Today's Manna

January 7, 2017
Nimrod Was A Nimrod!
by J. Eric Doucet
Scripture Reading: Genesis 10-11

In Genesis 10-11 we are introduced to one of the more interesting characters in the Bible, a man named Nimrod. He is described as a “mighty one (powerful, valiant. may even be related to his stature) on the earth,” as well as a “mighty hunter before the Lord” (Gen 10:9), so much so that great hunters after him were said to be “like Nimrod.” His skill as a great hunter would have been of great use in a post-flood world in which God permitted the eating of meat (Gen 9:3-4).

Nimrod’s physical strength, imposing figure, and fearlessness in hunting wild beasts also led to his popularity as a leader because people would have viewed him as someone who could protect them. Therefore, we also learn that Nimrod was the founder of the earliest world powers of Babylon and Assyria.

In the 1840’s, an author used Nimrod as a pen name in a book that mentioned a poor fox hunter who kept falling off his horse into the water. In addition, starting in the 1940’s Bugs Bunny began calling Elmer Fudd a nimrod. Thus, the name Nimrod has taken on the slang meaning of fool, knucklehead, or idiot. That’s why you may know people who are nimrods, but you most likely don’t know anyone named Nimrod.

The original Nimrod was a nimrod. His passion to rule the world was fueled by his hatred for God and the people of God. This is seen first by his desire to lead people to build a city in defiance of God’s command to fill the earth (cf. Gen 9:1 & 11:4). Nimrod also led the people to build a tower “whose top is in the heavens,” in an attempt to build a tower tall enough to withstand another global flood from God.

Thirdly, Shem is the Hebrew word for ‘name.’ Shem is also the godly line through which the promised Seed of Genesis 3:15 passed on its way to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Nimrod’s hatred for the people of God is demonstrated by his desire to lead the people to make a name (a shem) for themselves independent of God. Finally, Nimrod’s Babylon is the fountain of all the idolatry, astrology, and mystery religions in the world, as seen by the fact that God calls it “the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth” (Rev 17:5).

Nimrod thought he could get what he wanted in life by defying God. He couldn’t do it and neither can we. He wanted to gather people into his kingdom, yet God scattered them by confusing their language. He wanted to build a tower to withstand God’s judgment, yet he was judged by God and didn’t get to enjoy his tower or his city. Nimrod did succeed at one thing. He did make a name for himself…and you will too if you think you can get what you want in life by defying God.

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