I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.
I had the blessing of teaching a lesson about the Tower of Babel. I must admit, I thought that this lesson would be rather “simple” to prepare and deliver. After all, most of the students in my class ( grade three) must have heard this story at least once , if not more, before.
I decided to start the lesson with a little game of “broken telephone” just to illustrate how communication can be difficult sometimes.
After a few rounds full of giggles, one of the students automatically made the link between the game and the lesson. So far, the lesson was progressing like a dream. The students were engaged and alert, the summary of the story was given , all was well in the land of Sunday School. And then….
The question that made a thousand teachers sweat before.
Why, why would God do that????
“Why was God angry with the people, they were not doing anything wrong?” asked one of my bright angels.
I must admit, I used to struggle with this question as well.
Taken out of context, it does seem “odd” that God would care about an architectural wonder in the making.
One must dig deeper into the story , like God dug deeper into the hearts and intentions of the builders.
You see, the builders had grown proud.
We often hear that Pride is the mother of all sin ( here is a brilliant article about this topic: The most devastating sin to the soul is PRIDE
Pride lulls humans into a sense of independence….from God. Self-Reliance replaces relying on God. Love of God is replaced by love of one’s own intellect and might which would, eventually, lead to separation from God.
What God did at Babel was an intervention – God wanted to save the people from themselves, from their pride.
Because, God’s only objective is the salvation of one and all.
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