Now 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.” Genesis 11:1-3
You just knew these people would begin to get into trouble again. They must have been bored when they decided to build a skyscraper…to make a name for themselves. They were beginning to disobey God when he said to spead out over the earth. The world is enormous, but they chose to stay where they were and build a monument to themselves. Now, did they believe that they could build a building more than 100 feet with the technology and means they had at the time? Probably not, but they were going to try. If they built it 30 feet high, why not double that?
Well, of course we can build skyscrapers more than 1000 feet high with our methods and technology. We can even make those structures fireproof, hurricane proof, water proof, and earthquake proof. But we are quite a scattered people. Twenty different language are spoken within the building crews when these skyscrapers go up. People may speak and write in their own languages, but the building plans and diagrams can be read by all. So why was the Lord upset with them.
Simple. He told them to spread out, but they built up. They were conceited in their thinking. They might not have understood why the Lord wanted them to spread out at the time, but that’s not the point, is it? In fact, they might have been several generations removed from the original command. They knew what they needed to do but didn’t do it.
I’m starting to see a pattern in history. God creates. God gives man a command. Man breaks the command. There are consequences, and usually none to man’s liking.
We’ve seen this over and over and over again, even in our own lives.
Will we ever learn? Can we ever learn?