Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Babel

(Genesis 11:1-9)

Once upon a time and long before yesteryear
Men spoke one language and all could hear
What anyone might say from any single place
One speech was given to serve the human race

But there came a time when men traveled east
And they settled in Shinar both men and beast
This new land became heart and hearth to them
And it was far better than where they had been

One day they said to all, let’s build us a city
So they enlisted builder, bricklayer and smitty
With a plan they chose to build to heaven high
A tower that reached above the ground into the sky

And with bricks baked through and brick for stone
Asphalt for mortar they made their plans well known
To succeed in this great scheme would seal their worth
A guarantee they wouldn’t be scattered about the earth

But so often to great men with their dreams and plan
They forget they are nothing more than mortal man
It happened that the Lord came down one day to see
The city and tower being built with such ingenuity

The Lord observed first hand all that they had done
He took note of the fact that these people were one
With one language to help them complete their scheme
Nothing could stop them for accomplishing this dream

And so the Lord said to all the members of the Trinity
Let us go down and inject the powers of our Divinity
We will confuse their language and all of their speech
Scattered and confused will stop their wicked reach

The Lord scattered them all over the face of this earth
Now all men speak different languages from their birth
The building of this city came to a halt that fateful hour
When God stopped the work on Babel’s brick tower


nashvillecats2 said...

Wonderful post and verse Gregg.
Anything coming up about Daniel in the Lions Den?


Arlee Bird said...

I think this is a wonderful concept--so very creative while also being instructional. Have you considered partnering with an illustrator and putting together a children's book? I think there could be a market in this. I have a friend who has been doing something of this nature, though not rhymed. I don't know that you've used a vocabulary here that would be overly advanced for kids as kids today are pretty smart and they learn words by being read to in a format such as this.

Hey, you've got me fired up! But I do think there is some potential here--even for an adult market. Personally I enjoyed this immensely. Job well done with a message delivered very clearly. This story has always fascinated me.

Keep up this good work, Gregg.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Wrote By Rote

Eddie Eddings said...

Loving your creativity.
Maybe you could do "Propitiation" when you reach the letter P.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Already done, how did you know?

Eddie Eddings said...

You forget I have CIA agents.

Gregg Metcalf said...

AH yes. I forgot about Corky Velveeta.