What’s in a Name?

Josh LayhewBY:  JOSH LAYHEW

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  j.layhew@yahoo.com

BIBLE TEXT:  Matthew 24:13: “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  Recently I was doing my Bible study and on this particular night I was reading from the book of Genesis. I ran across a passage I had read numerous times before, but for some reason this time a particular verse stood out to me. It was Genesis 10:8-9: “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.”

I’m not sure exactly why but it intrigued me that being called Nimrod was one of the highest compliments someone could pay to a man in that time. I’m more used to its evolved meaning today, which according to the dictionary it’s defined as slow and dimwitted. I had to know more about the evolution of this word so I began to research Nimrod.

There’s not a lot of information known about Nimrod. We know that he was King of Babel and believed to be in charge of the building of the tower of Babel. The ancient historian Josephus wrote, “Nimrod persuaded his subjects that God was not to be thanked for their happiness and that he ruled as a tyrant seeing no other way to turn men from their fear of God.”

How fitting is it that someone who once was called “mighty” before the Lord turned his back on Him and His name is now synonymous with being dimwitted. This also led me to Paul’s spiritual journey which was the opposite of Nimrod’s.  Paul went from being a detestable man to becoming a beloved figure.  While this lesson was not the one my Bible study was about, it was the one I really took to heart. It doesn’t matter how you start your spiritual journey or how many good deeds you have accomplished in your life but how you finish your journey that really counts.

PRAYER: Lord give me the strength and wisdom to be a mighty warrior for You in your sight. Help guide me and give me the endurance to continue this journey with you, Lord.  I ask that You give me the courage to always follow the path You have laid in front of me. I always want to follow Your will.

In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Josh has been attending Life Assembly for about three years . He is the loving husband of Mary Beth and the proud father of one year old, Ellie Kate. When he isn’t chasing a baby he can be found not-so- patiently waiting for Star Wars Episode 7 and Avengers 2.

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