Sunday, December 05, 2010

Jesse Tree Day #4

The Tower of Babel. There's not a Bible story more interesting.

Symbol: Tall Tower
Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9
Topic: The Tower of Babel

"God Turned Their Language into 'Babble'"
1-2 At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.

3 They said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and fire them well." They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.

4 Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let's make ourselves famous so we won't be scattered here and there across the Earth."

5 God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.

6-9 God took one look and said, "One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next—they'll stop at nothing! Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other." Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That's how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into "babble." From there God scattered them all over the world.

We live in a world where we are surrounded by different cultures. At one time everyone spoke the same language. Everyone could communicate with each other. But then someone got the bright idea to try and outsmart God. The result is the chaotic world we live in today, full of mixed dialects, crazy languages, and lack of communication.

Thank God for giving us the gift of communication. Tell someone Merry Christmas or a simple hello. Never take for granted the gift we have to express ourselves to other people.

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