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Genesis 11:1-9

Tower of Rebellion

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Genesis 11:1-9

Tower of Rebellion

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Part of growing up is learning how to be independent; learning how to do things for yourself. As a baby you learned how to use a spoon and feed yourself. You learned how to crawl, how to pull yourself up so you could stand, and finally walk.

You began making sounds and eventually you learned words and began to talk in sentences. Before you could go to school you needed to learn how to tie your shoes.

You learned all of these things quickly and as you became more and more independent you wanted to explore and have adventures. This is all good, but the other part of growing up is learning to listen to those who are older and have more experience. Parents and teachers want to protect you and help you have a good life. Kids who don’t listen and go their own way often get into trouble. We say they are rebellious.

A story in the Old Testament speaks to us about rebellion. A group of people, who all spoke the same language, were told by God to travel to other parts of the world. They rebelled against God and decided to stay where they were and build “a tower whose top reaches to the sky”(11:4). They thought they could build a tower into heaven. They did not listen to God.

The story tells us that God came down and “confused the language of all the earth” (11:7) and scattered them aboard on the surface of all the earth” (11:9). This is a story of rebellion, of people thinking they knew better than God.

Become strong and independent, but also live by God’s rules and listen to those who are older and have experience to help you become all that you can be.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan