November 5, 2010
Man has always had within himself a desire to soar, both in spirit and physically. It is not at all strange this drive which in he last century has found a home in airplanes, rockets, spaceships, and space stations. Wanting to go higher, above it all, and look at things from a different perspective seems almost reasonable for a being which was formed at His Creator Image. Something within man yearns to lift him higher, but, alas, the result of this drive has instead taken him into the lower depths of his existence. Of course, sin and rebellion are the causes of man not being able to reach for the sky, but sin and rebellion will not stop man from trying.
It is recorded in the Word, that early man displayed this very attitude which found its fulfillment at the construction of the tower of Babel:
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.
We know what happened next. The tower which the people were building was left unfinished and got the name Babel, which means “confusion” or “mixture,” became a place of divine judgment upon a rebel mankind.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
To this day, the word Babel it is a proverb and a symbol for confusion. One would think that the lesson has not been lost but indeed it has.
This was then. And the following is here and now.
Burj (Khalifa) Dubai, the tallest building in the world was recently completed and inaugurated, with much pump and fanfare, in the city of Dubai. Soaring at 828 meters, it stands a monument to man creativity and ability, a marvel of engineering, from top to bottom. Indeed, as the Word states, “nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Man can indeed soar, but in his rebellious state, will fall to the ground and his attempts end to nothing.
In the observation deck on top of Burj (Khalifa) Dubai, visitors can read the following inscription, which is reproduced in the above picture:
I am the power that lifts the world’s head proudly skywards, surpassing limits and expectations. Rising gracefully from the desert and honoring the city with a new glory, I am an extraordinary union of engineering and art, with every detail carefully considered and beautifully crafted…’
‘I am the power that lifts the world’s head proudly skywards, surpassing limits and expectations. Rising gracefully from the desert and honoring the city with a new glory, I am an extraordinary union of engineering and art, with every detail carefully considered and beautifully crafted…’
I am the heart of the city and its people, the marker that defines Emaar’s ambition and Dubai’s shining dream. More than just a moment in time, I define moments for future generations…’
Same arrogance, same pride as in Babel. Same words uttered thousands of years ago, in the face of God, Who, did not let things go as they thought, but judged them right there and then.
And God is about to judge Dubai and mankind at large, make no mistake about this.
As for the inner desire of man to lift himself above the earthly, yes, the fulfillment of this dream is also very near. We have to understand one thing very clearly: it is not bad or evil wanting to lifts ourselves from the human condition, limited and at times sadly tragic. The problem is HOW WE GO ABOUT IT. If we try to do it placing God aside (a very futile and doomed attempt), we may indeed soar at times, but the higher we go, the faster and the harder we will fall down. But if we do it in the Grace of God, (read SALVATION IN CHRIST) oh, the story changes and the dream becomes reality. Guaranteed. Listen to this which will befall all true believer of the Messiah Jesus:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
We will indeed soar, in spirit, mind, and body. A total experience! A most amazing, unique, irreversible, electrifying, glorious, transfiguring event! By reservation only.