And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.’
I had never thought about it like this before, but this is a story of God’s mercy toward his people, toward humanity. Man had shown what he would do with his freedom – evi. Even after the flood, Noah sinned and cursed his son, Ham. What humanity would do as a unified group would go down the same path as Lamech – even worse than Cain.
God’s mercy doesn’t always look like what we expect.