In the world but not of it

May 18, 2010

Bricks and stones…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“that is where the LORD confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world”. Genesis 11:9b

The people were working together in constructing the Tower of Babel. Things seemed to be going well and cooperation and collaboration were in order. But then God decided to confuse their language, causing them to give up on the project and scatter throughout the world.

Why did the Lord interfere in this effort where so many people were seemingly getting things done? Isn’t the whole idea for people to get along and work together productively?

Yes it is, as long as the intent is not to supersede God. You see, chapter 11:4 gives us the insight into their motives for working on this project…”“Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” (emphasis mine)…

We are not much different today. The “one world” effort is well underway to integrate societies and cultures, to streamline communications and ensure that whomever you work with that there is no language barrier. The problem, however, is that all these efforts are being undertaken with the same motive as the people had in the days of Nimrod…self-serving achievement and success…

Notice also that the Tower of Babel was built with brick. Brick chips and cracks easily. When the Lord builds He uses stone and even tells us in 1 Peter 2:5 that we are “living stones” being built together into a spiritual house.

Man’s efforts at unity and a one-world community are like brick at best, at first it seems to fit together perfectly but over time it will chip and crack. On the other hand, the unity that Christ brings will weather every storm and the living stones will only strengthen through it all.

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