In Genesis 11 we see that God confounds the language of the people who seek to make a name for themselves as they attempt to build a tower whose top would reach unto heaven. The tower of Babel hence got its name (Genesis 11:9). The etymology of the word “babble” has to do with Babel. In fact even the word Babylon (a rebellious/sinful city of materialistic and sensual pleasures) has its roots in the confusion of speech. The beginning of the kingdom of Nimrod, a mighty hunter from the line of cursed Ham (one of Noah’s son) was Babel (Genesis 10:10). Nimrod in Hebrew means “we will rebel”. People rebelled and the Lord confused them.
But did you know that the Lord has also promised that there will no more Babel? This is in fact the Promise of Conversion wherein God says that He will turn to the people a pure language (No more Babel). Why? Not because they can make a name for themselves, but because they may all call the name of the LORD and to serve him with one consent/accord (Zephaniah 3:9). Eventually, Babylon will fall (Revelation 14:8, Revelation 18, Revelation 19:1-6) symbolically meaning that there will be no more rebellion against God because he will make his enemies His footstool (Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:43) and those who repent and have believed in Jesus Christ, the one true God (John 17:3), will have one language to call on His Name and serve Him. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess (from every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation) that Jesus Christ is Lord (Revelation 5:9, Philippians 2:10-11). When people repent, the Lord converts them and removes all confusion and doubt.
Point(s) to ponder:
- If we rebel, there is Babel (confusion).
- If we repent, no more Babel.
And at the Lord’s appointed time, rebellion will be dealt with and fall – and there will be no more Babel.
Genesis 11:4,9 (KJV)
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Zephaniah 3:9 (KJV)
9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
Revelation 14:8 (KJV)
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
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