SLIP OF THE TONGUEBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.' And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, 'Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.'The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of man had built."Genesis 11:3-5-----Today's Read: Genesis 11; Revelation 18-19The tower of Babel was unique in that its primary purpose was name recognition and not deity worship.Structurally sound and architecturally pleasing to the eye, Babel was constructed as a visible means of displaying a unified, corporate-glorifying "Tower of Success."Impressive to the eye and suggestive of man's "deified" greatness,the achievement in building it was intoxifying.Everyone liked it, Applauded it,Stroked it,Touched it,Built it,And admired it ...Except God.-----Oh yeah ... What about God?What was His problem anyway?Why couldn't He get on board with man's success and enjoy it with him?Hmmm ... -God isn't concerned about man's glory;And God could "give a rip" about building him a story.Reeking with the scent of humanity and appalling in its boast of pride and arrogance,God is sickened at the sight of the tower.Implementing an "audible" division he does a most remarkable extraordinary thing:He divides the dialects of men ... and the language of "one" no longer is the language of all.In a masterful employment of swift "tongue technique" God turns the "Tower of Success" into a "Tower of Confusion" with just the slip of the tongue.Hmmm ...And the Tower of Babel is, in the end, beautifully, wonderfully, glorifying to God because it displays the "fall of man's tower" and the "Rise of God's power" through just a single breath.And it ought to take our breath away ...This terribly, inconceivably great power of God.Marvel at Him.Wonder at Him.Be in awe before Him and silence your tongue before Him;Repent of the "Babels" that your soul has erected.Repent of your desire for power, fame, name, and social recognition.Man and his "Babels" are so many ...-----Of significant interest, also, is the translation and movement from Babel to Babylon."Babylon" or "Confusion centralized and globalized" remains the pinnacle of end-time world power and imperial rule being ushered in, even now.This is prophecy and this is foretold.Babylon will again attempt to rebuild herself, and her former glory, as stated in the Bible and God will once again affirm Himself and bring to demise and destruction the final tower she erects for herself."And a mighty Angel took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, 'Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.'"Revelation 18:21-----Man has the desire to construct something for himself and of himself;And when left to himself will build his tower of Babel.That tower will come to nothing and it will not prevail in the end.The man who bows the knee before God and builds on the solid rock of Christ has got his destiny and eternity marked out for him.This man is blessed and God's tower shall not fail him.Indeed, God's tower shall become for him a refuge and he shall be made safe there.God be praised.-----Three Study Suggestions:1) Read today's study and record parallels between the Genesis and Revelation accounts.Their similarities and their outcomes will amaze you.2) Repent of "Babels" you have constructed and simply begin on your knees one more time before God.Towers fall when men fall ... on their knees.3) Give glory to God in the successes that appear before you and remain true to His calling in your life.
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