Lesson 6: Babel
In chapter 11 of Genesis we are told that there was only one language in the earth during the time of Noah and his relatives. By this we know that everyone could understand each other, no matter where they lived. Today we are not able to understand people who live in France, Germany, Italy or any other foreign country because they speak a different language from us. In our lesson today, we are going to learn why this is so.
Our story begins in the land of Shinar where many of the people were living at that time. They decided among themselves to build a city and a tower which would reach unto heaven. By this they would become well-known throughout the earth. To build this tower they needed bricks and then slime to hold the bricks in place. However, in all their plans there was one important thing that they forgot, and that was to ask God's advice. We know that the Bible teaches that we must look to God for help and must never leave Him out of our plans. He has also commanded us to do certain things if we want to be a part of His Kingdom. We should pray to God always and ask Him for His help in everything that we do.(Luke 21:36)
Soon God saw what they were doing and He gathered the angels, and said, "Let us go down and confound the language." To confound the language means to mix it up. God made it so that these people could not understand each other when they were to talk. God also scattered them upon the face of the whole earth. The name of this tower was Babel which means confusion. Wherever these people went to live after God scattered them, their language became the language of the country. This is the reason we have so many different languages today.
1. What was the name of the tower that the people built?
2. What did God do to these people?
3. What did the people forget to do when they started to build the tower?