Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
In the account of the The Tower of Babel from Genesis 11:1-9, http://wp.me/p5nZpi-2d, we were left to answer 3 questions,
- What did the people come together to build?
- What was the reason the people wanted to build ______, and
- What was God’s reaction/response to their plan?
Reading this passage you would have discovered that the people came together to build a great city with a tower that reaches the sky (v.4).
The reason they wanted to build the city and tower was that they believed it would make them famous and keep them from being scattered all over the world. (v.4)
Lastly, seeing what the people are doing, God’s reaction/response is, “the people are united, they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Let us go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” (v.6-7)
God’s reaction/response may seem a bit puzzling. You might be thinking, what is the harm of people coming together, working as a team, and having a common goal? Good question!! Working in harmony with others would seem to be a something God would encourage, not sabotage. So what’s going on here?
Before answering this question, let’s look next at Zephaniah 3:9-13, and see if those verses can give us additional insight.