In the Babel episode it is recorded that the whole world had one language. They are one people (one race). But the people misused it. They wanted to build a city and tower (v.4) that they would make a name for themselves and not dispersed all over the world. Their intention contradicts God’s intention. They had confidence on their own abilities. God saw their intention (Gen11.5-6). God intervened and re-established his plan for human kind. He destroyed their plan.
First, God confused their language that they could no longer communicate with one another. Second, He dispersed them all over the earth. By doing this God carried out his plan for humanity. The Babel episode demonstrates the emergence of many languages and communities. People could no longer understand one another’s language for many years.
On the Day of Pentecost God gave the opportunity once again the people of different languages could understand one another (Acts 2:6-8, Parthia, Media, and Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia etc). The believers who were empowered by the Holy Spirit could speak in the living languages of the people telling the mighty works of God (Acts 2:11). Some of them were amazed and perplexed while others got offended at the works of God. Thus, on the Day of Pentecost God used human language in showing his purpose for the world.
Today the same God is speaking to us through his Word, the Bible in the languages of the people. Many people are hungry to read and hear the Word of God. Out of 6912 living languages around the world, about 2479 languages have the Bible. As people ask the Bible in their languages, they affirm three important aspects of the Bible.
(i) The Bible is the inspired word of God (2 Tim 3.16-17). It continues to
transform persons and society from within and outside.
(ii) It is our Book. It is written for us. We should not be deprived of it.
(iii) It speaks to the people in the midst of their struggles. When the people
read the Bible they are regenerated. They experience new life and new hope.
How about us? Are we not fortunate to have Bible in English, in Khasi,
in Garo, in Naga, in Assamese, in Bengali, in Hindi and the lists go on….But how do we do with Bible? Are we not finding it interesting like other novels? Are we skeptic about it? Do we keep it on book shelf like ordinary book? Or do we read it and use it in our daily lives?
It is important for us to affirm that the Bible is the most important treasure in our lives. It teaches us the Truth, helps us to live godly life and equips us to be worthy of his service (2 Tim 3:16-17). Let our lives, our families and our whole being be rooted in it and live worthy of God. Let us cherish it, treasure it, read and study it and live it out in our daily lives.
God bless you all.
Rev. Aheto Sumi