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February 4 – The glory of Babel’s reversal 

“We hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” – Acts 2:11 

Scripture reading: Acts 2:1-13

What occurred at Babel, recorded in Genesis 11 was done by God, for the good of the church, and could rightly be called an act of His grace in discipline. Acts 2 tells us about the reversal of Babel because of the victory of Jesus Christ on the cross and through the empty tomb. What do we read of in Acts 2? “…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God!” What glorious grace God poured out!

In the forward to his masterful summary of the Christian faith, Herman Bavinck writes that the name of his book (The Wonderful Works of God) is, “…borrowed from Acts 2:11.” Bavinck explains: “The Spirit was poured out precisely so that the church would come to know these works of God, to glory in them, and to thank and praise God for them.” As the church was gathered by the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, so are we gathered together on the Lord’s day to hear God speaking in His gospel language.

The Lord Jesus Christ will see the fruit of His work on Sunday. His people, drawn by His Holy Spirit, come to church to offer Him thanks and praise. The gathering of His people to worship on the Lord’s day is a portion of the Lord’s reward. It is also the proof of the reversal of Babel, a sign of God’s grace.

Suggestions for prayer

Ask the Lord to give you joy about the privilege of corporate worship.

Rev. Harold Miller graduated from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in 2001 and has served churches in Wellsburg, Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri before arriving at Oak Lawn, Illinois in 2020. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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