Old Testament – From Genesis to the Prophet Jonah
The story of Babel helps to explain why we are a divided people!
Following Noah’s great flood, as his family and descendants spread out over the lands, we can readily imagine healthy communities taking shape with systems and laws agreed to manage day-to-day life and give thanks to God for his great love.
However, not everything was so idyllic. In Babylon, as the population increased, the people decided to build a city with a huge tower reaching to the heavens. It was a self-indulgent folly, they wanted power and hoped their people could ditch their nomadic lifestyle and instead, the city’s name would become famous and people would travel to them to admire their stunning tower!
As God looked down on their work and plans, He was offended saying, “If as one people, all sharing a common language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be beyond them”. (Genesis 11:6)
So God “confused their [common] language” and they were unable to understand each other, the building work on their tower stalled and they dispersed to many parts of the world. (Genesis 11:7)
The unfinished tower’s name became known as Babel. (Genesis 11:1-9)
What prevents me from talking to God? Usually, it’s my sin!
Almighty Father, open my eyes to my selfish ways. May my wants, desires and needs be those of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer: Before A Crucifix
Behold, O Kind and Most Sweet Jesus,
I fall upon my knees in Thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul,
I pray and beseech Thee
to impress upon my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a firm desire of amendment.
Whilst with deep affection and grief of soul,
I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate
Thy five most precious wounds,
having before my eyes that which David the prophet spoke,
O Good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and feet,
they have numbered all my bones.” Amen.