Noah had three sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham. Ham had embarrassed his father so Noah predicted that the family of Ham would be troubled. Sure enough, one of Ham’s sons was Canaan who had a son named Nimrod.
Nimrod was called The Mighty Hunter. He was quite a guy, no doubt big and strong and a leader of the people who settled east of Mount Ararat. But Nimrod got too big for his britches! He wanted to be as great as God Himself! According to legendary records, Nimrod married his mother which symbol traveled down through the millenniums to the Egyptian Isis and her son Osiris and other ancient religions. He also established the ritual of sacrificing babies and children to purchase favors from his Godhead.
Nimrod established several big cities. One of them was Ninevah where Jonah, a thousand or so years later, had to go and preach to save the people from the penalty for their sins. Ninevah still stands, after 4,000 years, in Iraq north of Baghdad.
One of the cities was Babel. Nimrod wanted to be certain that his wonderful nation would last forever! The people got together and hatched up a scheme to make a monument so high and so solid that it could never fall apart. They planned that their tribe, who worshipped Nimrod like a god, would have a place to stay together, getting bigger and more powerful than the God of the great Flood. That’s what they thought.
So, out on the plains around Babel they began to construct a gigantic tower. It was what is called a Ziggurat. It had four sides and tapered by layers up and up. The Mayan and Inca pyramids in Mexico are ziggurats.
The tower of Babel was made of sun-dried bricks with tar for mortar. They got busy and started proudly planning and working on their magnificent project, to be a whole seven stories high, high enough to reach Heaven (they thought) and sneer at Almighty God!
God came down and took a good look at the Tower. The people were frantically working on making bricks and laying them, following the blueprints that their brilliant wise men had drawn. They were chattering away, all excited about their creation of an eternal monument to their Hero God, Nimrod.
God said to Himself, “Listen to them planning and bragging about how smart they are and how they will have this monument to identify their Grand Civilization forever. They talk and the more they talk the more their ideas get bigger and more insolent. I don’t think so!”
So, Almighty God brought about sudden confusion! A man was explaining the diagram of the tower and suddenly his speech sounded like a chicken cackling. The other fellows started to tell each other about it but none of them could understand the others!
Everyone was blabbering away but no one could make out the words! Some of them ran home to tell their wives but the women couldn’t make head or tails of their talk! The whole city was shouting and jabbering and running around trying to make sense of what was happening! It wasn’t long before people were leaving town, trying to survive away from all the rest of the gabbling idiots!
And so, the Tower of Babel was never finished. Remains of the foundation may have been discovered in the city of Babylon. People still think they are smarter than GOD, but He can change that with an earthquake or a tsunami or a tornado or one little germ.
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