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The Mighty Son of Cush
Nimrod would taunt God with his defiance and dared the Lord to do something about it, as he oppressed and tortured those who opposed him. Needless to say, this man had great pride.
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 10:8-10)
A Mighty Hunter?
In the last article I went ahead and decided to do a page that simply took a look at "The Table of Nations". Which is basically a chart that outlined the descendants that had came through Noah's three sons households: Shem, Ham and Japheth. For the chart shows how the human race would eventually be established through them, as humanity embarks upon a new natural world.
However, as we begin to move forward from within our journey, perhaps it would also be wise, to do a page concerning "Nimrod the mighty son of Cush?"
So let's go ahead and do that at this moment?
Now when it comes to Nimrod - you have to keep in mind that he was the grandson of Canaan's father Ham, and the great grandson of Noah.
Also know that Nimrod had earned a reputation that was so great, that the Sacred Record recognized him as such:
"He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, 'Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.'" -- (Genesis 10:9)
Now understand that this was at a time when the beasts of the field were in great abundance, and humanity had not yet solidified itself from within the lands the beasts roamed. And it was this type of dangerous environment that allowed Nimrod to make a name for himself, while in turn, allowing him to become a major contributor when it came to keeping the wild beast from overwhelming his kingdom. And because of this, Nimrod would eventually earned a great respect amongst his people as well.
Bible Study OnlineNimrod Was A Different Breed?
However that may be, we should also note that Nimrod was a different kind of man, when compared to the other kingdom leaders. Know that Nimrod wasn't content with just running the tribe that he had before him, he was a man with a great vision, a man who wanted more. And it was because of these reasons that he started to build, and surround himself with an elite fighting band of loyal men.
Also keep in mind, that Nimrod not only used these men to invade his neighbors, but he also used them to execute judgment and punishment upon the innocent, and to those who'd dared to opposed him. Understand that Nimrod had thought of himself, as being a mighty prince - just like Alexander the Great, and Caesar did much later on in the history of mankind.
Bible Study OnlineIn Spite of His Fame - Nimrod Was Just A Man?
But also keep in mind, that in spite of the fact, that the Sacred Record had acknowledge him by his great reputation, when it came to God personally - it didn't matter how many personal accomplishments Nimrod would achieve, or how many kingdoms he would be able to conquer - because when it came to God -- Nimrod was just a man, who had simply earned a reputation of being a mighty hunter amongst men.
And why not? Why should God acknowledge Nimrod to be something more? Nimrod did not do the things, or lived in such a way that would please God. He did not follow the ways of the Lord - while he was conquering and establishing his new kingdoms, governments and self-worth.
Bible Study OnlineNimrod Dared God?
And on to make matters worse, Nimrod would also institute a pagan religion (possibly Baalism) from within these kingdoms that he had built, and just like Jeroboam (during his reign as Israel's first Northern king) would do at a much later date. Nimrod would begin to taunt God with his defiance, by practically daring the Lord to do something about the mayhem that he was wreaking upon mankind, as he oppressed and tortured those who opposed him.
Know that the Sacred Record lets us know that at the beginning of his reign, he'd named his first kingdom Babel. Now I personally believe that this information is very important to know, being that it would seem to shed some light on the the events that were to take place sometime later.
And because of information of such, we now know that Nimrod was indeed a great builder of things. And we also know the name in which he named his first kingdom (Babel). And because of this, we now have some idea, when his reign had taken place - which would lead one to presumed, that Nimrod was perhaps, the mastermind behind the infamous "Tower of Babel?"
Bible Study OnlineIf Nimrod Had Completed the Tower of Babel?
This Accomplishment - Would've Made Noah a False Prophet
Now there's something else you must know, for if this was the case, and if the "Tower of Babel" was allowed to be finished, and stand for any amount of time. This would have certainly gone against Noah's prophecy that was spoken against Noah's son Ham, and grandson Canaan:
"So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: 'Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren.' And he said: 'Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem, and may Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, and may he dwell in the tents of Shem; and may Canaan be his servant.'" -- Genesis 9:24-27
Bible Study OnlineNimrod Was A Descendant of Ham
Remember that Nimrod was a direct descendant of Ham, and if the "Tower of Babel" sole purpose was to place all nations under one ruler, under one government? If this would have happened, these events would have made Noah a false prophet, for Nimrod would have ruled over all of Noah's sons.
And it's for this reason alone, that God would not have allowed this to happened. Also keep in mind, that Noah had cursed his grandson Canaan to be a "servant of servants." What this meant, is that Canaan cannot rule over any of Noah's sons, for it was Canaan and his sons that would serve his brothers, now and in future generations as well. And since Canaan was Ham's son as well, which Nimrod was a direct descendant of, he too, would fall under this same curse, or rule that Canaan (Ham's entire household) was under as well.
Bible Study OnlineNotice that Noah Never Mentions Ham...
This is why when Noah was blessing (or cursing) his sons, Ham's name was never mentioned specifically. And the reason for this, dealt with the fact, that for whatever reason, it was Canaan that was seen as the representation of Ham's household from this point forward. So like I've stated, many times before, whatever curse that was levied against Canaan - was levied against Ham's entire household as well:
"When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest [grand]son [Canaan] had done to him, he said, 'Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.' He also said, 'Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.' May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.'" - Genesis 9:24-27
And again, Nimrod was a direct descendant of Ham's household: "The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth." - Genesis 10:6-8
Bible Study OnlineGod's Word - Reigning True!
Be that as it may...
We must always remember that when it comes to God's Word - it will always reign out in absolute Truth! This is part of the reason, why we would later learn that God had destroyed this "Tower of Babel" before it was finished. And because of this, the languages of all the nations were confused, which caused all civilizations to remain divided from that point forward.
But to Nimrod's credit... he did established at this time, four cities under his reign, which were called: Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, and they were all located in "The Land of Shinar". And soon afterwards, Nimrod would head into Assyria where we are also told, that he had built Nineveh, and the cities Rehoboth Ir, Calab and Resen, which was located between Nineveh and Calah.
In the next Bible Study Online Article:
Now that we've journeyed through the recorded account of Nimrod the mighty son of Cush - we'll begin to move forward by taking a closer look, at possibly his master plan to enact his "collective agenda" upon mankind, and the known world, through an infamous building structure that would be known as - The Gateway to Heaven, or known to most - The Tower of Babel.
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