Fundamentals of Economics

Essay #17 Babylon

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”  Isaiah 14:12-15

Nimrod is Satan’s agent:

Nimrod wanted to “build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven” and  Satan wanted to “ascend into heaven”. 

Nimrod wanted to “make us a name” and Satan wanted to “exhalt my throne above the stars of God”. 

God said, “now nothing will be restrained from them” Genesis 11:6 because He knew that Satan “will(ed) to be like the most High”.

Satan was looking to build his own earthly kingdom.  By deceiving Adam and Eve, Satan gained a foothold that would spread throughout humanity.  Praise the Lord that Adam and Eve where convicted of their sin when the met with a holy God who sought them out.  In God’s prescence they were convicted, repented and received God’s redemption (Genesis 3:10 & 21).  Their feeble attempt to dress themselves in fig leaves was brought to naught and God clothed them in His righteouness.

Two generations after God destryed the earth because of the corruption and violence, Nimrod was unrepentent.  Unrepentent, mighty in nature and brazen before God, Nimrod sought to exhalt himself and his kingdom above that of God.  First hand knowledge of the flood surrounded Nimrod.  Noah lived 350 years after the flood  Genesis 9:28.  There is no dating given to Ham’s descendants so we do not know for certain about when Cush and then Nimrod were born.  We can compare generations and get a pretty close understanding of a timeline by looking at Ham’s brother Shem.

Shem’s first generation is Arphazad who was born two years after the flood (Genesis 11:10) and he would be the same generation of Cush.  Arphazad’s son, Salah, was born 35 years later (Genesis 11:12).  Salah would be the same generation of Nimrod.  We are not given dating information as to Ham’s death, but we do know that Shem died 500 years after the birth of Arphazard (Genesis 11:11). The Lord may have brought Ham into judgment much earlier than He did Shem, consequently, I am speculating that Ham was still living when Nimrod was born.

Nonetheless, taking into account the cataclysmic nature of the flood and the longevity of live at this time, it is hard for me to believe that Nimrod did not know that God judged the mankind for its wickedness (Genesis 6:5) and because of its corruption and violence. (Genesis 6:11).



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