Nimrod and I

The Hamites
6 The sons of Ham:
Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.
7 The sons of Cush:
Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka.
The sons of Raamah:
Sheba and Dedan.

8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city. Genesis 10:8-12

From Ham we get Nimrod, a mighty hunter. I suspect in those days there were quite a few hunters. In fact, most of the men were probably hunters. Their hunting methods were primitive at best, perhaps carved stones for arrow heads and bigger stones for clubs.

There were probably some creative types who would set traps.

All we know about Nimrod was that he was a mighty warrior. What did he do that made him stand out? No idea, but he was also a builder.

The phrase, “if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person” must have been Nimrod’s motto. He built four cities after moving to Assyria. Before that he had cities in four other areas. He was clearly a doer.

Not everyone has the capacity to build cities or do great things. Not everyone should.

For every visionary, there are probably fifty or more who stay behind to actually make the vision come to life.

It’s easy to compare your life to others who are doing great things, even in the Kingdom of God. God has not called you to run their race. You are called to run your own, at the pace you need to go. Comparison is the enemy of contentment. If you compare yourself to those who are doing great things, you will become depressed. But you were not built with their skills, passion, or temperament.

You are you. Nimrod was Nimrod but he wasn’t Noah, Adam, or Canaan.

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