Stealing the Glory of God
Attempts to steal the Glory of God have long occurs since Noah's time.
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
John MacArthur Commentary
11:3,4 let us make bricks... bulid for ourselves a city, and a tower... make for ourselves a name. While dispersing, a portion of the post flood group, under the leading of the powerful Nimrod (10:8-10), decided to stop and establish a city as a monument to their pride and reputation. The tower, even though it was a part of the plan, was not the singular act of rebellion. Human pride was, which led these people to defy God. They were refusing to move on, i.e,scattering to fill the earth as they had been instructed.In fact, this was Nimrod's and the people's effort to disobey the command of God in 9:1, and thus defeat the counsel of heaven.
11:4 whose top will reach into heaven. Not that the tower would actually reach to the abode of God and not that the top would represent the heavens. They wanted it to be a high tower as a monument to their abilities, one that would embrace their fame. In this endeavor, they disobeyed God and attempted to steal His glory.
What can we learnt about modern day pride?
When man comes out with a new doctrine of salvation.
Saying "Came let's us be unique among the other traditional practice"
Others preaches you are save by faith in Christ alone, lets us take it up a notch higher.
Lets us preach unless you be baptise, you will perish.
And if that's not enough, let us make sure they believe, repent and baptise or else they perish.
Surely no one would be able to contend with us?
Lets establish ourselves as the one true church and make a name for ourselves!
They disobey the word of God to stand fast and hold to the traditions and are drifting away from the apostolic teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
They wanted it to be a high standard as a monument to their abilities, one that would embrace their fame. In this endeavor, they disobeyed God and attempted to steal His glory.
Let us submit to the apostolic teaching. Imitating the humility of the plasmist saying "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory!" (Psalm 115:1)