Babel and Pentecost
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
The Tower of Babel is a familiar story with some interesting mirrors to the Day of Pentecost. In ancient Mesopotamia, it was not unusual for a people to build a ziggurat in an effort to reach heaven and the gods. The Tower of Babel was one such effort.
Societies and nations have never been short on arrogance and the people of Babel wanted to make a name for themselves throughout the world. The pride of their hearts drove them. Their fame would spread worldwide. God confused their languages however, and as a result, they became famous for their foolishness.
At Pentecost, the opposite happened. God took many languages from around the world and gave them one message, the message of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ and that message spread throughout the world. The Gospel became famous, as it were, not the messengers.
As God’s messengers we are privileged to continue to share that good news in the various places God places us today.