Genesis – The one who spread the idea to build a tower.
‘And they said to one another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.’ Genesis 11:3
The Sun was setting when the workmen removed the last burnt clay. The fires lighted around the camp sites of the workmen from near and far off countries which stretched far and wide. The discovery of the use of burnt clay brick and bitumen instead of stone made it possible to construct faster, stronger and higher structures which resulted in hectic construction activity. This resulted in new techniques being developed in building pyramid like structures and high towers attracting the best of the craftsmen and experts in the fields of metal.
‘And they said, Go to, let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ Genesis 11: 4
All the workmen and the supervisors gathered around their creation and were proudly appreciating it. If they could just have the same limitless supply of burnt bricks they could reach even the heavens. The amalgamation of the best workmen from far and wide and man thought nothing is impossible in this world. They can reach the heavens and make a name for themselves amongst the other countries that they are the most powerful.
That evil thought emanating from one person is enough to spread and percolate down to the last person that he could achieve the impossible. This spontaneous gesture ignited the enthusiastic workmen and goaded all idol worshippers to defy the Almighty. That thought must have revolutionized the mental setback of those around who saw imminent success in their bold venture.
‘Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ Genesis 11:7.
And God put a stop to this evil construction by scattering the people.
A man of God should be aware of any evil thought being put into practice. It can be a revolutionary idea, a thought which may look innocent and implementation of which may bring untold wealth and honor. But if you could weigh the consequence of that action, you as a child of God would immediately know whether it glorifies Him or deifies Him.
Evil unchecked grows; evil tolerated poisons the whole system.
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (18891964)
Get rid of these evil thoughts and ask God to forgive you.
The Writer: Victor Jasti, from India, working full time has this passion to write short stories based on Bible and real incidents. He also writes Christian fiction & poetry. Five of his poems were published in Temporal Currents compiled by an American author Ms Christine Tricarico.