GENESIS 11 – BABEL: RESTRAINING THE IMPACT OF MANKIND’S SELF-DESTRUCTIVE AMBITIONS



Just a brief post here to affirm my earlier point that the flood was not directly a result, still less a remedy for man’s sinful inclinations. A new start was required for the earth in view of the activity of the fallen watchers (Gen6:1,2) who had polluted the human seed pool through their unions with women and imparted knowledge that was not intended for mankind in its infancy. In terms of man’s sinfulness, he was back to square one, or rather square two being his post-Fall state of degeneration; hence the need for the confounding of his language to restrain his lofty, self-destructive ambitions symbolized by the building of the tower of Babel (v6). What man himself really needed could not have been remedied by a flood, but by a Saviour, divine instruction and the spiritual resources to restore the broken relationship with his Creator. Such would in due course be brought about, initiated by the calling of Abram, son of Terah.