Gen 11: 5 -- And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
This verse is very interesting because it suggests the following:
A) That God has to actually descend from the heavens in order to see the city and the tower.
B) That God is not omnipresent, and is actually off doing other things at times, allowing man enough time to erect this megalithic structure.
As I pondered this, I thought back about various scriptures I have read in the Bible that not only talk about God having to come down from the heavens to witness man's interactions, but more importantly, that there was some gap of time where God had been unaware, or oblivious, to what man was doing!!! Anyone who was raised in a Christian household, has probably been taught that God is omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere at once, and that he always knows what we are doing and thinking. It seems, though, that the Bible actually suggests something else entirely.
In this verse alone, we find that God has been away, unaware of what man has been creating - the Tower of Babel. Even by mainstream estimates, it took 20 years to build the Great Pyramid, and what we have described here as the Tower of Babel must be of an even greater magnitude. Thus, it is safe to assume that it's construction took on the order of at least 20 years to get to the point at which they were when God showed up.
So, we find that God actually has to physically descend upon the Earth to witness, and that there are time periods where he is completely absent from the happenings upon the Earth.
Discuss? Post other scriptures supporting this idea?