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Pentecost: Redemption of the Tower of Babel

Pentecost: Redemption of the Tower of Babel

We read in Genesis 11.1 that "The whole earth had one language and the same words."

But people wanted to make a name for themselves, which is always instigated by pride. So, God confused their language so that they did not understand each other's speech. Genesis 11.7

Reflect on the awe-inspiring nature of God's creation of languages. God crafted countless languages in a single day, each with unique grammar and punctuation. We, in contrast, spend years mastering just one language. The magnitude of this divine act is genuinely staggering. Can you fathom the sheer number of words that would encompass?

 And all created in one day!

In Acts 2, we read, 'When the Day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, the tongues that God created.

This time, the tongues did not cause confusion but unity, despite their differences. Why? Because they 'were telling the mighty works of God' (Acts 2.11).

We read that 'There were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews that were devout men from every nation under heaven, each hearing them speak their own language. Acts 2.6

Two seemingly similar yet different events occur: one causes confusion because of pride, and the other causes unity because of humility.

On this day of Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit anoint you with a fresh anointing, regardless of the language you speak. May your words always echo the mighty works of God, serving as a testament to His glory and grace. May your words always tell of God's mighty works.

With thanks,

Dr. Wahid and Laila Wahba

Pentecost: Redemption of the Tower of Babel


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