Friday, June 06, 2008
4 And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven: and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building.
6 And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed. 7 Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city. 9 And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries. 10 These are the generations of Sem: Sem was a hundred years old when he begot Arphaxad, two years after the flood.
11 And Sem lived after he begot Arphaxad, five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 12 And Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Sale. 13 And Arphaxad lived after he begot Sale, three hundred and three years; and begot sons and daughters.
We began in one voice but God changed and they were scattered throughout the world. A world as we now know it with many languages, each vying to be the one language of a land. Talk about confusion, when no one understands what the other is saying. That put a crimp in things for awhile. Remember at the beginning of chapter 6 it is stated that their ages would become less as well. We must realize it didn't happen all at once but as time progressed. By the time we have reached this growth and change it has been most likely a few thousand years already. We have read of their ages when they passed away. Some close to a thousand years old and look how many family have already been born since Adam. Thousands and thousands of years have gone by. It can very easily be a few hundred thousand years. But their desires to make their name famous brought about a scattering and a major change. We do this too don't we when we do our own thing and create our own towers of Babel, our understanding becomes less as we place ourselves away from the unity we once had with God. The age we live in we have seen what the changes and what it has done. Are we doing the same as they did when they built the tower of Babel. Are we bringing about something far worse upon us for what we are creating in our world.