1Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”
Right from the early beginning of human race, tongues has revealed its uniqueness in bringing a people group together. A classic example appears in Genesis 11 where the building of the tower of babel became possible because the people were of the same mind and of the same tongue. The passage begins by reading in Genesis 11:1, “Now the whole earth had one language and one speech…” The one language and one speech unified them in a level that nothing else would. And knowing that their unity would be threatened, vs. 3 “Then they said to one another, “…, “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.” This unity gave them a purpose to build a tower as a monument to strengthen their unity lest they be scattered.
The next few verses indicate that their intention of building and not scattering was not God’s intended plan. Genesis 11:5-8, “5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.” By confusing their language, this hindered them from understanding each other and continuing to build together in unity. This would force them to scatter.
As the confounding of tongues divided the children of men, and scattered them abroad, so the gift of tongues (languages) bestowed upon the Apostles in Acts 2:4-11 was tremendously instrumental in bringing the children of God together. It started with 4 people group scattered all over, the Jews, the Samaritans, the God fearing and the Gentiles. To show great division of these 4 people group, we have an example where Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans in John 4. “We all know about the distinction between those who were Jews, those who were not Jews, namely the Gentiles. Samaritans were of a mixed heritage—part Gentile, part Jew. But there was a fourth group that was very important, and that group was called “the God fearers,” and the God fearers were, for the most part, Hellenistic Greeks who had converted to Judaism. They believed in Yahweh, the God of Israel. They embraced the teaching of Judaism, but they were not fully included in the Jewish community, because they were Jews in every respect except one, they had not submitted themselves to circumcision”, RC Sproul.
As the gospel spread throughout the book of Acts, you notice distinct actions of the Holy Spirit in converting and demonstrating the outworking through speaking with tongues. The tongues was not the main thing, it was a demonstration, a means to those especially the Jews who had not learned to receive the other three people group who God was bringing together. 1Corinthians 1:21-25 describes the the Jews REQUEST for SIGNS. To continue…Blessings Ev