The First Great Hero

Reading through the genealogies, Nimrod caught my attention. They listed 39 descendants of Adam and didn’t say anything about them. They singled Nimrod out.

1 Chronicles 1:10, “Cush had Nimrod, the first great hero on earth.” The Message

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“Nimrod…early distinguished himself by his daring and successful prowess in hunting wild beasts. By those useful services he earned a title to public gratitude; and, having established a permanent ascendancy over the people, he founded the first kingdom in the world. …the towns but small forts. …at the head of his army went forth into Assyria…and builded Nineveh.”

“Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I” Notes on Genesis 10:8-11

Nimrod built Nineveh after the flood. God sent Jonah there. By Jonah’s time, it had more than 120,000 people, (see Jonah 4:11). It took Jonah 3 days to walk across it, (see Jonah 3:3).

Nimrod was a skilled expert. Every hero starts by mastering a skill.

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Out of Their Dwelling Places

Today we read the chapter on dry, dead, disjointed bones. If there ever was a word picture depicting hopelessness, this would be it.

For several years, I groaned when it was time to read Ezekiel 37. It was just a grim reminder of my hopeless situation.

That changed in the spring of 2011 when Pastor Monte preached a sermon on Ezekiel 37. Hope was reborn.

I took a few, small steps of faith and God intervened. In the fall of 2011, the doctor released me to leave the house, for a few hours each week, to attend church. By Easter, these dry bones not only attended church, but I played for the service and sang a special number with my husband.

Again today, God reminded me He sees me. He knows exactly where I am.

Ezekiel 37:23, “…but I will save them out of their dwelling places…” The Message

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Can these bones live?…thou knowest – implying that, humanly speaking, they could not, but faith leaves the question of possibility to rest with God, with whom nothing is impossible (Deuteronomy 32:39).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

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Live Wherever You Wish

I love reading stories of the old west. A man could choose 40 acres, build his house and make a life there. Just like the opportunity Jeremiah was given today.

Jeremiah 40:4, “…Look the whole land stretches our before you. Do what you like. Go and live wherever you wish.” The Message

“Jeremiah alone had the option given him of staying where he pleased, when all the rest were either carried off, or forced to remain there.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

But, we must not make our house more important than our relationship with God, like the King of Tyre did in Ezekiel 28:2.

“Down to the thirteenth century A.D. the grandeur of the ancient city of Tyre was still visible. But God’s Word does not fail. Soon Tyre had become an almost uninhabited pile of ruins. A large part of the western section of ‘the island’ became covered by the sea, and early travelers told of seeing ‘houses, towers, and streets far down in the deep.’ ” Amplified Bible Notes

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