by Rev Joel Yong
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
In ancient times, hunting was the method of, not only providing food, but also the limitation of the spread of wild beasts into mankind’s territory.
Some of these were predators and it required courage and skill to be a good hunter.
It’s likely that is how Nimrod impressed his fellow men and subsequently led and dominated them, forming them into armies and then establishing his kingship.
He established what would become the great pagan nation of Babylon.
It says here he had 4 kingdoms and yet that did not satisfy him. He sought 4 more.
Read the following verses.
From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.
Nimrod’s name meant “rebellion” and was Akkadian in origin. The kingdoms he established, would thereafter pursue rebellious ways, against what God decreed.
Nimrod is a picture of skill, leadership, ambition and determination.
Impressive to job interviewers in today’s world.
But without God, the legacy left behind may seem to thrive but ultimately is doomed for destruction.
What legacies are you leaving behind?