TOWERS OF MAN – TOWER OF GOD
BY: ROMEO CORSINI
The tower of Babel rose to the height of man’s own purpose and man’s unity: man knew what he wanted to achieve and knew how to proceed, forgetting where he received all his abilities and knowledge to accomplish the tasks. God knew that man would be and is very capable of doing what he sets his mind to; after all, God made man in His image. Yet, because He loves His creation, He knows that it is not good for man to exclude the will of his God from man’s activities because, then, man would be his own reward. God wants to be man’s reward. Today, the evidence of the tower is evident throughout the spectrum of man’s existence: from religious fundamentalism to homosexuality to the glorification of wealth. It even extends to children growing up to insist on living their own lives based on what they want for themselves and ignoring the training and instruction they received from their parents. The complexities of today’s familial make-up decry any attempt to establish set standards of behavior because the depth of such complexities can only be searched by God and his wisdom — obviously not by man. In man’s hands, they’ve become even deeper.
From the beginning man has been trying to build his tower to himself. With Adam, God said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken”. At the tower of Babel, God confounded the vanity of the builders and forced them to get down from the tower back to the ground. It is evident that the Lord intends that man, as long as he exists in this bodily form, is not to forget that he is part of the earth. For dust thou art and dust thou shalt return. Any attempts to attain higher aspirations through his flesh will always result in his discovering that he and the earth are one. God can only be attained through the leadership of God’s Spirit, and only spirit can follow spirit. Thus, what remains to be known is that man must become spirit to be allowed to eat of the tree of life or to be allowed to experience a tower to heaven.
There is nothing wrong with building the tower. Indeed, it is representative of seeking God and joining him in his dwelling place. It’s the builder who is in question. Who will build the tower? What is wrong is the thinking that man can live in the realm of heights through and in the same flesh that is bound to the gravity of his earth. Earth must first be abandoned before one can sustain any length of stay above it. Today we know that in order to be free from the gravitational pull of the earth, one must first leave its realm of gravity completely to float in the expanse of space. One foot cannot remain in gravity while the other extends out into space, as if to try to have it both ways. So it is in the realms of flesh and spirit. When you permit your spirit to follow God’s Spirit you are giving up the ghost: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit, and having said thus, he (Jesus) gave up the ghost. He gave up that part that was the power to his flesh. Obviously it was not an easy thing to do; yet, ultimately it is THE thing to do, it must be done and, thank God for Jesus Christ, who, on our behalf, was faithful to fulfill the perfect atonement. We, through him, can say we have been and are being pried loose from this flesh that we might be worthy to eat of the tree of life and build the tower to heaven.
The Nimrod tower continues to be attempted by so many, a tower made by hands of flesh with the false notion that the higher it is built, the mightier and stronger the name. Believers everywhere are following ‘mighty men of God’ who declare, Let us build a tower to heaven that we might build a name for ourselves that the world might know us as Christians! (Gen. 11:4). It doesn’t matter the mockery that is cast upon God because of them. They have their conceptions of the way it ought to be, therefore, by golly, it will be done! They are willing to die trying to build a tower underneath themselves so that they have no need to climb; but they also have no true gauge to test the foundation of their structures. It is disheartening to see the vain towers that are being built in vast numbers, monuments to man’s ideas of God and how to worship Him. God would have us follow Him in a much simpler way — in reverse. He shows us that He is to build the tower in our midst that we might climb HIS tower. His tower is not a physical tower but a spiritual one. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. (Ezek. 37:27). The structures that have for centuries been being built are nothing more than hiding places for Adam. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God AMONGST THE TREES OF THE GARDEN. Truly they thought they could be secure amongst the rest of the trees, and still, the tree of life was there in the middle of the garden; but they did not eat of it. As long as those towers, or trees, are the favorite preoccupations of the people, God will not allow the true tower nor the true tree to be experienced. Only those in whose midst God builds his sanctuary, those who have given up the ghost, who have fled the realm of ‘gravity’, and those who would have ears to hear, will be able to taste and see that the Lord is good. I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself. (Gen. 3:10). Who told thee that thou wast naked? You fill the earth, oh God, and I was in the midst of this earth and all your creation, even amongst all those others who are naked and who do not know you, and I realized I was naked and I was afraid so I ran into the towers that we made, the ones I prefer to be among, and I hid myself there because to remain out there was to have to deal with the responsibility of hearing the truth. Out there I am like one of them, in need of you, and in here, among the trees and towers, I feel that I am still in your garden.
But, my child, you cannot stay in the garden if you’re deceived… But Who told you that you were naked? Who told you that you had anything to fear? You no longer have a nakedness to hide. My son the anointed one has covered you and you no longer have to hide but allow me to build my sanctuary in your midst. There is no nakedness to hide because all things have been exposed. It is time to let my presence be your tree of preference, the tower of your preoccupation. Jesus is the minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man. (Heb. 8:2).
