Genesis 11:1-9 - Towers falling from the heavens

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Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And Yahweh said, "Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another's speech." So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth; and from there Yahweh scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.


This is the First Lesson alternate to be read aloud if chosen on Pentecost Sunday, Year C, according to the lectionary for the Episcopal Church. This selection will be read before a singing of certain verses from Psalm 104, where David wrote: “You hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.” With this selection form Genesis chosen as the First Lesson, the New Testament choice becomes the mandatory Acts reading for every Pentecost Sunday, where Peter recited Joel’s prophecy as being fulfilled by their speaking in tongues. Peter said, “And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of Yahweh’s great and glorious day.” All readings on this day will accompany one from John, where the prophet wrote of Jesus saying, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."

In the first verse, where the NRSV translates: “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words,” this relates to the two prior chapters, which tell of the repopulation of the earth by Noah’s three sons. We learn of the curse placed on Ham and all the sons that came from Japheth, Shem, and Ham. In this repopulation, it must be understood much like the way Cain was banished and then was able to find a wife and have sons. This says others existed beyond the narrow scope of a story told of Adam and Eve and their children. The sole focus on Noah and his three sons cannot be seen from a lone perspective of inbreeding. Others obviously escaped the Great Flood, in various ways, just as there were other human beings on earth (created on the sixth day of Creation), which preexisted the fall of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were not the first human beings. They were the first priests sent by Yahweh to humanity. Likewise, all the descendants of Noah were not fit to be holy priests (as the curse on Ham shows), so they intermingled with others who escaped the Great Flood and joined together as survivors. To then find that collective with everyone speaking the same language becomes a statement that everyone was (as always, like Cain) suffering from the curse that is a natural tendency for human beings (souls within bodies of flesh) to fall away from Yahweh. This means “one language” means “one” is a self-directed form of “speech.” They do not talk to Yahweh for guidance anymore.

In the translation that says, “they migrated from the east,” the Hebrew says, “they set out from the formerly,” which means “the east” is a reflection (symbolically) on the ways of Noah; but the descendants had gone away from those ways. The Hebrew word translated as “plain” can equally mean “a valley,” where either “plain” or “valley” becomes a statement of stagnation (“plain”), if not some abysmal sinking to new lows (“valley)”. While the name “Shinar” is cloaked in mystery, one source says it means “Cast Out A Breach,” where “Breach” projects a “Gap” or “Rupture,” as well as a “Violation of Law.” When this is related to the “one language,” this place named “Shinar” speaks of self being a break from Yahweh, as a collection of peoples who no longer were the priestly descendants of Noah.

When verse three has these mutations come up with the idea that says, “Come, let us make bricks,” it is important to see a “brick” as a building block. More than a piece of mud baked into a physical “brick,” stuck together with tar or bitumen, the metaphor must be seen as a “brick” being an “idea.” In language, the building blocks are words that become joined together by rules of syntax. To take an “idea” and “burn” it means to purify it through testing the strength of “ideas” strung together; so, the result is a human brain has come up with a “truth.” When that is realized, the “one language” becomes mathematics, which is all based on tested truths – laws. Those became “truths” that were set in “stone.”

When we then come to verse four telling us those peoples then said, “let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves,” the Hebrew word translated as “city” means “excitement.” This means they were building themselves a ‘religion’ - something worldly to worship - which would “excite” their brains, making them think of themselves a gods. The “tower” is then not a physical structure, but everything up which the foundations of mathematics have been laid. This becomes everything constructed within a civilized society, where the physical is transformed into a model of the spiritual.

When this is built to the “heavens,” this literally means plans to travel into outer space, even colonize moons and planets, with televisions invented and Jews hired to creates fake projections of human beings conquering all universes known to human brains. When we are talking about post-Great Flood times, this could be the ancient tales of Atlantis (a civilization ten thousand years ago), where their “one language” was telepathy. In that sense, man had figured out a way to blow up a planet between Earth and Mars (the asteroid belt), while destroying all life that had previously existed on Mars. All of that kneels down and worships at the altar of almighty science, where the god “Maximus Cerebrum” is king [a.k.a. “Biggy Brain”].

When we begin reading that “Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower,” the Hebrew word translated as “came down” should be read as “descended.” It is foolishness to think Yahweh is not everywhere, at all times, All-Knowing and All-Seeing; so, to have “Yahweh descended” means the soul of Adam (the Son of Yahweh) is what was placed within human flesh on earth. This would lead to Abraham, in the lineage of souls that leapt over the multitudes of common humans, from Adam to Noah to Abraham (all in the ancestry of Jesus). "Yahweh descended" means the coming of the Yahweh elohim born into every Saint that has ever walked the earth. When mankind begins to think of itself as godlike, the Son of man needs to be around to show it the true path to everlasting life (away from reincarnation). Building nuclear bombs might make humans feel godlike; but it will condemn the souls of those who come up with those “bricks” of knowledge.

To confuse those big brains, Moses was sent to created a language of Yahweh, memorized (then written) in the “one language” of Yahweh - Hebrew. While all the peoples of the earth knew that “one language,” it told them no man is a god. Nothing created by mankind will ever redeem a soul from death. No soul in the flesh will invent a way to free itself from a return to the flesh of a little baby, having to start all over again … and again … and again. None of the big brains could figure out how to create a soul and give it immortality in the flesh. However, time and again they found they were masters at creating innovative ways for finding death, causing souls to start all over again.

When we find the Hebrew word “puwts” written twice (transliterated as “way·yā·p̄eṣ” and “hĕ·p̄î·ṣām”), translated by the NRSV as “scattered,” this should be seen as the flaw of human intelligence, which for all its strokes of genius is more often than not “scatter-brained.” For every “idea” laid, problems not planned on always jump up and cause the greatest minds to screech to a halt. “So, you figured out how to split an atom, did ya? Well, what do you do with the waste?” they are always asked. They scratch their heads, trying to motivate their brains to think harder. That is always the confusion that human brains create for themselves, when they try to play god. Thus, mankind ceased trying to make a name for itself. The presence of Saints led them to tremble and moan, “Yahweh please save us from ourselves!”

As an alternate reading for Pentecost Sunday, it is important to remember that the season of Easter is still in place. The Easter season is when the lessons are telling human beings their souls must be saved, which means raising them up from the death of a mortal existence. In this lesson, it is easy for big brains to begin to think they understand what Easter is all about; and, then they run off pretending to be graduates from Jesus' school of Saints, when they are still unripe fruit, more apt to turn to rot than serve Yahweh as His Son again placed in ministry. The lesson of Genesis 11 is to stop trying to be a god and start submitting your whole being – body and soul – to Yahweh. When you kill the god within you – your big brain – you can be raised from the dead by the soul of Jesus taking the place of your sacrificial lamb soul. Only Jesus is allowed to go beyond Pentecost Sunday, even though Jesus will walk in many different bodies of flesh when that time comes.

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