1. Welcome to Baptist Board, a friendly forum to discuss the Baptist Faith in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

Tower of Babel?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Reynolds, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Reynolds

    Reynolds Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2014
    Messages:
    10,008
    Likes Received:
    1,768
    Faith:
    Baptist
    I have often wondered what the real motive behind The Tower was. Scripture is a bit vague
    I can't help but think that due to the timing of it's building, the real purpose was to make a tower so big and so tall that God could (in their minds anyway) not destroy them with another flood. I am sure they had forgotten Gods promise not to do that.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2001
    Messages:
    10,113
    Likes Received:
    1,397
    Faith:
    Baptist
    The statement of the builders indicates a twofold reasoning for their purpose:
    • let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven
    • let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth
    This statement of purpose does not give any indication of reaching up high above possible flood waters, but more of a unifying city with a unifying purpose. The city would be a place to live. A tower in the heavens would be a beacon to all. They wanted to have a name (which may suggest the desire for power and fame, and perhaps putting their name in place of God's name), and they did not want to scatter across the whole earth -- in contrast to God's command, Genesis 9:1.

    God's judgment broke up their plans, and in contrast to the building of the city, the work was abandoned. In contrast to banding together and making a name, God scattered them (Genesis 11:8). So it seems that God's judgment addressed the two things of their intent, with no hint of anything about a flood.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. 37818

    37818 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2018
    Messages:
    6,708
    Likes Received:
    558
    Faith:
    Baptist
    God's purpose is also summarized, Acts of the Apostles 17:26-27, ". . . and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, . . ."
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. AustinC

    AustinC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2020
    Messages:
    3,931
    Likes Received:
    763
    Faith:
    Baptist
    The best explanation I have read comes from "The Promised One - Seeing Jesus in Genesis" by Nancy Guthrie.

    Essentially, man attempted to rise up to be God (like Satan tried). Instead, we see that no matter how high the tower was, God still descended to man. God then showed his authority and in love he gave different languages so that mankind would know their need for God by being separated. Now bring in Jesus. Jesus comes and brings unity. At pentacost we see God showing the unity of all nations in Christ by giving the believers the gift of tongues, which testified to all nations regarding the unity of all who would believe under Christ's redemptive work.
    Babel separated so men could not worship themselves and would know their need (an act of love by God). The cross unified and brings all nations tribes and tongues together through Jesus atoning sacrifice (an act of love by God).
     
  5. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    May 22, 2002
    Messages:
    10,816
    Likes Received:
    635
    Faith:
    Baptist
    Well, I don't have the answer, but I do have a side story.

    I was teaching the Tower of Babel once in Vacation Bible School to 5-year-olds. I am a firm believer in digging as deeply as you can with small children. They can handle it.

    I also teach with questioning techniques. It always brings explosive results.

    As I told the story, we built a very tall tower with wooden blocks - on the table. You'd think they weren't listening to me, but they were.

    After the story and tower were finished, I began the questioning. I made them put their hands in the laps. I said, "God could have just knocked the Tower down and destroyed it. Why do you think he didn't do that?"

    One 5-year-old boy raised his hand and said, "Well, you know those people were so bad that they would have just built it right back!"
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Winner Winner x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  6. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    30,672
    Likes Received:
    1,430
    Faith:
    Baptist
    The Tower happened about 100 years after the Flood.
    Which means Noah was still alive -as well as his 3 sons

    I'm sure they told their offspring why the Flood happened -
    yet the descendants still went into wicked ways.
     
  7. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    9,462
    Likes Received:
    655
    Faith:
    Baptist
    Explained by the Flannelgraph Televangelist, Beka Horton

    Video Here

    beka.JPG
     
  8. JonC

    JonC Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2001
    Messages:
    21,402
    Likes Received:
    2,442
    Faith:
    Baptist
    In ANE thought they built towers not to get to their god but to get god to come down to them (and the city would be a great city). The tower was usually in temple cities but did not constitute the temple itself. Offetings of food was often left atop these towers.

    I suspect the Tower of Babbel was along these lines. In a way, it was an attempt to recreate Eden.
     
Loading...