Utter Confusion!

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Utter Confusion!

One of the most inter­est­ing sto­ries in the Hebrew (Jew­ish) Holy Writ­ings is found in The Book of Beginnings.

This par­tic­u­lar nar­ra­tive revolves around a build­ing cam­paign. Let us eaves­drop on this event albeit some 3 to 4,000 years later…
1 “Now the whole earth used the same lan­guage and the same words. 2 It came about as they jour­neyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shi­nar and set­tled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thor­oughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mor­tar. 4 They said, “Come, let us build for our­selves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for our­selves a name, oth­er­wise we will be scat­tered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
6 The LORD said,
“Behold, they are one peo­ple, and they all have the same lan­guage. And this is what they began to do, and now noth­ing which they pur­pose to do will be impos­si­ble for them.7 Come, let Us go down and there con­fuse their lan­guage, so that they will not under­stand one another’s speech.”
8 So the Lord scat­tered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped build­ing the city.9 There­fore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord con­fused the lan­guage of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scat­tered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

What are we to make of this story? Is it true or fic­tional? Is the mean­ing allegorical?

The con­text of this Bib­li­cal nar­ra­tive is “post­dilu­vian” mean­ing that these events took place shortly after the “Uni­ver­sal Flood” (please see Noah– Gen­e­sis 69).

We sense that as humans were mul­ti­ply­ing through an abun­dance of child­births that they con­gre­gated in a Mid­dle East­ern city known as Shi­nar (ancient Babylon).

These peo­ple shared sev­eral qual­i­ties that were strik­ing in their abil­ity to yield pow­er­ful results:
* They used the same Lan­guage. * They had the same Words. * They shared a sim­i­lar Geog­ra­phy. * They com­bined their Tal­ents and Abil­i­ties behind a Uni­fied Project — the build­ing campaign.

Finally, the uni­fied Peo­ple were able to exploit their tal­ents and use them suc­cess­fully in the eco­nomic sec­tor. With regards to the Build­ing Project, they were of “One Mind” and “One Pur­pose” — to build a name for themselves.

The Unity of the Peo­ple caught the Eye of their Divine Creator.

With­out spend­ing too much time debat­ing why Almighty GOD dis­persed the peo­ple through lan­guage con­fu­sion, we can glean many impor­tant insights and prin­ci­ples from this narrative.

These peo­ple went from liv­ing in a state of col­lec­tive cohe­sion to now oper­at­ing in a state of bab­bling confusion.

The Tower build­ing cam­paign dis­solved in the midst of this chaos and was named The Tower of Babel (confusion).

What are the oper­at­ing prin­ci­ples at play?

First and fore­most, a uni­fied peo­ple are an Unstop­pable people!

GOD Him­self noted that, “Behold, they are one peo­ple, and they all have the same lan­guage. And this is what they began to do, and now noth­ing which they pur­pose to do will be impos­si­ble for them.

Sec­ondly, a Uni­fied Peo­ple can aspire and attain Great­ness!

These two prin­ci­ples and their proper appli­ca­tion (ethics) must be in oper­a­tion if indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, orga­ni­za­tions, enti­ties, and nations are going to be effi­cient and effective.

When there is a lack of unity in pur­pose or in ulti­mate inten­tion within a fam­ily unit, an orga­ni­za­tion, any par­tic­u­lar entity, or a nation then the ulti­mate results will be marked by chaos and confusion.

In the next few weeks I ask my read­ers to jour­ney with me as we explore how the prin­ci­ples of Unity observed in this nar­ra­tive (Gen­e­sis 11) can point us in the right direc­tion and away from the chaos, con­fu­sion, and Strife that we cur­rently see man­i­fested in many of our fam­i­lies, churches, cities, States and in our Beloved Nation.

GOD Bless You!

One of the most interesting stories in the Hebrew (Jewish) Holy Writings is found in The Book of Beginnings.  

This particular narrative revolves around a building campaign.  Let us eavesdrop on this event albeit some 3 to 4,000 years later…
“Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 
6 The LORD said,
“Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

What are we to make of this story?  Is it true or fictional?  Is the meaning allegorical?

The context of this Biblical narrative is  “postdiluvian” meaning that these events took place shortly after the “Universal Flood” (please see Noah- Genesis 6-9).

We sense that as humans were multiplying through an abundance of childbirths that they congregated in a Middle Eastern city known as Shinar (ancient Babylon).

These people shared several qualities that were striking in their ability to yield powerful results:
* They used the same Language. * They had the same Words. * They shared a similar Geography. * They combined their Talents and Abilities behind a Unified Project – the building campaign.

Finally, the unified People were able to exploit their talents and use them successfully in the economic sector. With regards to the Building Project, they were of “One Mind” and “One Purpose” – to build a name for themselves.

The Unity of the People caught the Eye of their Divine Creator.

Without spending too much time debating why Almighty GOD dispersed the people through language confusion, we can glean many important insights and principles from this narrative.

These people went from living in a state of collective cohesion to now operating in a state of babbling confusion.

The Tower building campaign dissolved in the midst of this chaos and was named The Tower of Babel (confusion).

What are the operating principles at play?

First and foremost, a unified people are an Unstoppable people!  

GOD Himself noted that, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

Secondly, a Unified People can aspire and attain Greatness

These two principles and their proper application (ethics) must be in operation if individuals, families, organizations, entities, and nations are going to be efficient and effective.

When there is a lack of unity in purpose or in ultimate intention within a family unit, an organization, any particular entity, or a nation then the ultimate results will be marked by chaos and confusion.

In the next few weeks I ask my readers to journey with me as we explore how the principles of Unity observed in this narrative (Genesis 11) can point us in the right direction and away from the chaos, confusion, and Strife that we currently see manifested in many of our families, churches, cities, States and in our Beloved Nation.

GOD Bless You!