In the Beginning
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. There was darkness over the surface of the waves. At that time, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.
6 God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” 7 And that’s exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water under the space from the water above it. 8 God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two. (Genesis 1:1-8)
It’s pretty amazing how the first words of the Bible demonstrate to us the power of words and how the mere act of speaking translates into action. For God, in the creation of the universe, it was as easy as saying “let there be,” and so it was. It all began with a word.
We can let our words create not just thoughts, but actions and new possibilities. As such, the story of Babel happened:
The whole world had only one language, and everyone spoke it. 2 They moved to the east and found a broad valley in Babylon. There they made their home.
3 They said to one another, “Come on! Let’s make bricks and bake them well.” They used bricks instead of stones. They used tar to hold the bricks together. 4 Then they said, “Come on! Let’s build a city for ourselves. Let’s build a tower that reaches to the sky. We’ll make a name for ourselves. Then we won’t be scattered over the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 He said, “All these people are united and speak the same language. That is why they can do all this. Now they will be able to do anything they plan. 7 Come on! Let us go down and mix up their language. Then they will not be able to understand one other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over the whole earth. And they stopped building the city. 9 There the Lord mixed up the language of the whole world. That’s why the city was called Babel. From there the Lord scattered them over the whole earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)
Linguists back this up. There is still mystery surrounding the evolution of language, as there is lack of scientific evidence backing up the claim that all languages came from one language In fact, we can only trace the history of languages only up until around 10,000 years ago, and no further. Following the account of Babel, we can see that from that day stemmed a number of languages that only continued on to develop into the many languages that we have today.
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