Genesis 11:1-9 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech." 8 So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its
name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth.
God created Adam and Eve with the knowledge of a language. Everyone learned the same language from
birth. As the earth was repopulated after the flood the people were still learning the same language used by Adam and Eve. The people were also very intelligent and easily shared their learning with one
another. God said of them that whatever they proposed to do they would be able to do. This would be okay if sin were not involved. However, sin was involved. Sin is leaving God out of the picture. When God is left out of the picture sin ruins and destroys people, creatures, and all creation (Romans 8:19-21). The people did not want to obey God and fill the whole earth. They wanted to stay in one place. This is
merely a symptom of mankind’s sin which is rebellion against God.
God opposes those who are prideful (independent of God) but gives grace to the humble (those who depend upon God). God opposed the people building a tower to the heavens by confusing their language, separate languages were given t0 various groups of people and they were scattered throughout the earth.
Are you depending on God and receiving His grace to accomplish His purpose? Are you depending on
yourself alone and running into His opposition? If you are depending on yourself alone, you need to repent of your sin and begin to depend upon the Lord Jesus Christ. If you don’t depend upon
the Lord alone you will find a “babel” type experience in your life.