There is a significant difference between being a voice and making a name for one self. At the tower of Babel, the people wanted to make a name for themselves, contesting the Name above all names. This didn’t threaten God as much as it threatened themselves. God knows who He is and isn’t concerned about that. The problem was the deception the people went into.

When we seek to build names for ourselves, we also get protective about everything connected with the name, including the institutions we build. God is a living God and when He brings life it is sustained through trial and temptation. One thing the Sabbath year did for the Israelites was also protect against institutional power over certain aspects of society. This seventh year was called the Shmita, which means ‘release’.

We ought to learn from God’s ways. If we fear the death of our institution we may be holding on to a name.