“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.”” (Genesis 11:4)
“…the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:9)
God is the great restorer! The people at Babel thought that by trying to build a tower, they could get to heaven on their own. So the Lord confused their tongues and they began speaking in diverse languages, not understanding each other. Thousands of years later, Jesus gave the promise of restoration. What was it?
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;” (John 15:13)
And He did. At Pentecost, God sent tongues of fire from heaven. People began speaking in different national languages. Representatives of different nations began to hear the Gospel in their respective national languages and believed. Some did not. The fact remains though, that at Babel, God sent His judgement upon sinners; while at Pentecost He sent the message of forgiveness through Christ Jesus – both using the same tool – tongues (languages). And He’s still doing it!
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O He loves us so much, doesn’t He! Not only did He give the gift of His Son Jesus, but also made sure that we all got a chance to hear this message. Truly, to praise Him, a whole lifetime is not enough!