Enter the Tower that Truly Reaches Heaven
“The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. As they traveled east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there. They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth.”” (Genesis 11:1-4 WEB)
There was a time that the whole earth under the sky spoke one language.
The Bible teaches that the sky is a solid structure shaped like a dome:
“God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse “sky”. There was evening and there was morning, a second day.” (Genesis 1:6-8 WEB)
The word “expanse” in the passage above is “rakia” in Hebrew which means a solid structure that stretches out like a dome.
Mankind wanted to built a tower that reached the dome of the sky (to try entering Heaven), to make a name for themselves—based on their own strength and ability, apart from God.
The pre-incarnate Jesus came down from Heaven to see the tower that man was building, and He made an interesting statement:
“Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:5-9 WEB)
God said that the people were united, and that in their oneness, nothing would be withheld from them—there is greatness in unity.
God is not against man ascending to Heaven, but He doesn’t want them to try and do it by their own strength.
God had a plan to restore mankind and bring them to Heaven through faith and not by works—it would be by God’s goodness and not by man’s strength.
That plan is the cross, and we know that no one is saved by their works.
“yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law.” (Galatians 2:16 WEB)
The word Babel comes from the Hebrew word “balal” which means “to confuse”.
God confused mankind’s language and from then on, they lost the power they had in their unity.
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