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Humans have never really stopped building “towers” like the one at Babel. You see, the people back then disobeyed God and refused to spread out like He commanded them. They built the tower because they rejected His Word and wanted to do their own thing. When they rebelled against our just and loving God, He had to punish their sin. He did that by sending many different languages.
We need that lesson today just as much as they did then. We may not gather stones and start stacking them into a giant tower, but rebellion of any kind is just as bad. Some people live in ways that the Bible says not to, and some try to convince themselves that God doesn’t exist. They see confirmation of the Creator’s existence all around them, but they ignore it (Romans 1:18–20).
The Bible tells us that this happens all the time. Everyone sins (Romans 3:23). Every one of us disobeys God. We all build towers of rebellion in our hearts, and we all deserve to be punished for it.
But that’s not the end of the story. God sent Jesus to be punished in our place and to pay the price for our sins with His own blood (1 John 1:7). He shows us that we are wrong to build towers of rebellion. And He offers us a place to live with Him forever in the amazing heavenly city that He is building!