I ran across an interesting tidbit in this weeks sermon preparation. I was studying about Nimrod, Noah’s great grandson. Of course, one of the first questions that popped into my mind was, “Is this guy the reason we call people stupid people, “Nimrods”? The Bible doesn’t depict him as a stupid man… he was an arrogant king, a builder best known for his ability as a hunter.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about Nimrod…
“He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh” – Gen 10:9-11
“Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man” – 1 Chron 1:10
and in Micah 5:6 Assyria is called, “the land of Nimrod”
Question: In most of the world to call someone a Nimrod is to call them a good hunter, it’s a compliment, so why does “Nimrod” mean stupid in America?
Answer: Bugs Bunny
In the old Loony Tunes cartoons Bugs Bunny sometimes refers to Elmer Fudd as a “Poor Little Nimrod”, which of course means “poor little hunter”, since both Elmer Fudd and Nimrod were hunters. But since our society spends more time watching TV than they do reading their Bible, Americans began assuming that nimrod meant, “stupid”, “Dumb” or “foolish”.
So… next time one of your buddies bags a deer on a hunting trip… be sure to call them a Nimrod… and keep teaching people the Bible so that they can understand Looney Tunes.