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Trouble at Babel
Genesis 11:4
“And they said, Go to, let us build us 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...
For many people studying the early chapters of Genesis, the account of Babel is a troubling interlude. We like to concentrate on the Creation Week, and then the Flood, and then let’s get on to...


Babies Baffle Evolution

Genesis 11:1
"Now the whole earth had one language and one speech."

Photo: Pixabay The Bible teaches that until several centuries after the Flood all people on Earth spoke the same language. The fact that many supposedly unrelated languages have similar sounding words with the same or similar meanings supports this teaching. Some language researchers say that this is simply due to chance.

Race for the Pyramids

2 Chronicles 12:2a, 3b
"And it happened, in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem ... and people without number who came with him ... and the Ethiopians."

Nubian pyramids at MeroeWhile most people know that several ancient cultures built pyramids, which culture built the most? Most people would answer "Egypt", but they would be wrong. However, they did inspire the culture that built the most pyramids.

Luther’s Six Days

Exodus 20:11
“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Painting of Martin Luther In another Creation Moment, we discussed how Martin Luther’s commentary on Genesis insists that the Earth is less than 6,000 years old. Such an opinion is not compatible with the theory of evolution. We can conclude, therefore, that, although Luther did not have to engage with the theory of evolution, his strong Scriptural opinion would have been to side with creationism rather than evolutionism.

Luther on Genesis

Isaiah 40:28
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

Antique German Bible with woodcut illustrationsThere is a common view abroad which suggests that so-called Young Earth Creationism is an invention of the 20th Century and that no such creationist ideas existed in centuries earlier. It is not difficult to test whether such an opinion is correct or not. All we have to do is check some early commentaries on Genesis.

Twentieth Century Cavemen

Proverbs 15:6
“In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.”

Holy Austin HousesForty-five minutes’ drive from either Birmingham Airport, England, or Birmingham’s New Street Station, you can reach Kinver Edge – a beautiful spot just outside Kidderminster. There is a small parking lot from which you take a trail uphill to climb the Edge. The view over this part of the West Midlands is spectacular, but you have not just come for the view of the countryside below.

Was the Flood Really Global?

Genesis 7:19-20
“And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.”

Illustustration on Rainbow after the floodI grew up with the strong impression from family, school, and church, that what we read in Genesis is not literally true. So it did not occur to me that anyone would believe that water really covered the whole Earth. After all, preachers at the church my family attended did not believe it. But one minister suggested that there might be a grain of truth behind the story.

Don't Eat the Red Snow

Psalm 147:16-17
“He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; who can stand before His cold?”

Photo: Cyst of Artemia salina. Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle wrote about red snow. Today, red, orange and even green snow has been found on every continent. It is typically found in deep mountain snows in the late spring. The snow color is caused by any of 350 species of strange snow algae.


Genesis 49:9
“Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”

Collage of wild big catsOnly two members of the cat family are mentioned in the Bible: lions and leopards. And, in any case, we can work out exactly when they were created. Cats are land animals, so they were created on Day Six of the Creation week.

The Stones at Carnac

Genesis 11:8
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”

Marek.69On the southern coast of the Breton peninsula in Northern France is a small rural town called Carnac. It is a pleasant enough seaside resort. I remember enjoying a couple of days there with my family in 2010, at the end of a vacation touring campsites in the Vendée department of France. But while the town itself might be unremarkable, the same cannot be said for what you find in the fields outside the town.

The Lord Came Down to See

Genesis 11:5
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.”

Heermskerck’s Hanging Gardens of BabylonGod was not pleased with the people of Babel when they wanted to build a city and a tower with its top in the heavens. This is because their aim of preventing their own dispersal throughout the world was in contravention of God’s command, and their intention to make a name for themselves is opposite to our commitment to seek God’s glory.

Trouble at Babel

Genesis 11:4
“And they said, Go to, let us build us 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.”

Bruegel's Tower of Babel paintingFor many people studying the early chapters of Genesis, the account of Babel is a troubling interlude. We like to concentrate on the Creation Week, and then the Flood, and then let’s get on to talking about Abraham. But before we get to Abraham, we have this troubling account of what all these people who were the descendants of Noah and his family were doing at Babel.

A Way with Words

Genesis 11:7-8
“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”

Drawin of two men communicating by a flow of colorful alphabet letters.Where did language come from? This question is easy to answer from a biblical worldview. God created Adam and Eve with the ability to communicate.

Private Interpretation

2 Peter 1:20-21
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Man at a table making notes in a bookThe Apostle Peter reminds us in 2 Peter 1:20 that “no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.”


2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Pages out of a Bible flying up and away like wings.The Apostle Paul wrote: “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” Some versions have: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” This means the same thing because the word inspiration has changed its meaning somewhat over the centuries. Colloquially, we remark that a brilliant inventor had an inspired idea, but that is not really what is meant by inspiration in this context.

The Originals Might Be Different

Psalm 12:6-7
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Part of the manuscript, Papyrus 62, Public Domain photograph.“How can you possibly believe the Bible to be inerrant?” the argument goes. “We don’t even have the originals. The originals might be different from the Bible we have today.”

This is a common enough argument against inerrancy but is born out of a misunderstanding about the nature of original documents.

Is It Rewritten?

Psalm 119:103
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Open BiblePerhaps you played the telephone game at children’s parties. The participants are seated in a line, or maybe a ring. One person starts by whispering a phrase to his or her neighbor. That neighbor whispers the message to the next person. Eventually, the message has gone around the room. But when the final person speaks the message out loud, it usually does not bear too much resemblance to the original.

A Sound of Music

1 Chronicles 25:7
“So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.”

Greek pottery decorated with images of musicians.Sometimes, when I have seen beautiful works of visual art, I have felt a pang of jealousy, wishing I was able to paint or to draw as well as that. Then God reminds me that He gave me gifts in another art form. As long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life, both in performance and in composition.

Where Did the Races Come From?

Acts 17:26
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”

People of different nationalities and occupationsEvolutionary anthropologists like to divide human beings into different racial groups. These so-called races are defined by distinctives such as eye shape or skin color.

Who was First to North America?

Genesis 1:28
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth...”

Clovis points from the Rummells-Maske Cache Site, Iowa.The conventional understanding has always been that North America was populated by people who crossed from Asia to Alaska via the Bering Strait and then migrated down the West Coast. Eventually, some of them crossed as far as the eastern coasts of North and South America. Known as the Clovis culture, their descendants produced all the North and South American Indian tribes and nations.

Water into Wine

John 2:11
“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”

MoleculesJohn records in his Gospel that the first miracle of Jesus was performed at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. During the course of the celebrations, they were found to have run out of wine. Jesus instructed the servants to fill six 20-gallon stone jars with water, and He turned this 120 gallons of water into wine.

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