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Nimrod & the Nations Peleg & Continental Drift

 

 

Who was Nimrod and how did he affect the world?

 

Nimrod was of the Negroid race and the son of Cush, grandson of Ham.

1Chron 1:10  “…Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first to be a mighty one on the earth…” [RSV].

 

When it is said “he was the first to be a mighty one on the earth” it does not mean that he was the first physically strong man on Earth, for there were many stronger than he before the flood. Nor does it mean he was the first physically strong man on Earth after the flood, for that is not what is related in the context. Fausset has it right when he concluded, “Nimrod subverted the existing patriarchal order of society by setting up a chieftainship based on personal valour and maintained by aggression.” Nimrod was actually the first king – he was the one who instituted the monarchical system of government in opposition to God’s family system of government. Other commentaries generally agree with this view, but do not place the same emphasis on kingship as does Fausset.

 

That Nimrod was a king is beyond dispute, and this is given in Gen 10:10

“…And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar…” [KJV].

 

Before going further, the order of significant events should be detailed:

 

Series of Events

 

Gen 1:28 

"...And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth..." [KJV].

 

Gen 6:7 

6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [KJV].

 

Gen 9:1 "...And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..."   [KJV].

 

Gen 10:8, 9 [KJV].

8   And Cush Begat Nimrod: He Began To Be A Mighty One In The Earth.

9   He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. [KJV].

 

Gen 10:32

“… These [are] the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood…” [KJV].

 

Gen 11:3-8 [KJV].

3   And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. {they said...: Heb. a man said to his neighbour} {burn...: Heb. burn them to a burning}

4  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5 ¶ And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

7  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

8  So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

 

Gen 10:32

"...These [are] the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood..." [KJV].

 

Returning to Genesis 10:25,  and remembering that sequence of events,

              i.      Earth divided

            ii.      Tower of Babel

          iii.      Languages confused

          iv.      Nations scattered

 

Now, back to Nimrod. Remembering that the entire population of Earth was only a few thousand at the time of Nimrod and the men of that time were very strong with an average life span of about 220 years, the question must be asked, “what was it that caused people to voluntarily put themselves under the authority of one man?” It had to be a voluntary submission, because although Nimrod was young and strong he would have been no match for even a few men combined, let alone be able to face Shem and his sons.

 

Gen 10:25 

"...And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one [was] Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name [was] Joktan..." [KJV]. {Peleg: that is Division}

 

The first point above provides us with the answer as to what caused the people to voluntarily put themselves under the authority of one man – God was dividing Earth, creating new continents, oceans, rivers and mountain ranges. However, it seems that this was not common knowledge among the people and so they thought that they were headed for another disaster only 100 years after the world-destroying flood. Nimrod promised to be their saviour.

 

Continental drift may be drift today, but that drift is merely sustaining the natural boundaries against common erosion. The drift needs to be such so as to move the tectonic plates at a rate where the uplift causing mountains is equal to the amount of erosion that takes place. If this were not so, then most mountain ranges would not exist. At the time the division was taking place it would have seemed like a river of catastrophes was besetting mankind – volcanoes would have been erupting, great shattering earthquakes would have been common and land boundaries would have been clearly and visibly retreating from each other one year and colliding with another continent another year, with the spectacular results of new oceans and massive mountains ranges. These events did not happen gradually over the hundred year period immediately after the flood, they happened within a few years, else Peleg would not have received his name specifically to commemorate the events of the day.

 

Gen 10:25 [HBME – The Holy Bible in Modern English]

"...and to Heber were born two sons, the name of the first, Peleg; because in his days the Continent was split up; and his brother's name was Joktan. [RSV].

Note: "Peleg" means "split" in Hebrew. "Joktan" means in the Hebrew "Lessened," probably referring to the "lessening" of the original continent by the "splitting" away of the American continents. See Prof. C. A. L. Totten's works upon this great geological convulsion.

 

In Strong's Concordance,   Peleg = "EARTHQUAKE"

 

The events were frightening and one man, a strong, eloquent and charismatic young man used them to take control and seize power for himself and institute a system of government even the evil ones prior to the flood did not contemplate. Following the scattering of the nations after the confusion of the languages at Babel, the people took with them Nimrod’s statist form of government and it has stayed with us to this day. It is a system of government in direct opposition to God’s family system of government. For further detail on this system see "Government Monarchy".

 

However, the real question resulting from this historic example of poor decision-making is, “In the face of disaster do we have faith in God?”

 

Luk 18:8 

“…Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?..." [RSV].