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Mystery of Civilization
First Cit;y- Babylon
There was a better way
to
protect the people from the
wild animals that roamed the earth than by constantly
fighting them. Nimrod built a city of houses and
surrounded this city with a high wall and gathered the
people therein. Thus the people were protected and
Nimrod was able to
rule
over them. This arrangement was
agreeable
to
the people for "They said ... let
us
build
us
a
city and ... make
us a name,
lest we be scattered abroad"
(Gen. 11:4).
The people not only protected themselves from the
wild animals by building a walled city but also established
authority
of their own-"let us
make
us
a name." This
was to be a central place of
mankind's
authority-the
necessity of their obedience to God was not going to be
recognized!
Nimrod was their leader. Also they built a
tower whose top was to "reach
unto heaven."
With a
tower this high they could do as they wished-disobey
God and still be safe from his
punishment
which had
drowned the inhabitants of the earth before. This was
mankind's first act of open rebellion against God after the
Flood-they thought they had placed themselves out of
God's reach if they wished
to
disobey him.
They, like
Satan, thought that if they could "ascend above the
heights of the clouds," they could "be like the most High"
(lsa. 14:14). Cush, Nimrod's father, also had much to do
with the building of this tower and city
(The Two
Babylons,
by Alexander Hislop, page 26).
These people were not only of one language, they
were of three races or families-white, yellow and black.
Just as God created varieties in many species of flowers
and of animals-for example, many varieties and colors
of roses-for greater beauty, so God created the three
races and colors of human skin. God intended to prevent
racial intermarriages. But man has always wanted to
violate God's laws, intentions and ways. They wanted to
become one race or family through intermarriage of
races. As mentioned before, God had set the bounds of
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