The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
– Genesis 11:5
The verse above refers to the Tower of Babel, and foreshadows the coming of Messiah (Christ) to earth.
In the beginning, God instructed Adam and Eve not to stay put.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
– Genesis 1:27-28 (emphasis added)
After the great flood, God repeated this instruction to Noah and his family.
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
– Genesis 9:1 (emphasis added)
The story of the Tower of Babel is the story of humanity defying God’s instruction and trying to do things their own way. Here’s how the city of Babel came to be:
Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
– Genesis 11:1-4 (emphasis added)
God wanted the earth filled and these people decided they’d rather band together, stay put, and build something that didn’t require God’s help. They ended up just babbling at each other. Notice any similarity with secularism and progressivism in our day? There’s nothing new under the sun. Man in his pomp is a creature who thinks he can exist without a Creator.
The Lord Jesus “came down to see the city” and showed there was a better way to get to heaven than a man-made tower.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, You can bring to naught the most sophisticated of human plans. Let me, therefore, seek to do Your will today, not build monuments to my ego…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)