Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-4
There is a system in place that we Christians have coined “The World System.” The essence of this system is based on pride and a self centered independent rule without recognition of God. The Word of God tells us that satan is the “god of this world.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) The shadows and fore types of this world are found in the scriptures under the name of Babylon. For the next several weeks we will do a study of Babylon and how the world system has entangled Christians.
The above text reveals the heart of the world. Shortly after the flood, God told Noah and his descendants to be fruitful and multiply and to bring forth abundantly in the earth. (Gen 8:7) Literally they were to spread out and repopulate all the earth. But the above text reveals that man wanted to make a name for himself. Studies of ancient Hebrew history suggest that a warrior by the name of Nimrod gathered the people in the valley of Shinar to build a great city that he would rule over. (Gen 10:8-10) Remembering the flood that his ancestor Noah endured, he decided to build a tower to escape God’s wrath for their disobedience. It was in this spirit that the world system we know of today was birthed.
The Tower of Babel was a place that all the people of the earth depended upon for its sustenance and wealth. It was a place of pride and self centeredness. It was a place that men openly rebelled against God. It was a place that people felt was invincible against the wrath of God. It was also a place that God brought their work to nothing. That describes our system today. Our governmental, economical, educational, and liberal arts system all operate under this Babylon philosophy. So how does that affect Christians?
Whenever you operate and depend upon this world for your life, this world owns your life. God wants you to come out of this world system completely. It sounds simple, but through the complexities of debt, political party affiliation, and philanthropy vs righteousness philosophies it is easy for the Christian to get caught up in the world system. In the next few lessons, I am going to show how to come out of the world and stay out!
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.