Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

The Tower of Babel in Reverse

July 21, 2018

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1

“They” is a reference back to Acts 1:15 where we are told about 120 believers—not just the apostles, but the whole congregation.

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (2:2-4).

God gave these believers the ability to speak spontaneously in languages they had never learned. They didn’t have any language training. The significance of this was that there was a large crowd in Jerusalem of people from every nation under heaven (2:5). When people gathered, they heard the 120 believers all speaking different languages at the same time. It must have sounded quite chaotic. But as each of the people listened carefully, they realized that someone was speaking their own language, and of course, the natural thing was to gather around them.

When Peter and speaks to the crowd, he says, “This is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams’” (2:16-17).

This is the Tower of Babel in reverse. At Babel, the people were separated by the judgment of God when he confused their language. But here God is drawing people together through the speaking of different languages.

Reflect on how God continues to bring all kinds of people together by his Spirit.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


Explore this topic further

Why Doesn’t Everybody Believe?

How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? Romans 10:14 Some do not believe because they have not heard. This is the reason we are to tell the good news of Jesus to every person on the planet. This is the Great Commission. Go and...

Read Post

Was Jesus Really Given for You?

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life...” John 6:40 To look on the Son is another way of saying “believe” in him. Who is included in the everyone that John talks about here? Sometimes we find it...

Read Post

What It Means to Believe in Jesus

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Believing in Jesus means not trusting in yourself or your own attempts at pleasing God. There is a transfer of trust away from yourself...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

How Can I Be Sure About Heaven?

From Pastor Colin S. Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.