Genesis 11:4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
We are in a time of chaos and division across this country. There is a constant political battle between Democrats and Republicans. Most people are finally fed up with the Policing taking place in the Black Community; yet the Police Union and many that support the Police tactics are in stark contrast. The country cannot decide whether to wear a mask to protect each other from the coronavirus. All of that is just what has been reaching critical mass in the last few weeks. All of these issues are centuries old, but unresolved. The fact is, a house divided will always fall; Jesus told his disciples, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” This is exactly what America is witnessing on a daily basis and just as Jesus told them today, we are in need of His wisdom successfully come out of this.
Last week I talked about how the church has been divided by racial tension for centuries and why we should be one, because we all are the same. This week we take a look back at just how powerful the church COULD (should) be if it had one language and one speech. Wow, how powerful would the church be if we could be all be on one accord. Let’s see what Genesis has to tell us about this:
- God Sees When We’re ONE: “And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language” God clearly saw that the people were one and I cannot help but remember scripture on this topic. Jesus ask His Father to make us ONE just as God and Jesus are ONE (John 17:21). God is constantly looking for those who are on ONE accord with Jesus (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is patient; and He’s waiting on us, the church to manifest Jesus’ prayer for us to be one.
The problem is, like in America now we find it difficult to be one mostly because of Pride and Ego. Even the people who were on the same page, were more worried about making a name for themselves than they were about seeing God. “Come, let us build ourselves a city, 1and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” This is the same problem that we see with politicians, cops, protesters, mask wearers and those who don’t, even as noble as their perspectives might be. Sometime their “Name” or ideas become more important than doing the right thing. We need to be more like what Paul taught in Philippians 2:1 when he said “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
- When We’re ONE We Can’t Be Stopped: “this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” Nothing can be withheld; nor can any weapon formed against us prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Like these people, when the disciples got together on one accord, they’ve experienced the greatest power known to man (Acts 2:1-4). Because the people were on one accord and could do whatever they set their minds to do, and they began seeking a name for themselves, God needed to mix things up. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” The Lord came down from Heaven because the people would have succeeded in building a city and a tower all the way to heaven; because even though man makes plans, the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9). The bond of man is strong but when man is in lockstep with God, it’s a relationship that cannot be broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). We need to realize that if we ever come together as a church, ethnicity, or human race, we would be unstoppable. I dream of the day when we will be one with Christ, maybe just maybe it can be before we’re with him in paradise. What steps will you take to see that manifest???