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Summary: I think we would be wise to avoid being a nimrod.

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Intro:

1. Dictionary of American Slang, lists:

nimrod. a. a simpleton; a nerd. EX: Johnny is a total nimrod. He does such dumb things! *What stupid nimrod left the lid off the cottage cheese?

2. I think we would be wise to avoid being a nimrod!

3. Don't be a Nimrod!

Trans: Gen. 10-11

"All the people of the world have descended from Noah's 3 sons - Shem, his descendants became the Hebrews and Syrians. It is through Shem that the seed-line continues.

Ham's descendants are that of North Africa and the Far East.

Japheth's descendants the Indo-European people."

The Bible does not always present itself in chronological order. If often gives the broad picture and then goes back and fills in the details.

Chapter 10 gives the broad picture of Shem, Ham, and Japheth's descendants being scattered; Chapter 11 gives the details of why they were scattered.

I. FIRST, TO BE A NIMROD IS TO LIVE IN REBELLION AGAINST GOD.

8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD."

Nimrod comes from the verb marad meaning "to rebel". His name means "let us rebel". Nimrod was mentioned as a mighty hunter. History shows that he gained fame by subduing the horse and using the leopard to hunt wild beast.

Tame leopards are used even today in India for hunting wild game. The word Nimrod is formed by two words: Nimr which means a leopard and rada or rad which means to subdue.

before the LORD - Delitzch, "Nimrod was mighty in hunting, and that in opposition to Jehovah (ἐναντίον κυρίον, lxx); not before Jehovah in the sense of, according to the purpose and will of Jehovah, still less, like לֵאלֹהִים in Jonah 3:3, or τῷ Θεῷ in Acts 7:20, in a simply superlative sense. The last explanation is not allowed by the usage of the language, the second is irreconcilable with the context. The name itself, Nimrod from מָרַד, "we will revolt," points to some violent resistance to God."

Trans:A Nimrod lives in rebellion against God.

Joshua warned Israel:

"8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them." Numbers 14:8-9

Rebellion is always Satanic:

"22 So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." 1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NKJV)

Rebellion is putting in anything or anybody in the place of God:


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