Summary: This message gives life lessons found in the story of the tower of babel. I show how the power of pride, unity and communication where in a group of people and how it shaped history. It was also the introcution to my message on the Anti Christ.
Title: The Power Of A Tower
Text: Gen 11:1-9
Anyone who travels to Edinburgh, Scotland will find Edinburgh castle a tower of seemingly insurmountable strength. But the truth is that the castle was once actually captured. The fortress had an obvious weak spot which defenders guarded—but because another spot was apparently protected by its steepness and impregnability, no sentries were posted there. At an opportune time, an attacking army sent a small band up that unguarded slope and surprised the garrison into surrender. Where the castle was strong, there it was weak.
- As this castle was a monument to it’s strength and impenetrability, so was the Tower of Babel a monument to the people themselves and not to God. And it proved to be there downfall later on.
- This morning we are going to use this sermon as an introduction to tonight’s message entitled The Anti Christ and the Coming Tribulation.
- We are going to see this morning how the Anti Christ will build a tower like dynasty, but in the end it will lead to his downfall.
- Also we as people, if we are set on building our own dynasty, it too will lead to our downfall.
- So let’s look at our text this morning and see what life lessons we can learn.
- The tower boasted of great human achievement, and was considered one of the wonders of the world.
- Now the tower of Babel was not wrong in itself, but the moment it became wrong was when it took God’s place in there lives.
- We too erect our towers, for example: expensive clothes, big house, fancy car, important job.
- All these are not wrong, but when they take God’s place in our lives, it becomes idolatry.
- We are free to develop in many areas, but we are not free to think we have replaced God.
- It was the desire of the people in our text, to dominate the world and their own destiny apart from God.
- That is why the Tower Of Babel became a sore spot with God.
Ex 20:5-6 says, “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
- To the Christian, God says I will be first or we will suffer. It’s the same thought we have with our children, don’t touch the stove or you are going to get burned.
- Don’t erect an idol, or you are going to get burned.
- What can we learn so that we will not fall into the same situation.
- What life lessons can we learn that will improve our marriages, churches and lives?
- The Word shows us 3 powerful life lessons found in our text, that when applied will accomplish great blessing in our lives.
Point 1: The Power Of Pride
Verses 4 says, “Then they said, 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.”
- We need to avoid pride like the plague.
- There purpose for building a great tower, was based on pride and rebellion against God.