Did you know that there are an estimated 250,000 words in the English language? People who study languages also estimate that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages throughout the world. Wow! What a vast supply of reference to choose from when preparing to write something someone else will read.

It happens every week in pulpits all over the world! The vast supply of “words” are dipped into by, as a great mentor of mine calls them, “Pulpiteers,” only too often just to deliver nothing more than confusion, rather than clarity. Don’t misunderstand. I am not suggesting every word that comes from every pulpit is untrustworthy. There are definitely voices coming from pulpits that are to be trusted! There are also a vast number that are too often given a “free reign” to say anything they want and then expect those that listen to them to trust them explicitly when they themselves have no clue of what they truly are saying. To think of all the notorious verbiage about God and His Kingdom that has been delivered on a weekly basis, and even in His name — when He has nothing at all to do with what is being said, is mind-blowing to me.

Why? Let me explain!

Think again of all the words that are at our disposal to choose from anytime we desire! Have you ever wondered of their origin? I am glad you asked! If you know your scripture well enough you already know the answer. At a point in history there was, what I call, a “reset” of the languages of the world. That point was at a place called Babel.

Those of you who know me know how I love to dig into the definitions and origins of words. Do you know what the name Babel means? It means, “Confusion.” You most likely remember the story of the Tower of Babel. Men, wanting to build a tower to reach Heaven and make a name for themselves.

Now, check this out… the word “tower,” from its origins, means “rostrum” or “pulpit!” Get the picture? Babel=confusion. Tower=rostrum=pulpit.

Most people consider the story of the Tower of Babel to be all about the confusion of the languages and to be the origin of most of the languages that exists today.

A great and dear friend and spiritual brother of mine recently penned some words on this subject I believe are worthy of your consideration:

“We tend to relate the story of Babylon to the confusion of earthly languages from one to thousands from English to Mandarin. However, Babylon is consistently associated in scripture from Genesis to Revelation with the many denominational versions of what the Bible says.

“Let’s break it down: de-nomi-nation. ”De” means to reduce or pull away. “Nomi” means to name something. “Nation” is a community of people sharing a common language and culture.

“I am regularly convicted by what Jesus said to the religious practitioners of His day when He said, “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them. You won’t go in yourself, and won’t let anyone else in either” (Luke 11: 52 MSG).

“Do I, like the Pharisees, study the scriptures to prove what I already believe? Am I looking for principles that conform to my views or am I looking for the Person who can transform my subliminal subjectivity?

“Even the silver-tongued apostle Paul was bereft of adjectives to describe what he saw in his third heaven encounter. (2 Corinthians 12: 1-4) Language languishes under the burden of attempting to expound on His attributes.

“Consult the richest thesaurus and it is still just Babylonian gibberish. Indescribable, indefinable, unutterable, incommunicable, all fall woefully short. The very best you can do is say, “God Is Love.”

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I am nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if have faith that says to a mountain ‘Jump’, and it jumps, but don’t have love, I’m nothing… No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I am bankrupt without love” (1 Cor. 13 MSG).

Worley, Randall (2015-06-30). Brush Strokes of Grace: Finding Grace In A Graceless World.”

My point? It seems that even the story of the Tower of Babel is not just a source of languages, but more so a source of confusion. I agree with my brother Randall. There is nothing we can say that will truly justify who He truly is. Take not just our own encounters and experiences, but all the collective moments of the human race in the past combined together of when anyone had any type of encounter with Almighty God; there are no words in any language that can offer true justification of who He is! It is true – the best we could possibly do is just say, “God is Love!”

I am also reminded of the words of a Sandy Patty (I believe) song, “Love in Any Language,” that says:

“Love in any language, straight from the heart

Pulls us all together, never apart

And once we learn to speak it, all the world will hear

Love in any language, fluently spoken here”

That could only work for one reason – LOVE! After all, it is who He is!

Pastor Tim