“We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Acts 2: 11
The Bible is clear about who is in charge. When we think we are like the people who tried to build a tower to the heavens to nudge God off the throne, we get ourselves in trouble. Trouble with a capital “T.” In the Old Testament story, God “fixed” arrogant throne usurpers. He made their tongues speak different languages. Hence, there was mass confusion.
Confusion and mayhem on earth always come as a result of ignoring God … or worse yet, trying to “play” God. That is the essential meaning of the old story in Genesis 11. What is the antidote? It is the New Testament story of Pentecost. Acts 2 tells of how God’s Spirit came down upon the first Christian believers and brought understanding, harmony, love, unity and power. The church was born when God, worshipped properly, brought the love of heaven into receptive hearts.