|Genesis 11:4 |
4 And they said, "Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach to the heavens; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."1
1 Let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach to the heavens; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. This was in the city of Nimrod, and Nimrod was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah. Ham lived through the flood that wiped every man off the face of the earth except Noah and his family; yet his grandson, who was very familiar with the fury and power of God, deliberately sets to thwart God. This is THE classic example of how quickly man can turn away from the fear of God, respecting his ways, and pursue a rebellious life in severe conflict with God. This fast devolution happened time and time again and again with the judges and kings of Israel, rotating from godly rulers who destroyed the pagan temples, prostitutes, false prophets, and idol worship, only to have all the evil practices again appear throughout Israel after another generation or two. Why? Because the carnal mind of man is enmity with God and cannot stay obedient to God; and so it happened in Christianity also, beginning even when the Apostles were alive.
Conflict with God 1: Rather than think of a building "whose top may reach the physical heavens," think of a temple "whose top may reach us to the spiritual heavens." The only spiritual heaven they could reach would be the Kingdom of Hell, for demon worship, which many ancient cultures practiced. George Fox described the Kingdom of Hell as being stretched out over the physical earth; he then described the Kingdom of Heaven as being stretched out over the Kingdom of Hell. Verse 6, nothing that they have imagined will be impossible for them to do clearly suggests the use of demonic powers.
The ruins of an immense Babylonian ziggurat, or stepped pyramid, have been found near this fabled location and the romantic notion is that these remains are all that is left of the Tower Of Babel. Archaeologists examining the remains of the city of Babylon have found what appears to be the foundation of the tower: a square of earthen embankments some 300 feet on each side. The tower's most splendid incarnation was probably under King Nebuchadnezzar II who lived from 605-562 BC. The King rebuilt the tower to stand an estimated 295 feet high, which is considerably lower than many of the Middle East's mountains; and the mountains obviously did not meet the heavens. According to an inscription made by the King, the tower was constructed of "baked brick enameled in brilliant blue." The terraces of the tower may have also been planted with flowers and trees.
Conflict with God 2: To wish to make a name for themselves is the extension of pride, which is the love of the world and is enmity to God. To wish to make a name for oneself is to seek one's own glory, and is contrary to wishing to be a servant of God, and a part of his body; contrary to someone wishing to be under his guidance, counsel, and energizing spirit.
Conflict with God 3: God had told man to be fruitful and spread over the whole earth. These men were trying to do the opposite; they said: lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. When man is somewhat isolated from his neighbors, with his own land, growing his own food, he is far more conscious and dependent on He who provides the rain, who provides the sunshine, who has created life; far closer to God, than the city dweller who is distracted by food, drink, women, entertainment, games, pleasures, etc. God had told men to cover the whole earth, not to collect in cities. This was Nimrod's city. Gen 10:10. He was not favored by the Lord because he ran ahead; he hunted in front of the Lord. He didn't follow, he ran ahead.