Genesis: Tower of Babel Gn 11:1-9 by: Michelle Ramirez
The main idea/important event in Gn 11 is the reconstruction of the world after the Flood and the selfishness of the people in wanting to create a city and tower to make themselves looks better. The first thing that happens is the people are building this city that will make them look good. The people believed that if they built this tower, they would be able to stay together and not be scattered across the earth. Next, God came to visit the city and he saw that the people were very selfish and too proud of themselves. He said that the people were too comfortable with each other and that he must separate them in order for them to be more open to new things. Finally, God decided to spread the people out all throughout the earth to create the idea of diversity. A life lesson we can learn from this passage is to be humble because if you are not, the thing you are most proud of, can get taken from you easily.
"Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth" (Gn 11:4).
"..nothing they presume to do will be out of their reach. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that no one will understand the speech of another" (Gn 11:6b-7).
"So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city" (Gn 11:8).
Be humble, everything gets taken from you when you aren't