In Moments of Pride, Remember the Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel is a Biblical account that can teach us a lot about our lives.
We see that same Trinity who was scattering in Genesis 11, uniting in Acts 2. Jesus had come, died, rose from the dead, and ascended. Then God came down. Although this time, He came down to send His Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4 says, “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 2:5 shares that every nation under Heaven was present in Jerusalem. Acts 2:6 gets even more amazing, “And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language." They could not figure out how they could each understand. “Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?" (Acts 2:8).
In Acts 2:11b they continue, “We hear them in our [own] tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God." Is that not interesting, that in the beginning of time, when there was chaos at the tower of Babel, God conversed with the Trinity and came down to the people to divide them because of their sins? Now, we see that same Trinity coming down again, but this time to create unity and deliver the gift of the Holy Spirit. Every nation was represented, and we hear them declaring the wonders of God in their own tongues! There was one language that day. One message of the gospel of Jesus. One group of people. Unity was restored.
Although we still deal with the negative effects of sin and division by language today, the gift of the Holy Spirit creates a unity among the world. When two people from opposite sides of the globe share Jesus’ love, they are connected in a beautiful way.
Are we trying to make a name for ourselves like the Babylonians? Are we striving for our own glory and honor? Are opportunities becoming about us? It is easy to take gifts from the Lord and make them into idols. May we surrender and keep God on the thrones of our hearts each day.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com