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The Parable of the
Uncompleted Tower

A physical uncompleted tower... never finished, run out of money -


The Uncompleted Tower reveals that nothing of value can occupy the space, or fulfill its purpose until it is finished.

Luke 14.28-30 "“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.

30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’



Here is an uncompleted tower because of a "rebellion" problem...

Another uncompleted tower:

  • The Tower of Babel, where people spoke only one language and decided to build a tower that would reach into the heavens.
  • GOD said "no" and dispensed languages among them
  • This stopped the work on the tower. The workers no longer understood each other
  • It split them up and each group left for places to live in different parts of the world...
  • Similar to Adam and Eve being driven from the Garden in Eden

  • The "imagination" is a whole world inside the mind...

Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.

That's where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the "movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5


Why the uncompleted tower of Babel?

Genesis 11.1-9  "At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.)

4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”

5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building.

6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”

8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city.

9 That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.

What guidelines must we use to build our lives?

The Beatitudes [these are the standards we must live by inside our hearts]

Matthew 5.3-10

3 “God blesses those who are poor [in spirit] and realize their need for Him,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn, [over their own sinfulness]
    for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, [the thought-life, imaginations]
    for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.


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