Chapter 11 begins with a prideful people trying to preserve their name and build a monument to themselves that would reach to heaven. (I suspect this may be where the saying "pride cometh before a fall" came from!) Then the chapter ends with the genealogy of Shem: ten generations, ending with Terah and his three sons Abram, Nahor and Haram.
THE TOWER OF BABEL
Did you ever think about how much pride these people who lived in the land of Shinar had? So much they built a city and a tower "whose top may reach unto heaven." They wanted to make a name for themselves. I'm afraid many a fall has been had by people trying to "make a name for themselves."
Matthew 23:12 "And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
The bible is clear on
this; we are not to lift ourselves in high esteem but, rather, humble ourselves before others;
then we may be exalted. The Tower of Babel was made of mud and bricks. Most bible
scholars believe it was shaped like a pyramid but with the sides recessed at intervals.
In the picture above, "The Tower of Babylon" taken by Chris Queant just 3 years ago, we see a
tower with a round shape getting smaller as it ascends. At intervals in these towers there
were temples where images of the people's false gods were kept and religious ceremonies were
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Do you think the people were capable of building a tower that would
reach all the way to heaven?
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