Job 6-7; Acts 2; Psalm 36
As has often been pointed out, the events of the day of Pentecost reverse the effects of that old deep story of Babel [Genesis 10]. Now diversity of language is given to the apostles that with one voice they proclaim God’s deeds of power, that the many might be one . . . as He had prayed. And so it came to pass and from diverse nations a new people, born ‘not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of a man,’ but born of God. And as God is one so the people formed are one. ‘All who believed were together and had all things in common . . . day by day they spent much time together in the temple and broke bread at home’
As the Word became flesh and tabernacled amongst us – so the Spirit dwells in this new community, the body of Christ. ‘And day by day, the Lord added to their number those who were being saved’
The greatest contradiction of the Gospel, the scandal of the modern church in the West, is that we have not repented of the radical individualism of Babel. We refuse to be one. This in the end, not our fragmented theological differences, is our Unbelief.