Why do the people of the world speak so many different languages? I do not think that it is a punishment from God as the result of a particular sin. However, it can be seen as a result of sin from another point of view. Our inability to communicate freely at all times is quite probably tied up with sin. If there were no sin there would still be total harmony among men and women. The other answer to the situation is simply that different languages developed in isolation from one another. However it happened, the reality is that today we have to work hard to understand one another both because of language barriers and other reasons as well.
1 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words. 2 While men were migrating in the east, they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to one another, ?Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.? They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, ?Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.? 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men had built. 6 Then the LORD said: ?If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do. 7 Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says.? 8 Thus the LORD scattered them from there all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the speech of all the world. It was from that place that he scattered them all over the earth.
P S A L M
Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
10 The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations; he foils the designs of peoples. 11 But the plan of the LORD stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations. (R) Who do you say that Jesus is? Does your life reflect this in the way you live and the priority you give to spiritual things? 12 Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down; he sees all mankind. (R) 14 From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth, 15 he who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works. (R)
G O S P E L
The call to ?take up our cross and follow Jesus? is one of the classic images of discipleship. It captures a number of truths about discipleship including the one that it is not easy to follow Jesus. There will always be an element of suffering in discipleship. This is obvious if we consider that Jesus himself suffered for our salvation and that if we are going to imitate His life, then we must expect a certain element of suffering to be a part of our lives as well. At the very least we will be called to suffer in our desire that all men and women be saved.
34 He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, ?Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. 36 What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 What could one give in exchange for his life? 38 Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father?s glory with the holy angels.? 9: 1 He also said to them, ?Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come in power.?
think: There will always be an element of suffering in discipleship.
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