One of the amazing things about the Bible is that it repeatedly and clearly shows that no matter the extent of the efforts of people in rebellion, God's will is always going to be done. In the Book of Genesis, God repeatedly told people to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth. This was God's desire with Adam and Eve. This was God's desire with Noah after the flood - so much so that God told Noah twice. God made the planet as big as He did with the intent to put people all over it. The will of God is made clear. The purpose of God is made clear. Yet the Bible shows that mankind often seeks to operate in direct opposition of the Lord's plans, and those things never end up favorable for mankind.
In Genesis 11:1-9 the Bible documents a historical narrative that many people have referred to as "the Tower of Babel story." This portion of scripture documents how God confused the language of the people in order to spread them over the earth according to His will. The reason there are so many languages and dialects today is on account of the testimony that is found in Genesis 11:1-9. As a result, the world has had tremendous issues in communication and understanding ever since. Thus, it is important to consider why its so hard to understand each other. The Bible explains that before this time, everyone spoke the same language and the same words. This speaks to the fact that there was understanding amongst one another. For example, there are various forms of English in the United States. The way some folks speak English in the south is far different than the way some people speak English in California. Even in California, people speak much differently in places like East Los Angeles and Inglewood compared to a place like Seal Beach. Thus, though people are technically speaking the same language, there are different dialects within the language that make it difficult for us to relate to one another and understand one another. This reality has caused a great deal of challenges in schools, in the workplace, and in homes between the cultures, sexes, and generations. However, the Bible says that things weren't always this way.
Consider a world where communication is clear. It's almost too hard to imagine. This could be a tremendous benefit - especially concerning how one learns about God. One of the greatest challenges that exists today is understanding the Word of God. Even the English translations are difficult to fully digest, let alone understanding the cultural and linguistic contexts of the original Greek and Hebrew languages. Nevertheless, Genesis 11:1-9 explains that there was once a time when people understood each other and the opportunity to share the Lord and learn about Him was a good as it ever was. So what does the Bible say mankind did with such an awesome opportunity? How did mankind exercise such a blessing from the Lord? Unfortunately, the Bible does not speak favorably regarding these circumstances. While mankind had the opportunity to grow in the Lord as iron sharpens iron, mankind instead sought to exercise clear communication to built up "self."
Genesis 11:1-9 explains that as the people migrated from the east, they began to devise plans contrary to God's will. God wanted the people to fill the earth. The people exercised their communication opportunities to make plans to settle. God wanted the people mobile. The Bible testifies that mankind exercised the opportunities in clear communication to build bricks in order to erect strong immobile foundations for buildings and immovable structures. The Bible says that rather than exercising the opportunity of clear communication to unify in the praise of God, the people unified in the praise of "self" to try to proclaim themselves as gods. This was a big problem.
In Genesis chapter 10, the Bible mentioned a man named Nimrod. The scriptures confirm what secular history states, that Nimrod built up the city of Babylon, which became somewhat of an empire. Secular history states that Nimrod proclaimed himself as a god so that people began to worship him for his renown reputation as a skillful hunter and warrior. People began to say things about his family and his wife began to make up stories to sensationalize Nimrod's vision and aspirations to be powerful. As the people built the city of Babylon and sought to achieve their own dreams, desires and fleshly aspirations, the Bible and secular history agree with one another in that Nimrod led many people in pagan practices of sexual immorality and other abominations against the Living God. When mankind had the opportunity to understand one another in communication, this is the way mankind exercised that opportunity.
The Bible says that there was a unity in the world amongst the people of Babylon - though not a commendable form of unity. Genesis 11:1-9 explains that the people desired to build a name for themselves. As Nimrod sought to make himself as a god, the people of his city sought to do the same. Therefore, they built a building. They sought to utilize the benefits of their communication skills and the efforts of their own hands to build a tower to reach into the heavens. While this might seem like a silly venture to many people today, one must consider that people are still venturing to build their own ways into heaven in equally vain and silly ways. There is a big problem with the presentation of mankind and the natural habits that people demonstrate. When given the opportunity to do well with the provision of God, mankind consistently shows that we will abuse God's grace for our own benefit and eventually rebel against Him. The testimony of Genesis 11:1-9 shows that mankind was in direct opposition and rebellion against the Living God. Since this is the case, the Bible, once again, proves that mankind is in need of a Savior since our deeds and intents are wicked and evil according to the righteous standards of God. God gives life, yet His creation seeks to live in such a way as if we are the products of our own efforts, abilities and wisdom. Yet God will not be mocked.
The scriptures go on to explain that as God recognized the efforts of His creation seeking to be like Him and remove Him from daily living, He responded in such a way that reminds us of who is in charge. God is not like us. God is holy. God transcends all facets of the physical world and is able to do anything He wants. He has demonstrated in His Word that He will do what it takes to ensure that His will is done. Therefore, in Genesis 11:1-9 the Bible explains that God removed the benefit of communication. Mankind wanted to "unify" in opposition against God, so God confused the language to put a stop to such "unity." Mankind wanted to come together as one in order to worship themselves instead of God, but God showed that His will would be done, not matter how many people joined against Him. The language was confused. The people were scattered over the face of the earth. God's will was done. The scriptures continually show that it is a futile effort to try and rebel against God. Though mankind had some success in the development of their structure, ultimately, God always comes out on top. Thus, the Bible is clear in this testimony: mankind is flawed naturally as sinners and is in desperate need of a Savior lest one be judged by a holy and righteous God who is sovereign over all things. Thankfully, this same God is merciful and gracious and has provided Himself as that means of salvation in the form of Jesus Christ so that one must only be willing to acknowledge one's fault - as displayed in Genesis 11:1-9 - seek Him for forgiveness, and submit to Him rather than seek the glory of one's self as seen in Babylon.