When I first began studying the Bible I always skimmed or skipped over these “genealogy” sections/chapters in the Bible. It was just boring to read a long list of names that I couldn’t pronounce. But as I’ve grown in age and my knowledge of Christ, I have a greater appreciation and interest in genealogy, my own and the ancestors recorded in the Bible.
Chapter 10 is the genealogy of Noah’s three sons. In this chapter alone there are a total of seventy nations accounted for out of these three sons and their offspring. This chapter is rich with historical content and study. We could probably spend a year just exploring this chapter. This might be a fun side study for those of you are enjoy genealogy.
But for today, I want to explore Nimrod.
Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful man on earth. He was a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord. That is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a powerful hunter in the sight of the Lord.” His kingdom started with Babylon, . . . (Genesis 10:8-10)
Both my husband and son are bow hunters. This isn’t something I grew up around, but I’ve grown to enjoy the hard work, skill, patience, and adventure this sport requires. So often when we hear the word “hunter” we think of someone with a bow, gun or other weapon stalking deer or other wildlife through the woods. However, with Nimrod when they use the word hunter, they are referring to him being a hunter of men, not wild animals.
Notice they did not say, he was a “fisher” of men (Matthew 4:19), but a hunter of men. This wasn’t a compliment. When we step outside the Bible and read about Nimrod in history books, we find that Nimrod was responsible for the Tower of Babel and trying to get all the nations after the flood to unite. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for their good or because of his great love of people, but his greed and lust for power. Nimrod’s ultimate goal was to rule over the entire population of people on the planet. He hunted for power and control of everyone and everything around him.
This image of being a “fisher” of men versus a hunter of men resonated with me. When we step out and share our faith to draw others to Christ it should be with a heart that wants to find someone, reel them in, marvel over their beauty through Christ and release them back with the knowledge of the grace of God. We shouldn’t approach sharing our faith like a hunter. It isn’t about the stalk, winning the prize, the numbers, and checking them off the list as a goal accomplished. It can be a subtle difference, but easy to distinguish when we approach others with love. Both fisherman and hunters are sportsmen and pursue their prey, but it’s the approach and tools used that make the difference.
I pray God places people in our paths that we can show and offer the love of Christ. May this great love slowly draw them into to His love and light so they may experience His grace, love, and forgiveness.