Sunday, July 23, 2006

Civil Government (3) - Nimrod

The first human civil government to emerge was established by a man called Nimrod.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on theearth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “LikeNimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” And the beginning of hiskingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Fromthat land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, andResen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city) (Gen 10:8-12NKJV).

Nimrod became the most powerful warrior on the earth. He established his kingdom in Babel and the surrounding towns. This is the first mention of a kingdom in the Bible. The name Nimrod comes from the expression “we will rebel”. So when the Bible refers to Nimrod “before the Lord” it means in opposition to the Lord.

Nimrod extended his kingdom to Bablyon and Nineveh. This makes Nimrod the grandfather of all the early kingdoms and empires on earth. They were started by a rebel against God.

The fruit of Nimrod's rebellion was the tower of Babel.

Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city,with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name forourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth" (Gen 11:4).
Nimrod’s followers hoped to build a tower to heavens and make a name for themselves apart from God. This was the ultimate rebellion against their creator. God had no choice but to break up this human government.
So the LORD scattered them from there over all theearth, and they stopped building the city (Gen 11:8).

The first human government started in rebellion against God. We must be very careful about human government, because it has its roots in rebellion against God.

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