Genesis 11:1-9: Which line do you belong to?
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The 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. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lordconfused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”
In Genesis 11 we see two lines. You have the line from Babel; and the line of Shem – from which Abraham, and ultimately, the Messiah, would come. To which of these two lines do you belong? In the Bible, Babel (Babylon), is not just a geographical location. It stands for an entire system: this world’s system. It’s been pointed out that it represents worldly pride, moral corruption, and revolt against God. The world system opposes God, hates Christ, and appeals to what is base in human nature. People either belong to the Heavenly Jerusalem or the earthly Babylon. It’s of note that in the book of ‘Revelation’, Babylon is identified as prostitute, while the Holy City from heaven is called the bride of Christ (17:1,2; 21:9ff). Babylon is ‘doomed’. It’s only a matter of time and then this ‘city’ will be overthrown. It’s important to know that you belong to the line of God’s people. Get out of the crumbling edifice that is Babylon. You can do this by asking Jesus to save you. He ‘’…gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father’’ (Galatians 1:4).
‘What humanity can’t achieve by means of its ‘’proud towers,’’ Jesus Christ has achieved by dying on a humiliating cross. All who trust in Christ are one in Him (Gal.3:27) and will share heaven together, regardless of race, nation, language, or tribe (Rev.7:9)…
In one sense, Pentecost is a reversal of Babel, for the people present in Jerusalem at Pentecost heard the praises of God in their own languages (Acts 2:1-12). The day will come when people from every tribe and nation will worship Jesus Christ (Rev.15:4) and the judgment of Babel will be done away (Zeph.3:9).’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘The Wiersbe Bible Commentary’ (Old Testament), p.53.
‘…Pentecost and Heaven will undo the wreck of Babel. See Rev.7:9.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.18.