The Tower of Babel


Pride; Rebellion against God


A stack of flashcards with the word hello in several different languages.


Genesis 11:1-9 Key Verse: Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” Genesis 11:4

How many languages do you speak? Do you speak English? How about Spanish or Japanese? I thought it might be fun to learn how to say, "Hello" in several different languages. I have some flashcards that will help us to do that. (Hold up the flashcards one at a time helping the children learn to say the word)

The first card is Spanish. The Spanish word for hello is HOLA (oh-la). Can you say that with me? (Say it together.)

The word for hello in Italian is CIAO (tchow). Let's say it together. An interesting thing about that word is that it is used for both hello and goodbye!

To greet someone in Japan, you might say, konnichiwa. (kon-nee-chee-wah) Say it with me, konnichiwa.

People in Hawaii also use the same word for hello and goodbye. You may know that word, it is Aloha. (ah-lo-ha) Let's all say it together.

Some places in Africa they speak Swahili. They may greet you by saying, "Jambo." (jahm-bo) Say it with me. "Jambo."

At one time, all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. They found a place in the land of Babylon and settled there. They said to one another, "Let's make bricks and use them to build ourselves a tower that reaches to heaven. Then we will become famous."

God came down to look over the city and the tower. He was not happy with what the people were doing. He said, "One people, one language, this is just the first step. There is no telling what they will do next." So God confused the people by causing them to speak in different languages so that they would not be able to understand one another. Then God scattered them all over the world so that they were unable to build the tower. The city became known as Babel because that sounds like a Hebrew word that means "confusion."

Bragging, boasting, and showing off is never pleasing to God. You and I are important to God—not because of all the great things we can do. We are important because we are his children. When we think more highly of ourselves than we should, like the people in our lesson today, it makes God sad. When we are serving God and giving him the glory, he is pleased.

Father, we thank you for helping us to work together as your children. Help us not to brag about what we have done, but to praise you for all that you have done. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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