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Day of Pentecost

Genesis 11.1–9
Acts 2.1–21
John 14.8–17

The story of the Tower of Babel continues the theology of sin that is found in Genesis 2 and 3, in the story of the Fall. Eve and Adam’s desire to seize for themselves a knowledge that properly belongs to God alone is at the heart of their fractured relationship with God. Similarly, here in Genesis 11, the people begin to build their tower so that they can get as near to heaven as possible, and grab a bit of fame and glory for themselves. ‘Let us make a name for ourselves,’ they decide...

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