Re:Verse reading–Genesis 11:1-9 (day one)
It is a strange story. Often misunderstood. We call it “the tower of Babel”, but it is really about oneness. “Behold, they are ONE people and they all have ONE language. . .nothing will be impossible for them.”–v 6.
In John 17:20-21, Jesus talks about a different (and better) oneness. “I do not ask for these alone, but for those who believe in me through their word; that they may all be ONE; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I am in Thee, that they may also be IN US; that the world may believe that Thou didst send me.”
True oneness is with God, Himself. It comes when the human race ceases its rebellion and is reconciled to God and His purpose. Jesus, as a perfect example of humanity, was ONE with the Father. We are to be like Him!
Without this surrender, the gathered unity of mankind is dangerous and counterproductive.