The Tower of Babel :: The Power of Oneness

Genesis 11:6 states “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”  This verse is probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, testament that anyone can give to the power of unity. Having hailed from the the beautiful country of India, wherein the motif of the entire nation is captured in the phrase, “Unity in Diversity”, I can certainly relate to the power of unity, and, here we have not just any man, but the Lord himself who is making this declaration, that the people are one, and with such oneness there is nothing that is restrained from them, and that they would be able to do anything, that they have imagined. What a great testament this is to the power of oneness.

To get this to hit home, imagine that you want to do something, and then be certain, that with everyone working together, without confusion, toward that thing, it is only a matter of time, before which it becomes a reality. This is what God is saying, man can do, when they are one and can communicate their imaginations clearly without confusion (one language). In subsequent articles, we will learn about the dangers of such oneness, which warranted the LORD God to intervene, and confound the language of man, but today, let’s ponder upon the power of oneness.

Points to ponder:
The greatest commandment is to love God with our all – i.e., to be intimate with him; to be one with him. The second greatest commandment is to love our fellow men and women (neighbors) as ourselves – i.e., be one in fellowship with our neighbors; with God’s disciples. With such oneness, we can do great things for God and bring glory to God our Father.  I believe, this is why Jesus prayed for the oneness of his believers with him – the kind of oneness that he had with God the Father from the very beginning (John17:20-23). And when we are one with God, with us in Christ and God in Christ, we are made perfect and the world would come to know Christ (John 17:23). The Power of Oneness with God cannot be restrained – think about that. Do you want this power? If so, become one with God and his people. Love God with all, love man as yourself!

Lord, let me become one with you, so much so, that when people look at me, they do not see me, but you! 

Genesis 11:5 (KJV)
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

John 17:20-23 (KJV)
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

The Tower of Babel :: What’s will the LORD see?

Genesis 11:5 states “And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.What is interesting to note is that the LORD descended from above, to see the city and the tower that was being built by the people who settled in the town of Babel, in the plains of Shinar. This informs us of a few hidden treasures that close scrutiny unearths.  First, the LORD came down implies that the LORD is above us, not just metaphorically, but physically and spiritually. Second, the LORD came down to see what the people were building. This implies that God is interested in the affairs of man.

Points to ponder:
The LORD is interested in the affairs of our life. If God was to come down from above, what is it that he will see you and me building?

Lord, when you come from above to see what I am doing, may I be building your kingdom and your house and not trying to make myself a name by building lofty and earthly things that may even reach the heavens.

Genesis 11:5 (KJV)
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

What will God see?

Thee Bible states in Genesis 6:5 that the man was exceedingly wicked and the thoughts of his heart was continually evil. A few verses later, in verses 11 and 12, the Bible states that the earth was filled with violence and it was corrupt and everyone (all flesh) on the earth was corrupt. What is however interesting to note is that God saw (Genesis 6:5) and he looked (Genesis 6:12) and he found man wicked, evil, and corrupt.

The fall of one man, Adam, brought sin into the world which brought about wickedness, evil, violence and corruption. The creation of God, which he had seen and declared as was good six times (Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25) and once as very good (Genesis 1:31) was now corrupt. Sin brings about corruption.

Points to ponder:
If God sees you and me today, what will he see? Will he see us as wicked, evil, and corrupt? Sin bring about wickedness, evil and put our soul in the pit of corruption (Isaiah 38:17). In order for our soul to be delivered from the pit of corruption, Jesus, the One who did not see corruption  (Acts 2:31) and the incorruptible Savior (1 Peter 1:23) is needed. He is the only one who can casts all our sins behind his back (Isaiah 38:17), when we believe in him in our hearts and confess with our mouths Jesus’ Lordship (Romans 10:9).  So the question remains, when God sees you and me, what will he see? Will he see us as corrupt or will he see the Spirit of his incorruptible Son, Jesus Christ, reign in us? What will God see?

Genesis 6:5,11-12 (KJV)
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Isaiah 38:17 (KJV)
17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. 

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 (KJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.