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June 19, 2010

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Q: Why is Babel significant?

A: When considering the account of Babel, we know that God’s claims do not have to be “proven,” yet the evidence lines up with God’s statements about the past. Genesis 11:1–9 describes a unique revolution in human history. At first, all people on earth were literally of “one lip” and “one words.” They had the same grammar and vocabulary. But as a result of God’s judgment, their language was divided into several languages, according to “families”—which is what we find today.

After the Flood (about 2348 BC, according to Ussher) God had commanded Noah’s descendants to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1), but instead they took up permanent residence, with no apparent intention to spread out.

Mankind’s rebellion came full circle. The people earned a name for their city, but not a name of their own choosing. Their city’s name became Babel, from a related word meaning “confusion.”

Sadly, this is a familiar scenario in the world today. Nations that once feared God now ignore Him and despise His Word. Children from godly homes are rebelling against the faith of their parents. Not much has changed in the last four thousand years, since Babel.

God recorded key moments in history to warn and comfort His people (1 Corinthians 10:11; Romans 15:4). We may get discouraged by the sins of our nation and our children, but God wants to encourage us. A quick walk through the Bible’s account of Babel reveals some important lessons for us today. God is still patiently working out His plans, even though we can’t always see how.

Continue reading for a fascinating look at the Scriptural account of Babel, and delve into the details of this event that so changed history.

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