Genesis 11:7 “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
The Bible tells us that the whole world had one language and common speech at this time in Genesis chapter 11. The people who settled in the plain of Shinar (located in Babylon or today’s Iraq) decided to build the Tower of Babel. They wanted to reach heaven on their own and make a name for themselves. They left God out, and as a result of their pride and rebellion, God confused their language and scattered them over the face of the earth. Now God’s Word, the Bible, is the only universal, unifying language, and we need Him to reveal its meaning.
A spiritual battle rages to keep us divided and confused, and Satan certainly tries hard to keep us from believing and obeying the Bible, but as Genesis 11 shows us, it may be our own pride and rebellion that is at the root of some of this confusion. Are we trying to build our own Tower of Babel by choosing what we want to believe in the Bible, in effect, making our own way to heaven? If we think we can make our own way to heaven, then like the people of Shinar, we will remain scattered as a people and a church, unable to understand each other and lacking in strength. What do you suppose would happen if all Christians committed to believing and studying all of God’s Word as truth? What kind of Christian power would be unleashed? What great revival would come upon us?
We are exhorted throughout the New Testament to be united in our faith and thinking. In Ephesians 4:12-13, the Apostle Paul states that Jesus gives believers gifts “…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God….” Again in 1 Corinthians 1:10, we are urged to “be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.” (Amplified Bible) We will never reach that unity if we continue to have an à la carte Bible. The only way to achieve unity is to believe the Bible, in its entirety, is God’s inerrant, true Word.
What will you do to bring unity in faith and knowledge to the people God has put around you?
Will you choose today to take all of God’s Word as truth and see what He will do with your faith?