God was neither impressed nor honored by the enormous edifices in Shinar and Jerusalem. However, men were impressed with both. Both were built for religious purposes but neither housed nor glorified God. In Shinar, the tower was built to make a name for man by building a tower high enough that heaven could be reached. In Jerusalem, the temple was admired because of the goodly stones. The ESV Study Bible informs that “The beauty and size of Herod the Great’s Temple Mount exceeded that of most of the seven wonders of the world.”
Both edifices were however destroyed as a result of God’s judgment. And in Shinar and Jerusalem the people were scattered as a result of their pride and idolatry.
Unlike the kingdoms and architectural structures of men, God has a kingdom that is eternal and indestructible. We, therefore, are called upon to reverence God and serve Him. God’s word demand that we view and worship God in light of His nature and actions rather than marveling at man’s ability and accomplishments.
Genesis 11:4-8: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
Luke 21:5-6: “And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Hebrews 12:22-29: “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.”