Summary: The sin of Babel. The sin of the world now. What is God looking at our lives to fulfil the desires of our heart.
Genesis 11:1-9 1Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4Then 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
After the flood God said to Noah: Genesis 9:1 “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” God’s plan was for them to spread, fill the earth, multiply, and be fruitful. When we come to Genesis 11, sure they were increasing but their hearts devised their own ways to prosper. Noah’s great-grandson, Nimrod became a world leader who he rebelled against God’s plan and decided to construct a tower that reached the heavens. God in turn confused their language, divided people groups, and scattered them throughout the world.
We are going to take a look at the sin of Babel which led God to do this and therein we find many sins man is still struggling with even today.
I. Sin of Babel.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact sin is lawlessness. (disobedience).
Genesis 11:2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. After they departed the Ark in what is now Turkey, they traveled South until they came to a place the Bible names as Shinar (present day Iraq) and settled down. Shinar is the area of Babylon when the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers join before flowing into the Persian Gulf. This is well drained and fertile land, and they felt this was good for them. They disobeyed God by settling in Shinar when God wanted them to move on and be blessed.
Most of the time, our thoughts of blessings is not what God’s plans of blessings are in our lives. We may look at our circumstances and surrounding and say “I think this is the place of my blessing.” Your plans maybe good in human understanding but if it is not in line with God’s word and will in your life, it will never be a blessing.
James 1:14-15 14But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (When we reach certain places the devil will tempt us to settle for the least and take us away from God’s best.) 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
2. Love of security.
Human race is fighting for security and the pitfall is that we develop a false sense of security. Genesis 11:3-4 3They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city.”
They wanted to be secure and they found security in their own works, not in what God said them. Listen, they built a city, so obviously they built a fortress around it. If there is a city, there are homes in it. This gave them a false sense of security. So when God asked them to spread, they found their security in building homes and securing their city. By the way now they could avoid being dispersed around the whole earth.
Let me ask you a question: Who is your security? On what things are you trying to secure your life? Everyone naturally wants to be safe and secure, that is why we buy homes, have insurance, do savings etc. I am not telling these are not needed, but what I am telling is our security is not in the things that we can do for ourselves but it should be on the Lord. One other thing to be noted is that they made their city and tower out of brick not stone. Which is a better material? Stone. This is one way symbolizing man’s trust on his capabilities who himself is made out of clay.