The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11

What is so terrible about people building a tower? The sin of the people becomes clear when we explore the condition of their hearts. 1) The people wanted to make a name for themselves instead of making God’s name great. See Malachi 1:11. 2) Even though God had commanded Noah to fill the earth, the people decided they didn’t want to obey God; they didn’t want to be scattered. 3) The people wanted to reach the heavens through their own efforts, but no man can reach heaven on his own. The story of the Gospel is that God reaches down to us and does for us what we can’t do for ourselves. The heart condition of these people wasn’t much different from our own; we glorify ourselves; we rebel against God and ignore His commands; we try living on our own instead of depending on HIm. We can be confident that when our hearts need adjustment, God will send discipline to get our attention just as He got the attention of the people at Babel.


  • Game – Scatter/Gather game – mark a square in the middle of the floor and place many ping pong balls in the square. (If you don’t have ping pong balls, just use any balls or even paper wads). Create two teams. Instruct one team to begin scattering the balls throughout the room (just as people were supposed to spread throughout the earth). Instruct the other team to keep all the balls in the square (just as the people of Babel tried to do by not scattering throughout the earth). After several minutes, call time. Which team won? (The scattering team had an easier job, so they will probably win. God’s plans always will succeed. Have kids build or draw a picture of a tower while you discuss the story.

2. DISCUSS THE STORY (possible answers in italics)

  • What did you like about this passage?

  • What didn’t you like about this passage?

  • What do you learn about God from this passage? 

- God created people to discover and enjoy His earth.

- God expects people to obey Him.

- God’s plans will always succeed.

- God provides ONE way for people to reach heaven through Jesus Christ.

  • What do you learn about people from this passage?

- People try to glorify themselves.

- People disobey God.

- People try unsuccessfully to get to heaven on their own


  • What do you learn about yourself from this story?

- I too often am more worried about glorifying myself instead of bringing glory to God.

- I want to remember to depend on God, not myself.