Genesis 11:9a
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

When Noah and his family left the ark, God clearly stated what he expected of mankind. “Spread out over the earth and multiply on it” (GN 9:7).

In direct rebellion to this command, people clustered and then tried to build a tower unto Heaven. In response, God confounded their languages, and forced people to accelerate the process He had ordained. This fast migration after the Tower of Babel helps explain Cave Men.

This division of humanity caused rapid migration. Since the use of tools, weapons, and agriculture come about more quickly when forced by population pressure, as the people scattered, they carried few skills with them, many societies degenerated into a primitive state.

Rapidly isolating a small group tends to cause technology to deteriorate. A good example of this is provided by the movie “Castaway.”