I was reading the Bible the other day and I was stopped by Genesis 10:8-9. Now, there is nothing really spectacular about these verses. There are no life-altering truths that jumped out at me.
Instead, I was caught off guard by the name Nimrod. Now, if you are anything like me, you may have heard the name Nimrod used a time or two. Most of the time in a derogatory manner. See, when I was growing up if someone called you a Nimrod it was because you had just done something colossally ignorant.
So, when I was reading these verses and I saw the name Nimrod, I Suddenly became interested. Much to my surprise the Nimrod of the Bible was nothing like the Nimrod of my youth.
Genesis 10:8-9 says, “Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.”
Biblically Nimrod was, “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” I was amazed to realize that what had been an insult to me was actually not negative at all. As I was marveling at this truth it hit me…
The world uses and misuses so many concepts from the Bible and perverts them with humanistic secularism. The Bible tells us, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” I Corinthians 14:33 NKJV
It is not God who twists and perverts His Word, it is humans. That is why it is so important, as believers, we are renewing our mind to the Word ( Romans 12:2), not to the world.
See the devil wants nothing more than to deceive us. 2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV says, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Now, this may seem a far jump from the two meanings of Nimrod, but it is a very small leap to make. See, when the word of God is perverted and watered down if a Christian is not careful, they can begin to trust more in the world than in the Word of God.
For example, how many times have you been offended by something you heard from the pulpit, and instead of checking it against the Word of God you just simply go off?
Or, how many times have you stepped into greasy grace situations because it is ok by worldly standards?
See, it may seem like a far leap to jump from the misuse of a name to being deceived, but this name represents so much more. It represents transforming the Word of God to fit a narrative. Fortunately, according to Malachi 3:6, the Lord never changes. Therefore, His Word never changes.
So today, I ask you, are you allowing the things of this world to deceive you in any way? If so, now is the time to repent and ask for help.
We ask that you please be with us as we examine our own hearts and see if we have allowed the world to shape our view of God. Or, if we are allowing God to shape our view of the world? I pray you give us all the power to change those things that are not pleasing to you and do not line up with your will.
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