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Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah who became “a mighty one in the earth.” He obviously was a powerful leader in his day.
Genesis 10v9 tells us twice that Nimrod was “a mighty hunter before the LORD.” God is emphasising something to us here in this verse. God wants us to understand that Nimrod was not merely good at hunting animals. Nimrod was a mighty hunter against the LORD – he was a mighty hunter of souls who led the people in rebellion against the LORD.
Notice Genesis 10v10 tells us “the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (Babylon), and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” These cities were built in the land of Shinar (in Babylonia) under the direction of Nimrod. Remember Shinar is where the people settled lest they should be scattered (Genesis11v1). Hence, one of his activities was the building of Babel.
The name ‘Babel’ is derived from the Hebrew verb ‘babal’ meaning ‘to confuse’ but the ancient Babylonians called the city ‘Babilu’, meaning ‘gate of god.’ The temple tower in Babel was certainly a gateway to false worship. Then, God confused the language and the people had to scatter. Our English word ‘babble’ is derived from this story.
After the dispersion from Babel, Nimrod went to Asshur (Assyria), and built Nineveh, Rehoboth, Calah, and Resen (Genesis 10v11). No wonder “the land of Nimrod” is mentioned in connection with Assyria in Micah 5v6.
Babylonia and Assyria had 2 vast cities – Babylon on the Euphrates and Nineveh on the Tigris. Both have association with Nimrod. The land of Shinar was in the region of Babylon and in later scriptures seems to be referred to as ‘the land of the Chaldeans.’
Nimrod led a well-organised rebellion against God’s noble purposes for mankind. The tower became a temple and observatory for studying the heavens. Rather than follow God, people foolishly began to follow astrological charts based on the zodiac. The forms of false worship found in the world today began at ancient Babel.
The kingdom of Babylon had its roots in Babel and the rebellion led by Nimrod against the only true and living God. As you read through Daniel chapters 1-5 you will see that idolatry, astrology, soothsaying, and magic are all evil practices associated with Babylon. Isaiah 47v8-13; Jeremiah 50v2; 51v17, 44, 52-53 also describe the false worship, superstitions and sinful practices of Babylon.
The people of Judah were carried captive into the land of Babylon (2 Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 52). Revelation chapter 18 describes the final judgement of Babylon for all her sins, despite her greatness, wealth, trade, power, and pride.
Man’s disobedience is rebellion against the Thrice-Holy God. God must punish sin.
“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker!”Isaiah 45v9 KJV
There is only one human race (Acts 17v26), so we are all related irrespective of culture, physical appearance, nationality or language. All the tribes and nations of the world are descendants of Noah’s family. The most impoverished tribal people, living in remote parts of the earth, with all their animistic superstitions and fear of evil spirits, are part of Adam’s fallen race and their ancestors were scattered from Babel too!
Education and technology are not enough to change these people but we are not to treat them as inferior. Remember, God loves them and sent His Son to die for them. They need God’s saving grace too! That is why Christ gave the command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16v15). What a day it will be when those from every nation, tribe and tongue are gathered around the throne of God in heaven, redeemed by the precious blood of Christ! (Revelation 7v9-17) There will be some from the remotest primitive tribes in that countless number. Will you be there?
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