Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Going vertical has been a goal for mankind for a long time. Seems like every nation wants a tallest tower. The achievements of man bring fame. They stand as a symbol for what a city and perhaps a nation stand for before men and God.
If you have seen movies about the tower of Babel, you might have seen the king of Babel waging war against God. Scriptures do not say that. This one verse was enough to cause God to come down and confuse their language. So why do film makers take liberty to say it was making war against God?
God’s word says it was because “nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” A word associated with imagination is vanity. A vain imagination is one with desires to do unfruitful endeavors. So what is it that is vain in building a tower to heaven? Is their desire to see the face of God?
If that is a vain effort, then what is God trying to prevent?
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
1 Corinthians 1:26c not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
God is not found in the high places, but rather in the low.
Luke 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Genesis 2:18b It is not good that the man should be alone;
There have been times in my life when I felt alone in a crowd. Obviously you cannot be alone in a crowd, but the sense of being alone doesn’t have anything to do with your present surroundings. It is emotional and therefor does not have to be based on reality. Perception is after all a condition of the individual mind, particular to the one affected.
I have tried looking at this from the origin identified in scripture and find little that causes me to understand that which Adam was experiencing that I could draw upon. Adam had God to walk with daily. God shared His creation with Adam. God gave Adam work and responsibility. Nothing was indicated that Adam was not up to those tasks.
The thing unsaid holds the key. Unspoken emotion was the cause for God’s concern for Adam. God knew what was going on in Adam’s heart, even if Adam did not know how to express it. Alone is a singular state of emotional existence, the word itself defines the emotion. The emotion is real even if the reality is not. But why?
Over time I have come to know God, who He is in my life and what He has done for me. God loves me and has provided for me. The nature of God’s love is perfect and true. It has effect upon those who experience that love. Perfect love all about selflessness. Perfect love needs an object of reflection. One cannot know that your love is real unless it has a recipient, an object of affection.
Alone is the absence of a reflective object of affection. If you do not have that connection of affection, no amount of people crowding in on you can take your loneliness away.
I heard a song today with the lyrics “All I need is Jesus.” Not teue. I need someone to share Jesus with.