E100: 005 | Arrogant Motives


"Ever since the Fall, humans had increasingly chosen to go their own way instead of God’s. We see in today’s passage how the Tower of Babel became a defiant expression of pride. And it’s this pride that led God to confuse and scatter the people of Babel." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Genesis 11:1-9 | (ESV)

"...Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)
I like the way Tom Wright sums this up.
"We read of the Tower of Babel, whose builders arrogantly imagined they had united the world under their rule. God stops work on the tower by scattering the builders across the earth. In its place, God calls Abraham to start the family of faith through whom the nations would be blessed in God’s time and manner rather than by their own arrogance."
It was not the one language, the tower, or the city that was the problem. It was the motive behind developing these things. It was what was in their hearts. Why were they building the tower? Not to be with God, but to make a name for themselves.

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