Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on Genesis 11.
“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven…” (Genesis 11:4a).
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the
children of men builded” (Genesis 11:5).
Moses reports that in the time after the flood men
came into the land of Shinar and said, “Go to, let us build us a city and a
tower….” The mention of a tower likely indicates that they thought to defend
themselves, rather than depend upon the protection and provision of the LORD.
Moses adds of their design for this tower, “whose top may
reach unto heaven.” Many have seen spiritual significance in this
description. These men literally had lofty visions of what their status would
be. The sky was the limit. They could lift themselves up by their ingenuity and
labors “unto heaven,” into the abode or realm of God himself.
So, it is a picture of man in his pride. In the
Scriptures we often read of a contrast between God who is in heaven and lowly
man who is on earth. Consider:
Psalm 115:16: “The
heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he
given to the children of men.”
5:2: “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any
thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore
let thy words be few.”
There is a sense here of men leaving their rightful station or
standing in life and attempting to put themselves in the place of God.
We soon read, however, in Genesis 11:5, “And the LORD
came down to see the city and the tower….” What we are being taught here is that the actions
of man on earth never go unnoticed by the LORD. He may be quiet for a season.
He may give men over to their own devises and inclinations, but there always comes
a time when he arrives to inspect the cities we have built and the towers we
Meditation on this account in Genesis 11, may lead us
more soberly to heed the exhortation offered by the apostle Peter, “Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due
time” (1 Peter 5:6).
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle