The AMI QT Devotionals for October 2-8 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
A Mighty Man
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and 12 Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.
If the Bible names someone “mighty”, this is important to notice. Typically, God is the One described as mighty, the One who fights for His people like a mighty warrior. David also had his mighty men, the people whom he trusted above all else. But here, we have this person Nimrod described as a mighty man and a mighty hunter, even though he is in the lineage of Ham, the one who was cursed in the previous chapter. In fact, in this genealogy, the story of Nimrod stands out, since he gets a special shout-out, unlike anyone else listed in the genealogy.
But if you look closely at Nimrod’s story, it seems like his legacy isn’t necessarily going to be a good one. For one thing, Babel was in his kingdom, and we know what happens there. Also, it says that he went into Assyria and built some of its cities, including Nineveh. If you know the story of Jonah, you know this is a city that would not be well-liked by the Israelites. Yet still, Nimrod is called a mighty man.
Yesterday, we talked about how the descendants of Noah have a heritage of righteousness and favor, and Nimrod was one of these descendants. Though the legacy of Nimrod, at Babel and in Assyria, won’t be good, he was still someone that was recorded for all time in the Bible as mighty. My encouragement for us is that we stay humble even as God may work through us, and not be given to pride when God does use us one of His mighty ones. Sometimes, the most unexpected people may be the mighty ones. And maybe even God will use us to be mighty for Him. May we strive to be mighty not in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of God, that we may be called a mighty warrior for His kingdom. May we all be the mighty ones before the Lord, but, unlike Nimrod, leave a legacy of faithfulness to the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, we acknowledge that You are the true mighty One, for You are the One with strength and power. We confess that we are weak, but through You, may we be mighty for Your kingdom. May you use us to accomplish things that to the world may seem impossible. Yes, Lord, let us be mighty for You!
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 64