God continued with His discourse.
As we have previously discussed Joyce, the world in Noah’s day had gone bananas as you humans would say. It indeed had become quite wicked. The world was not a safe place to be. Of course, I protected Noah and his family. Just as with the world today Joyce murder had become the norm. Killing and stealing had become the norm. Rape and molestation had become the norm. Scamming, swindling, and con was the norm. Marrying and being given in marriage was the norm. Eating, drinking, and making merry was the norm. Sexual immorality had become the norm. If you will take notice Joyce throughout your bible reading, you will see that when sin increases sexual immorality hits an all-time high. We will discuss this more as we journey to other biblical historical events that led to destruction. Lawlessness was the norm. There was little to no justice in the land.
Viewing the world in its present status then Joyce; use your imagination to determine what the world would have been like; had it not been destroyed.
With a heart of sadness, the world was washed under by God sent rain. Yes, God sent; not natural disaster but God sent. The purpose behind the emphasis is to indicate that all weather disasters are not God sent. The first chapters of the book of Job, will bring clarity to my statement.
As previously stated, I did not relish, take delight in the death of the wicked. I did not take joy in the destruction of the wicked. I simply exercised justice in the death of the wicked. The death of the wicked at that time was a had too, not a want too. Remember I am a God of justice as well. Many would think that Noah and his family rejoiced over the death of the wicked, but they didn’t. Having been spared the destruction, the family experienced their own inner turmoil over the destruction of man. They also had other concerns as well. The re-population of the earth rested upon the shoulders of 8 people. Can you imagine their worries and concerns? There were questions of, “What if the world after re-population becomes worse than the world just destroyed? How do we give to Yahweh, a people, a world, nations that will serve him living righteously and upright? There were many concerns. The honest truth is…humans in their own strength and abilities could never have given nor produced an upright being. Remember man fell in the garden and sin was ushered into the human race. Therefore, from conception to birth all are sinners. I quote King David. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psalm-51:5)! David realized that he was “fearfully and wonderfully made,” yet he acknowledged his sinful nature from the moment of conception!
The flood did not do away with sin. In fact, the 8 people saved were considered righteous, because of their faith and walk with me. They were not crossing every T and dotting every I as you humans say. With this being said, I add…. the surprise of those who reign with Christ will be great, because man has a standard by which he judges the righteousness of man and I have a different standard. He that has an ear to hear…. Let him thus hear what has been spoken.
The saving of Noah and his family was for the purpose of preserving faith in the earth. The answer to the concerns of Noah and his family referencing the condition of the world after re-population is, “the proof is in the pudding.” The world now is the repopulated world after the flood. Remember the world has never been destroyed since the flood. From the flood to now is the repopulated world. So… Joyce what do you think? Don’t answer. Let’s move on.
The world was populated again and the whole earth spoke one language. The inhabitants were of one speech. In the travels of man, a plain was found in the land Shinar, a multitude had traveled. This multitude dwelt in that land. They were close knit. One of their major concerns was being scattered so an idea came to mind. It wasn’t a carefully thought-out idea, and this is due to limited knowledge as well a limited fellowship with me. The multitude decided that they would build a city in the plain of Shinar with their purpose being permanent togetherness. Their idea was to build a city where all could remain and a tower which top would reach to the heavens. The multitude decided that in doing this they would make a great name for themselves; a name that was above all names. The idea was put into action and the people where building and doing a very good job I must add. They had put their minds, their talents, and abilities together and was succeeding greatly in their project. Obtaining the knowledge of where there is unity there is strength and nothing being impossible being on one accord, the multitude worked.
The danger of the project wasn’t that it presented a problem for me…I’m God, the omnipotent one. Nothing and no one can destroy me. I made all things…no one made me. I am that I am.
One of the dangers referencing the tower is that there was only so far into the sky that the tower could be built before the oxygen was cut off. The idea of reaching heaven by their own means presented the problem for man. Once the idea was conceived, the heart of man and the mind of man was turned to himself. Come let’s make for us a name they said. Man was all about himself. If they could make a name for themselves by and through their own abilities, strengths, and efforts, there would be no need for God, so they thought. So….once again for the good of man I had to disrupt his agenda. The main concern that the multitude had that prompted them to start the building project is the very judgement that fell upon them. The languages were confused, and the people had to disperse. They were scattered. Many are the plans in the heart of man, yet it is I who has the last say so.
So, what was so wrong about the building of the city and tower of Babel you’ve asked. “Self-reliance.” Self-reliance is defiance. One of the instructions given to Noah and his family after the flood was to repopulate the world. The world certainly could not be repopulated if everyone lived in one place now, could it? The actions of the multitude simply said, “We know what has been instructed, but we think it would be much better if we settled in this place and stayed together. Now just if it so happens that a flood comes again, we will have this tower that reaches to the sky. Surely waters will not come this high. The tower will be our place of refuge. In our building and accomplishments, we will make for us a name. Peoples in the other part of the world will hear of our accomplishment and our name will be great.”
I will quote King Solomon: The name of the Lord is a strong tower’ the righteous runneth into it and is safe.” I will quote lyrics from a song King David sang: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength in whom I will trust; my buckler and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so, shall I be saved from my enemies.” I will quote Jeremiah; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the Lord. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”