And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
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.

Go to, let us (plural) go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
So the LORD (singular) scattered them abroad from then upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from then did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Genesis 11

Human life was precarious 4300 years ago when the Babel story was recorded. The people did not have any central authority or government other than the family unit. There were no police to protect them from marauding bandits. There would have been no organized religions. With no clocks other than sunrise and sunset, life was a matter of survival from day to day.  I suppose many people worshiped the sun, the moon and the stars, and the Earth that produced sustenance from the dirt to support human life.
These days we treat the Earth and people like dirt, polluting the rivers, lakes and streams and even the oceans, all in the name of money, business, progress and jobs.

This Living Earth may be ready to cut off it´s life sustaining power and regurgitate us for destroying it.

And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.

Revelation 11:18

In my view, this 4300 year old Bible story speaks to both our history and our common future. Humanity has evolved.  Every Nation has its high towers as symbols of it´s economic prowess. We have reached the Heavens. Mankind has landed on the moon and sent satellites into deep space. We have come a long way.

On Earth, we are still divided by language, even within the same language, with competing interests and beggar thy neighbour attitudes, rather than having a common purpose for the Common Good of Mankind. If we continue to remain blind to all the signs of the times shouting Change!!! then as a species, we may not be worthy to continue much longer.

To this very Day the people babble on and babble on and not much is resolved!

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For ALL NATIONS have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation 18


  1. Pentecost is celebrated this week.

    “This day is about the church as the community of the Spirit, not merely about the work of the Spirit in the hearts of individuals. Babel results in disconnectedness, in a confused individualism. The church implies reconnectedness, such as that set forth in Paul’s metaphor of the church as a body having many parts, each different but in need of the others. (Laurence Hull Stookey, Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (Abingdon, 1996), pp. 75-77).


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