For the LORD of Heaven’s Armies has a day of reckoning. He will punish the proud and mighty and bring down everything that is exalted. Isaiah 2:12 (NLT)
Noah’s family multiplied rapidly as mountaineering people, but it started to divide into two distinct groups. Shem and Japheth’s family followed God’s law while Ham’s family hated God’s believers and became rebellious.
The unbelievers migrated into the east and settled in the plain of Shinar part of Mesopotamia called Babylonia, in what is present-day Iraq. Here Nimrod the grandson of Ham, a mighty hunter, and warrior established cities and kingdoms.
While in Shinar his descendants learned to manufacture sunbaked bricks that can support high rise buildings. They adopted Noah’s technology by using bitumen plaster from “tarpit” to paste the bricks.
Under Nimrod’s leadership, the people constructed a tall city tower. Historians call the structure aZiggurat, a pyramidal stepped tower, an architectural and religious structure that was common in Mesopotamia’s major cities. Nimrod’s people wanted to reach the sky and save themselves from the flood, denying God’s promise that He would no longer destroy the whole earth with a flood. They wanted to discover the cause of rain. In some stories, Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter, shot his arrow upward every time an additional floor was finished and commanded his builders to add another floor because his arrow did not hit the sky.
Since they were “one people” with “one language” nothing that they proposed to do would be impossible for them” (Gen. 11:6). “Babel builders were united to keep their community in one body, and to establish a WWK (Worldwide Kingdom) and babel would be its capital city. This was against God’s plan to “go, multiply and occupy the whole earth” (Gen. 9:5).”
Since their hearts were “full of evil, and love of power”, if God allowed them to go on, their pride would convince the next generation to turn away from God.
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.