Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” (Genesis 10:8-9)
Before Nimrod, there were no kings or kingdoms, only judges and other such leaders. Nimrod changed that by being the first to proclaim himself a ruler over others. According to tradition, he attained dominion — “he began to be mighty” — by conquest, coercion and terror. Like Cain before him, he was a rebel. In fact, his name is derived from the Hebrew word that means “to rebel.” He blatantly profaned the authority of Creator and coerced other to join him in rebellion.
Nimrod is also the first person in Scripture to have a proverb assigned to him — “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” The meaning of the proverb is this: He openly opposed the Almighty and His authority and compelled others — his subjects and followers — to do likewise. In other words, the name Nimrod is an infamous name, forever equated with those who defy God and his purposes.
As for you and me, we must strive to have a good name. Solomon wrote:
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1)
In Hebrew thinking, a name is more than what you are called by others; it is how you are perceived and respected by others. Are you considered reliable, honest and virtuous or something else? A name speaks of your reputation among others and, consequently, the influence you have with them. When you speak do they listen and consider or do they discount it immediately? To have a “good name” takes time and discipline.
Having a good name can also affected by those you associate with. If we allow ourselves to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers, there is the possibility that we could adopt the ways of the unbeliever and tarnish our name Therefore, as believers, it is critical that our name is faithfully associated with our King, the Messiah. Of His name it is written:
“For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
May it be that our names are always associated with His Kingdom. May those we encounter in this world respect our name because we serve and respect the Name that is above all.
Blessings and Shalom,