Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 11
Many generations after the flood, the people gathered together to build the infamous Tower of Babel. We know God introduced multiple languages at this time so that the people dispersed and discontinued the building of the tower. Why did he do this? “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6 NIV) God was concerned that they would be able to do whatever they decided to do.
Isn’t that where we are today? We are doing far more impossible things than building “a tower that reaches to the heavens.” We’ve not only built buildings that surely are taller than any of the architects' of Babel, we have gone into the heavens themselves with our satellites, space shuttles, walking on the moon and sending robots with cameras onto the surface of Mars and beyond. When is God going to confound us as he did those at Babel and how much worse will that be for us than it was for them?