So, to those who struggle with what place “church” has in their lives, to those who discern that the traditional traditions of men worshipping God are not the leading of the Lord for them, but are reluctant to test their liberty in the Lord, let me declare, “But the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24). Is there anyone who will bravely tell us how to worship in spirit and in truth? How does one worship in spirit? How does one worship in truth? It does not tell us that you must be born a church goer. It tells us that you must be born from above. I have met no one who has ever had anything to do with being born. It is a choice-less situation in every case. As man was placed deliberately into the vanity of this flesh, so is he placed deliberately into the glory of this spirit — choice-less. Man is born into the spirit just as ‘not’ willingly as he is born into the flesh not willingly. The struggle is therefore not learning to ‘deal with’ or ‘cope with’ the one or the other. We think of worshipping in the sense of singing and praying and praising. Yet, true worship, spiritual worship always begins with determinations and decisions to let go of the flesh in toto, completely. The realm higher (above) than flesh is spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…The wind bloweth where it listeth (chooses), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3: 6, 8) If then we be spirit, it must follow that those who ‘hear’ us are not able to tell what ‘churches’ we belong to or which ones we are going to, but we worship and are heard (known) by the effect of our living, the example we leave behind us. Therefore, let us be encouraged to develop the gifts graciously bestowed on us freely, (1 Cor. 12), the gifts of discernment in particular, that we might better know ourselves as the spiritual creatures that we are and be able to hear the voice of our God who will lead us and guide us into all that is truth. Put away your guilt and condemnation and know that the Lord our God is one Lord and your ears and eyes are his instruments. The earth is his and he will have his way with your towers of Babel or your hidings amongst the trees. It is all vanity and the end of it is the ground. Rather, let your spirits soar in the heights of God’s own tabernacle, let your spirits feast on the tree of life which cannot be ruled by traditions but by the listing (choosing) of the Spirit. Are you available to Him or do you have a schedule to meet to build your own construction or choose your own trees? Be set free to hear for yourselves the voice of your God and you will be more one with your brother than a traditional man! THEY gather together for signs and wonders. (John 4:48). WE have seen the sign and wonder!
…Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42: 3-6). The end of your own perceptions will always be in dust and ashes. The beginning of understanding is knowing what is holy – your spirit – and learning the glory of submitting to its heights.
Man’s defiance of God can be evidenced through his vast accumulation of knowledge and great successes: underlying his works and advances is the statement to himself that he has no need of God for he can accomplish all things on his own, as long as he follows his own leading. “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Gen 11:4) God had instructed them that they should scatter and replenish the earth. He also confirmed that they had nothing to fear from him anymore for he would never again curse the earth nor smite every living thing (Gen 8:21). Yet, out of fear and distrust, they thought to build something high enough that would protect them from any future flood the Lord might set upon them. They also thought to establish their heritage in their own accomplishments rather than be known for being the children of the most high God by allowing him to lead them in their wanderings. Stubbornly, they dug their heels in their positions and refused to move.
As long as man relies on himself he will learn nothing from himself, for his stubborness condemns him to repeat his failures and mistakes. “The wicked, through pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous;” (Ps. 10:4-5)
Here we have a people who tried to keep themselves from wandering by focusing on one project. They spoke one language, understood each other and were convinced that their way was the reasonable, proper way. Once they saw the beginnings of success of their efforts they then did imagine a vain thing: there was nothing they could not accomplish on their own. “…and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Gen 11:6) In short, they were more loyal to their own ideas and to their commitment to each other than to their God.
The church system today attempts to control people in the same way. They keep them from “wandering” with the Spirits leading by neglecting to encourage them to learn more and more of God and his Christ. They limit the learning and teaching to their doctrines and their precepts. They manipulate their people into staying, recruiting and multiplying right where they are so that they keep building on to their “towers”, growing bigger and bigger. They never seem to learn from previous mistakes, even when their “language” is confounded through such incidents as exposures of breaches of ethics, moral conduct, splits. When some do leave one, they jump right into another similar situation. They do not hear the Lord saying, “And you, be ye fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly IN THE EARTH, and multiply therein.” (Gen 9:7)
When I read that, I understood the Lord to mean that I should be fruitful and multiply; that I should learn more and more of the nature of God’s son so that this earth that I am, this person of mine, could so grow in stature and in Him that it would multiply through influence. After all, that which I set out to increase in the earth is the Son of God, not the 25th church of the third avenue of the 9th advent of the second coming interdenominational! It is good to fellowship and come together. But let us do that as believers of the same thing and not as supporters of the same corporation.
Some of us are much too proud of how much we think we know God and his Son that, without realizing it, we become snobs where others are concerned, failing to realize the command we have received to share Him with others through the influence of our own growth in Him. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John. 12:32) There is that same earth again… me!
Are you stubborn in your own rut? Are you so indoctrinated even by the precepts of the very things you agree with that you cannot trust God to carry you through the very wandering he has commanded of you? Are you, then, building your tower of Babel by doing this, doing that, carrying this, carrying that, in order to make sure you are doing everything just right to protect yourself from any future wrath of God? What’s the matter? Haven’t you any trust in God? Has he not told you he would not ever again do that? He is not a heathen god or an idol that has to be appeased. Will all your efforts succeed in assuring you a place in the Christian hall of fame? Or has the masterful, complete and perfect work of Christ finally dawned in your spirit as the ultimate and only sufficient work necessary to allow you to carry on the business of being a witness about his wonder?
