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Essay #10 Nimrod and the Babylonian Empire (Part II)

“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.  And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.  Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.” Genesis 10:8-12

Two generations after the flood, man rebels and determines to build a civilization apart from God.  Ham, who was on the ark with Noah, has a son Cush.  Cush’s son is Nimrod.  Two generations after the destruction of the world by God because “..God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5.

It is a struggle to properly emphasized the wickedness of the sinner’s heart.  Did Ham not  explain to Cush what had happened?  Did Cush not tell Nimrod?  Did Nimrod never speak to his great grandfather Noah, or his grandfather Ham about the Lord?  After a world wide flood that destroyed everything, how could in two generations there be unbelief?

As amazed as we may be, consider the Lord and His crucifixion.  Without exegeting the gospel accounts as evidence; there were individuals there that had first hand knowledge of the events. Some believed, some did not.  Romans 1 & 2 give a further indictment against the human heart.  The human heart is indeed “deceitful and desperately wicked” as the prophet Jeremiah states.

Biblical genealogies rarely give any information besides A begat B.  Consider IChronicles 1:1 through 4:37.  There are only three instances where the character of the individual is commented on.  Two of the were negative and one was positive. I Chronicles 1:10  “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth”. I Chronicles 2:3 “…And, Er, the first born of Juday, was evil ni teh sight of the LORD; and he slew him.”  The positive comment is in  I Chronicles 4:9&10 which was heavily popularized.  There is one  instances where more information is given to emphasize a unique phenomenon (I Chronicles 1:19, “..Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided).

Over 99% of the geneaological record of I Chornicles contains no information about individuals other than their name, a father’s name and in some instances other family members names.  The information given about Nimrod is pertinent to our study of economics whereas he is the fountainhead of rebellion against God.  A fountain that still flows today.

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