We see the Babelites [Babylonians?] desiring to build their own city. Babel used man made brick, that is man's efforts instead of the living stones from which the temple of God is built.
They are like the Galatians who desired to be under the law.
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
But the Law [religion] was our schoolmaster till faith came. In Hebrews 11 we read of the heroes of faith who sought a better dwelling.
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land ofpromise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Here desiring to be under the law, religion, is likened to wanting to build your own city. But faith, which is knowing, hearing and obeying The Lord, is to seek after a city already built, a heavenly city prepared by God. As Abraham, the father of faith, who lived in tents, not settling for men's cities for he looked for a for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
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