So far in Genesis we have seen how the sin of mankind completely corrupted God’s perfect world. The corruption became so great, the great flood of Noah’s day was sent to bring judgment and purification.
God gave Noah and his family a fresh start in a brand new world, but it did not take long for mankind to once again establish a world set in its rebellion against God. As one, they decided to “make a name” for themselves and built a tower of defiance against their Creator. Their name and glory became more important than the name and glory of God.
Once again, God wisely intervened. He knew that if sinful, rebellious mankind would continue to work together in unity, corruption would exponentially multiply unhindered. God graciously brought division to those gathered at Babel by confusing their language. It was much harder to work together in their rebellion if they could not communicate.
How often we pray for unity among God’s people to work together to spread the truth and love of Jesus around the world! Yet, unity is not always a good thing. Evil men working united with other evil men is horrifying.