By: Ely Lagajino
“Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” Genesis 11:7 (NIV)
Shouting to communicate proved impossible as the tower of Babel went higher and higher. Perhaps the construction workers employed an improved system of communication, probably a broken telephone, using a string tied to coconut shells. When the workmen from the top requested materials, they would shake the string then the operator stationed on the next floor covers the ears with the coconut shells and listens to the message; then passes the message on to the next floor. The base workmen might have tied the materials on a string with a pulley to send them upward. Whatever they did, the book Patriarchs and Prophets says that they succeeded in communication.
Portions of the partially completed tower were used as their dwelling place as they devoted other rooms for idol worship. If God allowed them to stay together the evil people would control this great city tower and their pride would convince the next generation to turn away from God. (Bible Story p.129)
The Lord ended the construction of the tower by allowing the builders to speak different languages. Their communication techniques broke down. Perhaps one day the top men ordered bricks, but they received sand. When they ordered eggs, chicken was sent to them. The builders from the top lost their patience. Confusion followed until “bloody riots happened”. They didn’t understand each other’s language.
“Lightning from heaven, as an evidence of God’s displeasure, broke off the upper portion of the tower and cast it to the ground” (PP p.102).
Survivors with the same language formed their respective communities and migrated to different parts of the earth.Japhet’s grandson Tarshish migrated along the sea-cost and founded the city of Tarshish. They started their shipbuilding industry applying Noah’s technology. Ships with the trademark “T” (Tarshish) became the famous sea vessels. King Solomon, King Hiram, Queen of Sheba enriched themselves by using those quality ships. Splitting people into different places accomplished the Lord’s purpose of populating the earth (PP p.102) with God-given skills.