Our Sunday tour devotion in Nashville was based on the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. It's a passage I've shared with the guys before, but as my focus on this tour has been to talk about 'building' then it seemed very appropriate to re-visit this sad tale. Here's the summary:
*As a result of mankind's action the world moves from being a place of one people with one language, to a world of many languages and cultures-and the difficulties and tensions coming from these differences.
*The problem stems from the fact that the people would rather settle than continue their journey- v.2
*Settling down, becoming complacent rather than wanting to move on spiritually, always ends badly and here it produces Babylon-all that is opposed to Zion. Settling produces systems and structures that oppose God.
*The people realise that God is a builder, but they begin to build with the wrong material-v.3
*They build with man made material-brick, rather than material made by God- stone.
*Bricks are a mixture, and the people didn't see that purity is required to build in a Godly way.
*Their motivation was completely selfish-they wanted to make a name for themselves, rather than glorify God.-v4
*Lots of things that oppose the Kingdom of God succeed because of the agreement of man-v.6
*But the secret of eternal success is a shared vision-firstly with God, and only then with other men.
*God's 'come let us' -v.7 is always stronger than man's 'come let us'-v.4
*God dispersed the people because of their rebellious pride. Even the greatest of human powers cannot defy God for long and survive. v.8-9