God justly blinds and confuses men, even by the scriptures themselves, when they do not approach Him rightly.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 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.
God is the Author of Confusion
He confused the earth's population at Babel, so they could not communicate and finish their humanitarian project for world unity.
Just imagining the utter chaos and anger at being unable to achieve even the most elementary communication should humble us.
God told them to multiply and replenish the earth, and they rebelled with haughty ambitions of unity in their own name.
If some think God would not confuse rebellious men, they stand in the same ignorant wickedness of those confounded souls.
God is Not the Author of Confusion
Paul told Corinth God did not approve the confusion in their assemblies as a result of chaotic speaking in tongues (I Cor 14:33).
He ordered all things be done decently and in order (I Cor 14:40).
God does not want saints confusing the orderly things He ordains.
Only a sovereign God will reveal truth to some and deceive others.
It boosts the value of each jot and tittle of truth to be very precious.
It crushes the popular ideas of God and scripture taught by others.
It humbles the most intelligent and intellectual men to the ground.
It explains and comforts that only a small minority will have truth.
It crushes man's rights into nothing and exalts God's rights over us.
It exalts the King James Bible as the most incredible, supernatural book of all.
It proves God's love to us more than anything but Christ's death.
It destroys the idea of evangelism that methods affect conversions.
It proves God can move you, benefactors, or enemies to anything.
God glories in His ability to confuse haughty men as one of His marvelous works (Job 5:8-14; 12:14-25; Is 44:24-25; I Cor 3:19).
He judges men sometimes by giving them their own foolish lusts and requests (Psalm 78:17-33; 81:11-12; 106:15; Prov 1:29-32).
He blinds men to basic natural knowledge, when they disregard and disobey Him. He darkens their understanding and gives them over to a reprobate mind, until they do perverse and inconvenient things greedily and viciously (Rom 1:18-32; Eph 4:17-19).
He darkens their hearts for rejecting creation truth (Romans 1:19-21).
He hates professors of wisdom i.e. intellectual teachers (Romans 1:22).
He perverts their minds for choosing their own gods (Romans 1:22-28).
He rewires their minds to do inconvenient things (Romans 1: 24, 1:26-27).
God promised in advance to harden Pharaoh's heart and get Himself great glory upon Pharaoh and Egypt (Ex 4:21), and then He blinded Pharaoh to take his chariots down into the Red Sea after ten plagues that should have warned him (Ex 9:16; 14:4).
Consider Nebuchadnezzar, the king of kings! God reduced this proud monarch to a grass-eating beast of the field and totally removed his reason from him for seven years (Dan 4:28-37).
God judged Egypt's wise men and princes with blindness and a perverse spirit of madness (Isaiah 19:11-17).
God can help Josiah find the word of God when it is lost and be humbled by it (II Kgs 22:8-11). He can cause a famine of the word of God to the same nation (Amos 8:11-12). He can bring blindness and confusion on those who have His word (Isaiah 29:9-16).
God hates hypocrisy and deceived the hypocrites of Israel into gross wickedness of bad laws and profane religious practices, even offering their children to pagan idols (Ezek 20:1-3,25-26,39).
God blinded His own people to the truth for their sins, which is never mentioned when many use Isaiah 6:8 to call the uncalled to the mission field (Isaiah 6:9-12; 63:17; 66:3-4; Ezek 7:26-27).
God judged those Jews who rejected the Messiah of God with deceived and blinded hearts (Ps 69:20-28; Isaiah 6:9-12; John 12:37-41; Acts 28:23-29; Rom 11:7-10,25-28).
God sends strong delusion and deception to truth-rejecters, so that they will believe lies, and He can damn them with superstition (II Thess 2:9-12; I Kings 22:7-23; II Chron 18:6-22; Jer 4:9-10).
He glorifies Himself by hiding truth from the wise and educated and revealing it to ignorant babes, which exalts revelation over education and rationalization, and which identifies seminaries as actually being cemeteries for truth and wisdom (Matt 11:25-27).
When belly-worshipping Jews tried to make Jesus king, He confused them about bread and eating and drinking Him in a context of God's sovereignty until they left Him (John 6:60-69)!
He mocks our sciences, or knowledge, and rightly so, describing them as "science falsely so called" (I Tim 6:20). And no wonder!
When a people rebel, He takes from them wise and honorable men and leaves women and children to oppress them (Isaiah 3:1-15).
In the perilous times of the last days, men choose a form of godliness and love pleasures, deception and deceivers get worse, and truth impossible (II Tim 3:6-9,13).
Jesus came into the world for judgment: He gave sight to the blind and blindness to the seeing (John 9:39-41; Luke 8:18; 9:24-26).
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