12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
In Genesis chapter 9, immediately after the Flood, God told Noah’s family to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
So what did the people do within a few generations?
In Genesis 11 we find that they tried to settle in one place together and build a tower to live in there. It became known as the Tower of Babel, because these people transgressed God’s command. They refused to do as God commanded, so he confused their languages (the creation of different languages) and scattered them around the planet (the creation of different people groups).
In other words, God overthrew their words.
Preserved through Denial
However, God has a knack for keeping around some faithful friends.
This is the real reason Israel was established: to keep the record of God’s goodness and expectations of humanity, and to bring about His reconciliation with the world.
Israel could barely maintain a small minority of faithful followers, though. As a nation, they largely denied God’s truth.
Today, we live in a world of people who present confusing “facts.” Even when their own facts go against reason, they persist in their arrogance and often cause more confusion.
This is true within and outside of the Church.
Fortunately, God preserves sound knowledge through His Bible, through His Holy Spirit, and through a relative few who study matters and come to clear conclusions.
Are you slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19) and therefore grow in and preserve knowledge, or do you repeat whatever sounds good to you and spread confusion?
Wise Lord, help us to control our minds and tongues, that we may not cause more confusion and chaos but peace and understanding.
July 27th, 2013 at 8:05 am
Just this morning I asked someone close to me, someone who is married to me and has a name that rhymes with “alerie,” not to use certain words this morning. Certain words lead to other words and actions which make days go bad. For instance, I don’t want to hear the word “list” in any sentence spoken on a Saturday morning, at least not before I have a cup of coffee.
July 27th, 2013 at 11:39 am
Ironically, just this morning someone close to me, someone who is married to me and has a name that rhymes with “aitlin,” asked me to walk the dog (before the alarm went off). Then the dog started jumping on me (before the alarm went off). I walked him down to the corner gas station to get a coffee.