The Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:9)
When Noah’s descendants disobeyed God’s command to fill the earth, God gave them different languages, causing them to spread over the earth. The scattering of people explains the formation of different people groups.
From the account in Genesis 11, we know that the people decided to build a tower to reach heaven instead of following God’s instructions to spread across the earth.
“And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city” (Genesis 11:6–8).
At Babel, humans rejected God’s plan, worshipping the creation rather than the Creator and following their own way rather than God’s way. All human religions have followed their example, inventing myths to replace God’s creation account and Noah’s flood. They ignore God’s warnings of judgment and his promises of blessing.
When you visit the Creation Museum, you can learn more about the tower of Babel in our Confusion exhibit.
Our latest children’s book, The Tower, teaches kids all about the tower of Babel in a fun and engaging way. In this video, Ian Osborne joins his father, Bryan Osborne, to discuss this exciting new resource from the Creation Museum.
As children discover the events that took place at Babel through the eyes of three fictional children, they’ll uncover valuable lessons about God’s judgment and mercy and the origin of the nations and languages we have today.
In The Tower, kids will meet Jered, Nephti, and Damian, three friends living over one hundred years after the global flood recorded in Genesis.
When the mighty hunter Nimrod saves the children from a monster attack, Jered wants to be like him. But is Nimrod really the hero Jered thinks he is? After a conversation with his ancestor Shem, Jered wonders if their people who are building a great city and tower are being disobedient to God. If they are, what judgment might God bring?