In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages.
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The Tower of Babel by German Unknown Master
Have you ever been to another country where they spoke a different language? Have you ever been to a restaurant where the waiters and waitresses spoke something other than English? How did it make you feel to have everyone around you speaking words that you couldn’t understand? Was it frustrating? Confusing?
In this lesson, we are learning about the Tower of Babel and how so many languages came into existence.
In the last lesson, we learned about how Noah built the ark and God flooded the world to rid it of evil. After the flood, Noah and his family were the only ones around. They all spoke the same language. It was easy to worship God because they all used the same words.
After many generations, the world became full of people again and they started to cover all of the earth. But one day, rather than spreading out over the earth like God wanted them to do, the people decided to stay in one spot. They decided to build a tower that would reach up into Heaven. If they had a tower, they could get themselves to Heaven and wouldn’t need God’s help to get there.
So they started to make bricks out of clay and pile them one on top of another. The rows were getting higher and higher and higher toward the sky. They were very excited about reaching Heaven. They’d be famous and everyone would think they were the greatest people ever to live.
God saw what the people were doing with the tower. He noticed that they were full of pride with how much they had accomplished. He heard them bragging and showing off. The people were so proud that they decided they didn’t need God anymore. They thought that they themselves should be worshipped instead. God decided something needed to be done to get the people to worship Him rather than themselves.
One day, God changed all of the languages of the people. All of the sudden, they couldn’t work together to add layers to the tower. They could no longer communicate with each other. They couldn’t tell each other what they needed or what work was to be done.
Rather than being able to work together, they suddenly found it impossible to build the tower higher into the sky. Not speaking the same language was very confusing and upsetting. They got so frustrated with the differences in their languages that they eventually left the tower. The different people then moved into other lands with people who spoke their own language. The people then realized ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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