There is so much darkness out there in the world, so much blindness, so much need of the power of God’s grace that I can’t see how time should be wasted on theories, pet doctrines, us-against-them-isms (all towers of Babel); the son of God needs to be seen and demonstrated that the world might see his fullness in you. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: and they shall NOT teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” (Heb. 8:10-11)
How will they come to know him if not by the influence of my witness, to mean my living his life. (Put aside the flesh and think spirit. Sometimes we put the cart before the horse. We think that if we deal with our flesh, fix this flesh up, get this flesh under control, we could then be more spiritual. It works the other way: the more we submit to the spirit the more he takes care of fixing the flesh. Have you ever found yourself not doing any good because you were trying so hard not to do anything bad? Remember that Christ died for you. There is no dying left for you to do: begin living!).
Paul refers to his dying daily as a reference to discipline: “I die daily… Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” (I Cor. 15:31 – II Cor. 4:10) But of the death of deaths that was the propitiation for sin Paul declares: “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL!” (Heb. 10:10). Bearing…. in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus is the conviction that there is no other sacrifice that will count toward salvation, therefore, ought we to declare that his death is the reason for my life with every move we make and every breath we inhale.
It is futile for man to attempt to create and maintain unity by material means alone without God. Many marriages today are towers of Babel just waiting for their collapse in confusion and dispersement because they are maintained by superficial means:
………enough money to cover debts
………enough insurance to cover threats
………everything seems to be in agreement
What’s missing is obedience to the command of God to increase and multiply in the earth. They stop growing in Him. They stay ‘put’ in their teachings and refuse to budge from all they know. They are afraid of the spirit of God because he might teach them something that would cause them to change. Many are afraid to let go of the apron strings of “mother” church or “mother” teaching. Even those who “know better” can find themselves with their heels dug in, refusing to move, refusing to scatter to increase and multiply in the earth, because they are settled in their ways and their “cop-out” is that God will have to give them a second command before they will obey the first if he really wants them to move. (But when the Spirit of God calls on a man to change from his own thinking to that of God’s thinking as he did Peter, the changing is unarguable. The result of Peter’s change gave him this eternal truth to live by: “but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” (Acts 10:28)
This seems to be the reverse of the Israelites in the desert. Once free from the bondage of Egypt, they forsook their rejoicing to murmur and complain and declare…’Would that we were back there where we knew where our bread and water was coming from. At least we were settled! At least we had water and bread even if it was under bondage instead of having to trust God.’ They believed but they didn’t trust. And that is the same in many areas of all our lives. We believe all that God has told us but we haven’t the spirituality to trust him. It will be said that that is God’s business to equip us with that spirituality to trust him, according to the timing set out for us. But I am finding that what I know is what he has placed in my heart and mind therefore am I without excuse. I’m sure God can handle the world well without me, thank you. But… since I am here… let me show the fullness of Christ as I can.
Our entire approach as humans to everything is to build towers of Babel, where layer upon layer is designed to protect us from one previous wrath or another in the future. Our way of dealing with debts and deficits is to create more layers of bureaucracy to handle the previous, to handle the new approaches of creating and eliminating this or that. The solution is so simple that it is too hard for man to do. He must forgive the debt. Towers of Babel are welcome mats to more confusion and misunderstandings. The thief who is not forgiven and who does not repent of thieving has only one solution – to make restitution… steal from another to repay the first. But if forgiven and allowed to repent… then drop the subject and go on to refreshing!.
We cannot protect ourselves from the love of God. No matter how high our towers, how furious our efforts at avoiding him, his love for us knows no hurt, stays never stagnant. He will follow us to guide us and lead us into all truth until we see it. The language we speak is his or he’ll confound it. Let us live in his construction – the tower that is Jesus Christ or he’ll place us there. “Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy. O Lord, held me up.” (Ps. 94:17-18) “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things which please him.”
Here is a key to a full and happy life: living in union with God’s will. And the secret to living in union with God’s will is living your life in search of his will. “If you continue in my word… ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jhn. 8:29, 31, 32) When the word of the son of God is lacking a place in us, that is when our nature seeks to kill him, to ignore him, to get him out of our way. “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you… Ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” (John. 8:37-38)
Such a strong indictment of those who indeed claim to be and are Abraham’s seed! The ‘Babel people’ were in the same spot. They knew God. They knew their comforts, their own wills, their own wiles. Yet God himself had instructed them to scatter and multiply, but they deliberately sided with their own natures. “Let us make us a name LEST WE BE SCATTERED ABROAD UPON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH.” This was specifically against God’s command.
My encouragement to all of us, myself included, is to guard against the deception that so easily besets us: that what we are doing is right because we ourselves agree with it, when in truth it is a blatant disobedience. Holding on too tightly to something should give us a sure clue that we need to let go and let God. There is no more wonderful experience than to be led of His Spirit… and know it!
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