The Tower of Babel
SOME of the descendants of Noah soon began
to apostatize. A portion followed the example of Noah and obeyed God's commandments;
others were unbelieving and rebellious, and even these did not believe alike in regard to
the Flood. Some disbelieved in the existence of God, and in their own minds accounted for
the Flood from natural causes. Others believed that God existed and that He destroyed the
antediluvian race by a flood; and their feelings, like Cain's, rose in rebellion against
God because He destroyed the people from the earth and cursed the earth the third time by
Those who were enemies of God
felt daily reproved by the righteous conversation and godly lives of those who loved,
obeyed, and exalted God. The unbelieving consulted among themselves and agreed to separate
from the faithful, whose righteous lives were a continual restraint upon their wicked
course. They journeyed a distance from them and selected a large plain wherein to dwell.
They built them a city, and then conceived the idea of building a large tower to reach
unto the clouds, that they might dwell together in the city and tower, and be no more
They reasoned that they would
secure themselves in case of another flood, for they would build their
tower to a much
greater height than the waters prevailed in the time of the Flood, and all the world would
honor them, and they would be as gods and rule over the people. This tower was calculated
to exalt its builders, and was designed to turn the attention of others who should live
upon the earth from God to join with them in their idolatry. Before the work of building
was accomplished, people dwelt in the tower. Rooms were splendidly furnished, decorated,
and devoted to their idols. Those who did not believe in God imagined if their tower could
reach unto the clouds, they would be able to discover reasons for the Flood.
They exalted themselves
against God. But He would not permit them to complete their work. They had built their
tower to a lofty height when the Lord sent two angels to confound them in their work. Men
had been appointed for the purpose of receiving word from the workmen at the top of the
tower, calling for material for their work, which the first would communicate to the
second, and he to the third, until the word reached those on the ground. As the word was
passing from one to another in its descent, the angels confounded their language, and when
the word reached the workmen upon the ground, material was called for which had not been
required. And after the laborious process of getting the material to the workmen at the
top of the tower, it was not that which they wished for. Disappointed and enraged, they
reproached those whom they supposed were at fault.
After this there was no
harmony in their work. Angry with one another, and unable to account for the
misunderstanding and strange words among them, they left the work and separated from each
other and scattered abroad in tile earth. Up to this time men had
spoken but one language.
Lightning from heaven, as a token of God's wrath, broke off the top of their tower,
casting it to the ground. Thus God would show to rebellious man that He is supreme.
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