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Say what?

The book of Genesis has a lot going on. I’m only 11 chapters in and I’ve already read about the creation of the world and man, the fall of man, the first murder, Noah’s ark and the flood, and I’m pretty sure Genesis is Gods version of ancestry.com. Like I said there’s a lot going on. I think the Tower of Babel in chapter 11 is pretty interesting though. The opening verse says in Genesis 11:1 NKJV, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.” As awesome as some of the other languages are in other parts of the world, it would be a whole lot easier if we still had just one language. We could go anywhere in the world and communicate. I’ve had the privilege to travel to different countries over the years and one thing I can say is that if you don’t know the basics, it’s almost impossible to ask simple questions, such as, “where’s the bathroom?” So, what did we do with the ability to understand everyone on earth? We did what everyone would do in this situation. We tried to build a tower to show how awesome we are. Genesis 11:4 NKJV, “And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” They wanted to make a name for themselves. I catch myself doing the same thing from time to time (bragging, not building a tower to heaven). I’ll do something cool and the next thing I know I talking about how awesome I am. For example, I went 40-11 in BLOPS2 the other day (which is really good for me) so what did I start doing, talking smack. Very next round I got owned by a bunch of try hards (this is all video game talk if you got lost there). Back to the story, once God came down to see the city I think He was a little upset that all the people of earth had this amazing gift of understanding and this is what they chose to do. Genesis 11:8-9 NKJV, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore the name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” If we can take anything from this story it’s the simple fact that nobody likes a bragger. The bible says that we are all given gifts. Some can talk to large crowds, some can write, some have a gift of just being a good listener. Whatever our gifts, it’s clear that we should use them for the greater good, not exploit them for our own personal gain.