Yeshua said that the great hallmark of faith in Him—of having the Torah written inside our hearts and minds in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant)—is love:
“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
Although all of Noah’s family were saved physically, each one had to choose the way of spiritual salvation—a transformation of the heart. Shem and Yafet showed a right heart and right spirit, while their brother Ham, showed that his heart needed to be regenerated.
This curse over Ham did not end with him, but carried on down the generations.
We may unknowingly also carry curses upon our lives from generational sins of our family before us. The atoning blood of Yeshua paid the price for all our sins and has the power to break these curses; however, we must receive, proclaim, and walk in our freedom in the Son.
One of Ham’s sons was Cush. His son, Nimrod, began the kingdom of Babel (modern day Iraq). Nimrod also built the wicked city of Nineveh, to which God sent Jonah to preach repentance.
The Tower of Babel was built in the land of Shinar, which is in Babylon (Iraq).
In Hebrew, Babel means confusion.
The people of the world unified in their goal of building the tower of Babel, but their motives were founded in control and rebellion against God.
They wanted to control their destiny.
“And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’” (Genesis 11:4)
As a result, to save humankind from being united to do evil, God was forced to bring confusion to their languages to destroy their works.
“Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Genesis 11:7)
It is ironic that the very thing they feared, being scattered and divided across all the earth, is exactly what happened to them when they attempted to secure their own future without relying on God.
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.” (Genesis 11:8)
In everything we do, we must examine our motives to see if we are attempting to “build a name for ourselves”or working to build the Kingdom of God. All that is built with impure motives will be destroyed on the Day of Judgment.
Still, there is a principle here that we must not miss: when the people come into unity of heart, mind, and purpose—nothing is impossible for them!
“And the LORD said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.’” (Genesis 11:6)
God Himself acknowledges that such unity is a powerful force.
When we submit to the tactic of divide and conquer, we succumb to weakness and defeat. That is why the enemy of our souls works overtime to cause division in churches, families, and marriages.
It is in unity rooted in righteousness and Godliness that God commands His blessing:
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1, 3)
Imagine what Believers can accomplish when they are motivated by love and united in God’s purposes.
The Language of Love
What created such unity among the people of Babel? They all spoke the same language.
The only thing necessary to destroy the entire work of building the Tower of Babel was to disrupt their communication.
But communication is not only based on the language or dialect we speak.
A best-selling book by Gary Chapman called The 5 Love Languages analyzes five different emotional communication preferences that connect people to each other: words of affirmation; acts of service; receiving gifts; quality time; and physical touch.
Understanding these preferences can help us deepen our relationships with others in our homes, work, and daily travels.
Even more so, Believers are to be uniquely connected to each other through God’s love language, which is expressed through one mind, one heart, and one spirit rooted in His Word.
This is how we speak God’s love language: we must instruct, exhort, rebuke, encourage, and respond to others with the fruit of His Spirit—love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23).
There is a famous Jewish saying: “May you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi!”
Those who follow Yeshua, walking closely in His footsteps and sitting humbly at His feet, become covered in the dust of His sandals.
Communicating in the unity of God’s love language is one way we can identify those who are covered in the dust of Yeshua and are truly His disciples (talmidim).
The Coming Judgment
Just like the flood in the days of Noah, in the end times, judgment will come suddenly (Matthew 24:36–41).
But those who know the Lord need not fear, for He will provide a safe shelter, a teivah, from the raging storm of tribulation just as He provided the ark for Noah and his family.
The prophet Isaiah wrote,
“Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.” (Isaiah 26:20)
May we emerge from the Ark of God’s shelter in the unity of faith to establish the new heavens and the new earth of peace and righteousness and justice under the rule of the Messiah, Yeshua.