They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. (Psalm 82:5)
Therefore thus saith the Lord God, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. (Isaiah 28:16)
Hebrews 11:8, 10, 16
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Let us go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
For here we have no continuing city.
Are you a citizen of the heavenly city, or of an earthly? There is only one certain foundation.
It is evident to even the simplest man in the earth that something has gone awry in the world. Yet we understand not, neither lay to heart that all the foundations of the earth are out of course. The way which the Lord formed the world at its very base has been corrupted by man.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)
It was not God who made this corruption, neither can we blame the devil or any other, for it was man who created evilwith the sovereignty that God gave us in the earth (Gen. 1:28).
And now as we build, replenish, and subdue as we were called to do at the first, we do so upon foundations which we have already destroyed.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)
Is there hope in the governments of men? Of earthly empires? But it was apparently Cain, the murderer who built the first cities of men after the corruption (Gen. 4:16 & 17) – so we in the same man the first governer, and the first corrupt polotician. And after the flood the men of Shinar perfected Imperialistic philosophy upon which this earthly governance of man was built (Gen. 11:1-4).
And the Lord said, “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they imagine to do.” (Gen. 11:6)
Understanding the history of men up to that point gives a bit greater clarification as to why it was a great problem that man could accomplish everything they imagine; the reaason for the flood was this:
And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
Man had sinned, and was disconnected from God, but this disconnection perpetuated wickedness. Outside of God’s holy presence, man’s corruption increases until all our thoughts are continually evil – and we don’t even percieve it, life just goes on as usual for us.
Yet notice an interesting phenomena at the foundation of the great empire the people of Shinar were building: God declared: “Behold, the people is one…”
In order for any city, or community to work, the people must be one, musn’t they? Many hokd the perspective that the utmost pinnacle of spiritual peace is the mere basis of unity: that all mankind be united.
Was this not the utopia which God describes of the empire which came to be known as Babel?
Unity is not the end-goal, pinnacle of human existence. Not unity with man. This kind of unity did not have God in the equation, but corrupted man united with corrupted man to build a corrupted empire: a spire of wicked humanity raised in the sight of a holy God. They were enemies of God, united with eachother, yes but hat unity was merely faction, for it was not founded upon the holiness of God, but upon he corruption of man.
No kingdom of man is equal, or will ever be equal to the kingdom of God. Earthly kingdoms are built upon this same foundation: FACTION.
Do some rally their faction in the name of God? Surely.
Yet the Lord seeing our plight has laid a sure foundation: His own Son, the man Jesus Christ.
Abraham and the other prophets understood that there was no fulfilment in any earthly city – and Abraham came shortly after the time of Babel – for as it is written: ‘Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.’
No government, or organization of earth is God’s kingdom – no matter how closely it may resemble it to us in some ways, and no matter how hard its leaders strive to make it so.
There is a difference between the kingdoms of man, and the kingdom of God. Merely factioning to such governances shows us to be the children of Babel, for these also factioned to make their tower reach to the heavens. All the foundations of the world are out of course.
There is a city, however, which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
If you seek that kingdom, and build your life upon the chief cornerstone of New Jerusalem: Jesus Christ, God will not be ashamed to be called your God, for He has prepared you a kingdom.