“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis 11:6
Hard though it might be to imagine, at one time, the whole earth spoke just one language (Genesis 11:1).
But then the descendants of Noah abused the power and advantage that this common language allowed them and they decided to leave off from pursing the assignment God had given them in Genesis 1 (and restated in Genesis 9), to build a tower in the land of Shinar (Babylon) because they feared being scattered abroad, and they wanted to give themselves a name.
In other words, pride, ego, disobedience and enough self importance to affect people 6,000 years later, got the better of them.
And the tower: this wasn’t just any old tower. It was a tower so high that it would reach heaven. A big enough monument for which they would never be forgotten – which indeed they have not been forgotten for – but not in the way they had intended.
Whilst their motives for building the Tower or Babel were purely selfish and an act of disobedience – they wanted to stay together and feared being scattered abroad – it got God’s attention, and He came down to see what they were up to. God, so confident that nothing would deter them from building this skyscraper, had to do something about it.
What did God do?
He distorted their unity. And He did so without even needing to scatter them abroad initially – He simply restrained their endeavours by confounding their language so that they wouldn’t be able to understand each other’s speech. (Genesis 11:6-7)
Because the people spoke one language, they had the three most essential attributes for accomplishing anything they set their mind to do. They had:
– a common purpose
– a common language
– a common vision
They were in agreement in every way possible to man – body, soul and spirit – and with this amount of agreement power, only God alone was able to stop them.
In fact, it was God who gave them such power in the first place, but it was for His purposes, yet here they were, using it for their own endeavours.
God’s Purpose For Power
God, right at the beginning of time gave man (Adam and Eve and all who would follow) an assignment – which has never been revoked. He told Adam and Eve to take dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, over the cattle and over the whole earth. He also blessed them and told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it. (Genesis 1).
After the flood, when Noah left the ark, God restated that assignment or dominion mandate of man on the earth. Genesis 9:1-2
God gave man power to rule – not over another man – but to rule over the earth and everything that moved on the earth … the beast of the field, the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air and anything that moves on the earth. And again, I reiterate that ruling over man neither appears here nor when God gave Adam and Eve their assignment in Genesis 1:26-28. Not a subject for today, but an article in itself about why man is so hungry for power over another man.
The intention of the power God had given to the people of the earth wasn’t for their own empire building but they abused what they had been given. Therefore, God had to destroy their ability to use their power of agreement for destructive purposes.
However, despite their abuse of power, notice how God Himself said “nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Genesis 11:6. God was fully aware of the power He had given them and He knew that their imagination was such that once they set their mind on something, nothing but Him could stop them.
Unlike today, at that time in our history, people still spoke like God did. When they wanted to build the Tower of Babel, they said “let us.” In the first chapters of Genesis, God uses the word “Let” a number of times in His creation of the world. He saw what He wanted to create and then used words of faith to bring into being what He imagined.
The word “Let” in this context means to permit or allow and I’m convinced that even though sin was so prevalent at that time – to such an extent that it caused God to so regret making man, that He destroyed everything living except Noah and his family and the animals and mammals that entered the ark – the people didn’t have a concept of failure …
They believed that they could do what they imagined to do. They simply imitated God and it got them the desired results.
Oh if we would only be imitators of God today!
God wouldn’t tell us to “put Him in remembrance of His Word” (Isaiah 46:26) if He had no intention of granting His promises and our desires.
In Isaiah 55:11 God said, that His word would not return to Him void but would accomplish what He sent it to do.
God is not telling us to put Him in remembrance of His word because He’s forgotten it! No! He wants you to speak back to Him, His words, just like He did, in faith! Notice I said “In faith.” You can’t claim anything from God unless it’s in faith. So just because you speak it, doesn’t mean it will come to pass. It’s God’s words on the lips of the believer that will get the desired results.
Basically, God wants (or should I say, needs) us to agree with Him and the only way we can agree with Him is say only what He says … in faith!
I’m sure you’ve been in situations where you want someone to repeat something back to you that you’ve said and you hold your fingers to your ears and stick your neck out, indicating that you want them to say it like you said it. I can imagine God doing this. When you weary Him with your iniquities (Isaiah 43:24) or lament about how bad things are, He’s urging you, “just say what I said, see what I see and do like I do and you’ll get what I got!”
We have to be like Noah’s descendants (and remember that we are) and speak it, see it and do it in alignment with what God speaks, sees and does. Only then will we have the abundant life that God designed for us before the foundations of the world.
I know a lot of believers in Christ who have a real issue with us imitating God and I won’t even talk about what religion thinks! The truth is, God’s not threatened by us imitating Him to get results. His dominion mandate was all about making the earth a replica of Heaven. We couldn’t do this without imitating God, the ruler of the heavens. The reason the earth looks nothing like heaven right now is because we’ve imitated man and disregarded our dominion mandate in alignment with God’s command and instead have pursued our own greed and so called success.
Don’t get me wrong, God wants you to be a success … His success, and I can assure you that what He has for you now on this earth cannot compare to anything you could create on your own because you’re limited and God is limitless.
If Adam had done the job properly, we wouldn’t even have known sin and limitations. Adam and Eve had the perfect life – direct communion with God in every way. Through revelation (and not information), God instructed them and then they just “did,” until the devil deceived Eve and told her God was hiding things from her and this is the reason God didn’t want them to eat of the tree of Good and Evil.
Notice though that immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, God put His plan of redemption into place, and “it is for this reason, Jesus Christ came so that He could destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
So Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross for His own sake or for God’s, it was for our benefit so we could have the life designed for us. However, we have to first understand that there is power in agreement which begins by first agreeing with God in terms of what He says about us and our circumstances, and believing that His Word is true, reliable and does not lack integrity. In addition to that, we have to be of one mind with each other, just like they were after the flood.
Matthew 18:19 says that “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.” (NLT)
The bible actually tells us that two cannot walk together (work or live together) except they are in agreement and so if you desire to live a good life with your spouse, relatives, friends or you desire to do well in business, you have to ensure you are of one mind in purpose, language (or communication) and you have a common vision.
Dismiss one or more of these essentials and I can tell you from experience that it’s a recipe for disaster and anything you try to build, will not flourish. Conversely, nothing that you imagine in your heart to do can fail if you what you build is aligned with God’s purpose, His Word and His vision for your life.
Trish Jones is a Speaker, Storytelling Coach and Author, who empowers and equips women to create a business and life that's in harmony with who they are - from the inside out - by bringing more of their personality, their voice and their message to the marketplace. Download her success blueprint to find out more ... The Influential Woman PinkPrint.