The Beginnings Babel Genesis 6-8 . “…the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11. Theme. The sudden and complete appearance of language reveals Gods creativity , majesty and love. Introduction.
“…the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11
The sudden and complete
appearance of language
creativity, majesty and love.
Wonders that tell a very different story about the origin of all things:
of the world is its comprehensibility... Without language, there could be
no study of physics.”
There is no comparison between the problems of physics and “…the problem of analyzing the nature of everyday thinking” which is the nature of language itself.
“Unless man has a natural bent in accordance with nature's, he has no chance of understanding nature at all.”
Charles Sanders Peirce
“special design” with “cognitive structures of great complexity and interest” that “develop fairly rapidly and with little if any conscious effort.”
It is the evidence of God in humans:
“In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1)
“…God made the heavens by the Word of His command…”2 Peter 3:5
“…You have been born again… through the living and enduring Word of God.” 1Pe 1:23
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
A language disappears every 2 weeks (26 a year) and the number is accelerating.
It is estimated by at least one credible source that 50% of all languages will be gone in 100 years
What is driving this?
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar.
4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
6 The LORD said, “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.
7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
9 That is why it was called Babel--because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Language is a gift from God to be used as such.
Language is a irrefutable proof of God’s Word and Work.