Norway who owns the largest private manuscript assemblage formed in the 20th century. God in His Own time has set an agenda to return to earth to live among people again on His Own Terms.

6a00d8341bf67c53ef015439081e64970c-800wiMany similar building projects still take place today to aggrandize wealth to display greedy status to show off. God provides resources for fair distribution so requires motive or purpose to please and Honour Him above all else. Despite numerous attempts, God the greatest architect has already designed new heavenly city to live in on earth. God had compassion on mankind so sent His Begotten Son Christ to save and deliver all who accept Him. After rapture Christ will return again to earth with new Jerusalem City of God descending from Heaven to earth forever.

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