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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.

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the beginnings babel genesis 6 8

The BeginningsBabelGenesis 6-8

“…the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11


The sudden and complete

appearance of language

reveals Gods

creativity, majesty and love.


Wonders that tell a very different story about the origin of all things:

  • The complexity of the eye
  • The presence of conscience and self-sacrifice in people
  • The appearance and use of music in people
  • And the amazing sudden and complete appearance of language

“The eternal mystery

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.

Albert Einstein



“Unless man has a natural bent in accordance with nature's, he has no chance of understanding nature at all.”

Charles Sanders Peirce



Mankind has a

“special design” with “cognitive structures of great complexity and interest” that “develop fairly rapidly and with little if any conscious effort.”

Noam Chomsky


a facts about languages
A. Facts About Languages
  • According to Ethnologue, there are 7,105 known languages across the world
  • No tribe or peoples is without language.
  • No primitive language is known to exist.
  • 92 Proto-Languages have been discerned, breaking down to regional languages
  • Examples:
  • Proto-Indo-European (PIE), 449, 45% of world
  • Proto-Sino-Tibetan (PST), 403, 22% of world
  • Genesis 10 table of nations is the starting point
b what is l anguage
B. What Is Language?
  • It is the means whereby information is created, perceived, shared and evaluated.
  • Without language we do not understand anything.
c how does language reveal god at work
C. How Does LanguageReveal God At Work?

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

Psalm 19:1-4

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.

d is language accidental
D. Is Language Accidental?
  • Mathematically and biologically, the language mechanism in our brain is such that it COULD NOT be formed by random events. (Oller & Chen)
  • Studies of neonatal movement synchronicity with adult speech reveal the profound depth of the speech mechanism in newborns (Condon & Sanders)
e what is the future of language
E. What Is The Future of Language?

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?

  • Simplification of language (languages becoming simpler)
  • The migration to cities world-wide
  • The end of tribal isolation
  • The rise of the internet & 1 language taking over
2 the invitation from god ignored
2. The Invitation From God Ignored

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.”

a god notices
A. God Notices

5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.

b god knows the results beforehand
B. God Knows The Results Beforehand

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.

c god always has creative solutions
C. God Always Has Creative Solutions

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.