The account of the building of Babylon begins by saying thatthe world had one common language (as would be expected due tothe people's common descent from Noah) and since part of the world'speople moved eastward, some settled on the plain of Shinar orBabylonia. So far, so good. God had told the descendants of Noahto "increase in number and fill the earth" (Gen. 9:1),a reiteration of the command originally given to Adam and Evein Paradise (Gen. 1:28). The settlement of Shinar could be construedas a partial fulfillment of that command. Yet as we read we findthat the goal of this particular settlement was not to fulfillGod's command but to defy it. From the beginning, Babylon's goalwas to resist any further scattering of the peoples over the earthand instead to create a city where the achievements of a unitedand integrated people would be centralized.
The Bible reports this desire as an invitation to "come"together to work on this great project. It is the first important"come" of the story. "They said to each other,let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly.' Theyused brick instead of stone, and tar instead of mortar. Then theysaid, let us build ourselves a city, with a towerthat reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselvesand not be scattered over the face of the whole earth"' (Gen.3,4).
The appearance of the first city [after the flood, built byNimrod] goes back in the story of Cain and Abel, when Cain wentout and built a city. It illustrated the hunger of humanity tohuddle together for companionship, even though they were not reallyready to do it (as they still, obviously, are not ready to livetogether successfully in cities). God's final intention is tobuild a city for man. Abraham looked for "a city which hasfoundations, whose builder and maker is God." But man wasnot yet ready for that. Now here they are, again ready to builda city to satisfy the desires of body and soul. There is nothingthat does this better than for human beings to live together incities. Cities are centers of commercial and business life whereall the needs of the body can best be met. Also, cities are centersof pleasure and culture, where all the hungers of the soul canbe satisfied: hunger for beauty, art, and music and all the ingredientsof culture.
However, the heart of the matter is made clear in these words,"let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroadupon the face of the whole earth." Already a haunting fearhad set in. They were conscious already of a disruptive influencein their midst, of a centrifugal force that was pushing them apartso they could not live too closely together and which would ultimately,they feared, scatter them abroad and leave them unknown, unhonored,and unsung, living in isolated communities where they would beexposed to great danger. The fear of this caused them to builda tower and a city. The ultimate motive is expressed in thesewords, "let us make a name for ourselves."
Andthen, later, trying to describe her marriage, he discovered that he wanted towrite cleverly and aphoristically about "Marriage" with a capital Mfar more than he wanted to describe Maria's particular marriage, which,thinking of his own seemed suddenly amonumentally complex task, particularly if his own wife, Karina, was going toread it.
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Clive has a lot going for him: he's intelligent andwell read; he's made a study of contemporary fiction and can see clearly wherehis peers have gone wrong; he has read a good deal of rigorous literary theory- those elegant blueprints for novels not yet built - and is now ready to buildhis own unparalleled house of words.
What is so significant about Nimrod? The fact that he establishedcities and built a kingdom is important, of course. But thereis much more that can be said.
Impartial news: News should be impartial to create far-reaching effects on the psyche of the individuals. It is important to ensure that the news should not be biased or else it might cause more harm than good. Media houses in modern times have different corporate and political affiliations, therefore only a few newspapers provide nuanced observation of the events.
Newspapers are reflections of the society and also providing a snapshot of the different sectors of the economy. People come to know about the various events right from politics to crime. Electronic media such as and the have still not dimmed the charm of reading the newspaper. Traditionalists still want their morning tea with the latest news that lights up their day. Each step of the government is analyzed threadbare in the news to offer a complete picture to the readers. By pointing the mistakes, people can act as effective checks on the rulers. Social malpractices can be eliminated by highlighting the associated news in the newspapers. They also contain different opinions of the celebrities and prominent people about the problems prevalent in the country.
One evening Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that involved a greatimage. It was of gold, silver, brass, and iron. The head was ofgold. This represented the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and was God'sway of acknowledging that Babylon was indeed magnificent. But,as God went on to point out, Babylon would be succeeded by anotherkingdom represented by the silver arms and chest of the figure,that kingdom by another represented by the figure's brass middleportions, and then that by a kingdom represented by the legs ofiron. It was only at the end of this period that the eternal kingdomof God in Christ would come and overthrow all others, grow andfill the earth. In this vision God was telling Nebuchadnezzarthat he was not as important as he thought he was and that itwas God Himself who rules history.
Removal of illiteracy: People want to read the newspaper; therefore they enroll in schools and become literate. It is a boon for the masses. With information at hand, they are in a better position to take accurate decisions. Moreover, citizens through the newspapers come to know the quality of governance provided by the government.
In the next chapter Nebuchadnezzar sets up a gold statue onthe plain of Dura. On the surface this seems to be only the foolishgesture of a vain monarch who insists that the statue be worshipedas a symbol of the unity of the empire. However, when the storyis read with the vision of the statue of chapter 2 in view, onerealizes that the later episode actually shows Nebuchadnezzarrebelling against God's decree. God had said, "Your kingdomwill be succeeded by other kingdoms, kingdoms of silver, brassand iron." Nebuchadnezzar replied, "No, my kingdom willendure; it will always be glorious--I will create a statue ofwhich not only the head will be of gold, but the shoulders, thighsand legs also. It will all be of gold, for it will represent meand my descendants forever." This personal involvement withthe statue explains the king's violent reaction when the threeJewish men refused to bow down to it.