January 11

January 11.

The Tower of Babel — Language unites people against God or for God.

Today’s Readings:
Reading 1: Genesis 11:1-9
Reading 2: Psalm 19:1-4
Reading 3: Acts 2:1-21

Today we read some explanations in scripture of the power of language. These are spiritual teachings, not ethnological texts, but we can learn much from them.

First we see that language matters – it has the power to unite or divide. We see this at work today in many spheres of society. Ultimately language is a gift from God because speaking (and the power which results) originates with God. To see what I mean, take a quick look back to Genesis 1!

Second, we see that God’s voice is still speaking today, through the aspects of creation that have not been marred by sin. It is not reported in our godless media, but there are plenty of scientists who come to faith through study of the natural world and the universe. The use of scientific theories to exclude God is becoming as unstable as communism was when President Reagan famously challenged President Gorbachev “tear down this wall.”

And thirdly God shows His power over language on the Day of Pentecost, by supernaturally enabling the disciples to speak in languages they had not learned. This sign made the observers wonder, and brought many to faith in the God who could so clearly reverse the divisions of Babel. The Body of Christ, the Church, is to be a place where diversity leads to unity not to disunity.

So language is powerful, and it matters to God. How can you leverage your heritage and your words for the sake of unity today?

Together: Compare your diversity of experiences of worship or prayer, and discuss how they enrich your relationship with God and each other now.

Have a great day!


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