5 Timeless Lessons From The Story Of The Tower Of Babel

The story of the tower of Babel is a timeless one. Before the time of Abraham and Isaac, the world spoke one language and had the same set of words. In a bid to ‘make a name’, they decided to build a tower to reach the heavens.

However, God confused their language and scattered the people all over the earth. Even the city they built was called Babel – the Hebrew word for confused.

Nevertheless, these are five timeless lessons you can learn from this popular story of confusion:

1. They had a common goal
_”Come, let us build ourselves a city.” (Gen 11:4 NIV).

Before they thought of building a heavenly skyscraper, the people settled down in the east, began to think and found a common goal.

Building a relationship should involve finding a common ground and pursuing the same goal.

2. Their creativity increased when they worked together

They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar.” (Gen 11:3 NIV)

This is another milestone the people achieved. Because they spoke one language, they had a unified mind and boosted their creativity which improved their effectiveness and efficiency.

Two heads are still better than one. Boost your creativity by making connections with the right people.

3. They ‘moved’ the Lord

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.” (Gen 11:5 NIV)

This was the probably the first time God changed location after the fall of Man in Eden.

Unknowingly, these people foreshadowed the principle of “when two or more people gather in my name.”

Fellowship with the right brethren. Very important.
4. They failed because they went for the name and fame
“…. So that we may make a name for ourselves.” (Gen 11:4 NIV)
This was the number one reason Babel failed. They were pursuing the wrong purpose. They used their unity for self-glorification and to boost their egos.
Finding the right direction is key to sustained improvement and long-term success.
5. Jesus came to reverse-engineer the story of Babel
Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15 NIV)
Centuries after the dispersion of the world, Jesus Christ gave his disciples a new language which must be preached to the ends of the earth, to the people scattered all over the earth. He gave them the language of the Good news.

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magine what we would do if we had the same language (the language of God’s love) and had one set of words (Agape, Christ, Grace, Forgiveness, Joy).
Imagine what we would achieve.
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.”_ (Gen 11:6)
Is it possible for us to speak that language?
Zamai Banje
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