Nimrod

Genesis 10:8-12

  • 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.
  • 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! I met him again in my reading-through-the-Bible chapters for yesterday. As I sit here in one of the largest and most confusing airports in the world, which shall remain nameless, I realize that the world is still and always has been looking for one more Nimrod. We, meaning the world at large, want this kind of hero. Lust may be the right word for this desire. A conqueror-builder suits our tastes, soothes our fears, and sometimes, when I’m in places like this, I can feel the magnetic pull toward all things Nimrod. Nimrod wouldn’t bother with an airport. He’d have his own plane, and right now that sounds pretty good. You can see where I’m going from here, I bet. That’s right. Everybody has their idolatrous temptations, that is everybody who is human and living on the earth. Yep. Pastor Nimrod. Hallelujah! Picture this dude. Feel the anointing, baby. Amen. “Like a mighty preacher before the Lord.” Well, who doesn’t want to be mighty?

But at what cost?

What’s interesting is that Nimrod’s résumé sounds like an echo of what the serpent offered Eve and Adam in the garden. We are all still looking for this. We all want an edge in this life, a way over the valley of all that is frustrating and pedestrian at best… or soul-destroying and tortuously painful at worst. What’s so great about Jesus is that he did not avoid the parts of life we wish we could avoid. I think some people were disappointed with Jesus when He came on the scene because He wasn’t more like Nimrod. A great prayer for those of us who need it…

“Lord, help me not want to be Nimrod. Help me not want You to be Nimrod for me. I don’t want to build Babel, but rather Your Kingdom with this life You’ve given me. Amen.”

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