HUNTING FOR BREAD –NIMROD
Nimrod was a builder, hunter and warrior (Gen. 10:8-12). Our interest in him, in this study, has to do with the way he provided food for his family and people. Who were the great hunters for bread, but did not raise their own. All the conquering nations were. To sustain their lifestyle, they hunted other human beings and enslaved them and forced them to make bread. Christianity tried to make slaves accept their roles, but that did not end well. The slaves, in America, are an example of what happened to the USA.
The first human being, according to Genesis, was a vegetarian (Gen. 1:30; 2:9). The Creator put man in charge over fish, birds and livestock, but not for food. It was Abel, who domesticated animals and God accepted the first sacrifice (Gen. 4:4). God lifted the restriction of animal food with Noah. “Every living thing that moves shall be food for you; just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you meat” (Gen. 9:3). That was the first license to openly hunt and man began to follow the animals or wait until they returned. In the process, man discovered that hunting could be profitable and they began to trade and sell their prey. The American Indians hunted for food, clothing; the white hunters hunted for profit, and both depleted the wild animals including the buffalo. Beaver and buffalo skins were more valuable than the meat. It starved the Indians and made room for permanent settlers with domesticated stock seeking to raise their own bread. The stubborn Indian resistance to change contributed also to their demise.
Settlers and nomads ended up fighting over territory. Herders required far more grazing land than a settlement had available. Abraham’s father moved his herd to another area. Then man had God step in and tell Abraham to move to Canaan. In reality, God did not have to tell Abraham anything; he had sense enough to divide the herd with his nephew Lot in Canaan (Gen. 13). Lot went broke when he gave up herding and Abraham prospered in sparsely populated Canaan. He sold and traded his animals to the Canaanites and became respected and feared. His camp was larger than some kingdoms. He had 318 fighting men guarding his herds. When Lot was taken prisoner, Abraham’s army defeated four kings and recaptured Lot and returned the captives to their towns. Instead of receiving a reward, he gave a tenth to Melchizedeck king of Salem (Gen. 14). Abraham’s offering was assigned a religious connotation, but it also was a clever diplomatic move to make friends among strangers. At that time, Abraham was powerful enough to take over the country; instead, he preferred to win his way into their hearts peacefully. It was a characteristic that was lacking in his grandchildren (Gen. 34).
Nimrod lived off looting and plundering similar to the kings Abraham defeated. It included human trafficking for profit and slavery. Slavery was a way of life and humans were simply given away like Hagar and sold like Joseph. Slavery was prevalent in Jesus’ day (Mt. 8:9). Abraham freed his captives, while his own great grandchildren sold their own brother Joseph to Ishmaelite merchants from Media (Gen. 37). They were excused and pardoned by Joseph, himself, because he believed, that their treachery was God’s design to give bread to his starving people. And Joseph did secure bread for his people for four hundred years. Again, they became too big and lacked the diplomacy of their Ancestor Abraham to seek pastures elsewhere. Like the Indians in North America, the Hebrews in Egypt, were not willing to change and the Egyptians, out of fear, forced them into slave laborers. What happened to the Hebrews in Egypt has happened more than a thousands times in history and I am a product of three such systems in our time. This was and still is coerced slavery. Slaves have been used to raise bread and make bricks.
The need for bread has also led to voluntary slavery or servitude. The Hebrew people were God’s servants and were not to be sold like other nations for the duration of their lives, but only to be treated as hired workers or temporary residence for six years. In case a poor man married one of the new master’s daughter or maid, he could elect to become a permanent slave of the household (Ex. 21:1-11; Lev. 25:35-42). Moses instructions were, “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly” (Lev. 25:44-46). An alien could not buy a Jew, but a Jew could sell himself and hope that some relative could redeem him and compensate the alien for his losses. During the year of freedom, the alien had to set his Jewish slave and family free (Lev. 25:47-55).
The Nimrods or Israelites were God’s special people with privileges not available to other nations. They were allowed to hunt, but not be hunted. They could take captives and enslave them (Deut. 21:10-14). Even in Jesus’ time, the Jews expected to be fed first, then the dogs and last the Gentiles with some crumbs (Mt. 15:26). The same was true of the first Christians, who served their own people before they did the outsiders (Gal. 6:10). The exilic period was a blessing in disguise for Israel; especially, Jeremiah’s advice, that they, themselves, build up among the nations, rather than in tiny Palestine (Jer. 29:4-9). Most o the exiles were city dwellers and only few returned with Ezra and Nehemiah. Unlike the Assyrians, neither the Babylonians nor the Romans unsettled the farmers. They remained in Babylon and Alexandria and they became wealthy bankers, financiers and world leaders. A group in Babylon laid the foundation for the “Golden Internationalism,” a Jewish organization to control the world’s money (HCC p. 23). Alexander the Alabarch, brother to Philo the philosopher, who impacted Judaism and Christianity from Alexandria, became one of the richest men in the Roman Empire, when Rome was expelling Jews (IDB, 3, p. 796). Another prominent Jewish family was the Rothschild Bankers in Germany and England. Their success had created a heavenly aroma, which came from the God of all gods (Ez. 1:2-4). “In those days ten men from all languages and nation will take firm hold of one Jew by the edge of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you’” (Zech. 8:23).
Mighty Rome listened to the religious leaders of Israel. Rome stopped listening, when these leaders refused to render to Caesar, and when he needed to buy bread. Christians still do believe that Israel is the apple of God’s eye (Zech. 2:8). I believe it is focused on bread, rather than on people, who think of them selves as favored. According to the New Testament or Covenant, we are all are special and in need of our daily bread. It is not God, that withholds bread from us; but we, no longer, feel responsible for having a part in providing bread. We have left the responsibility, too much and too long, in the hands of hunters for profits. From that mistake the world cannot recover. I am a product of a profit hunting system and this what has happened to my people.
First of all, let me enlighten you on “The Fiddler on the Roof.” It is very emotional for me. The movie represents the country where I was born, where I went to school, where we were hunted like animals, where many of our people were incarcerated, where my father was sent to find German tanks with two horses and one old canon. My memory is very vivid. It all happened, while I was between nine and fifteen years old. We were driven three times from our home by the followers of Karl Marx. During that time, I lost a brother and a sister, a friend, a storekeeper and my father’s friend. My baby sister was poisoned, but survived with impaired hearing. We were in flight when my brother, fifteen years younger than I, was born and without proper medical help ended up lame for life. As sad and tragic all this is, it is not the reason, why I am disturbed with the people in the movie because we had no Jewish farmers. Our farmers were mostly Checks, Germans, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians and Slovaks and they complained bitterly about the Jewish merchants that were taking advantage of them.
In the country, where I was born, the major profit hunters were Jews, who gave their fellow Jews a bad reputation. The small farmers would bring their animals, grain and produce to the markets. Ten merchants would line up and put in their bids. Instead of raising their bids, they lowered them. The first offered a dollar, the second ninety cents and the tenth only ten cents. The farmers went back to the first merchant and he now offered nine cents. The farmers did not sell the produce, but dumped the produce, or fed it to their pigs. This ill treatment affected us because my father was a blacksmith and the farmers could not pay him with money and he needed money to purchase farming supplies. He had to find merchants and financiers, who could pay my father for the things he built for them. Most of our banks, businesses and shops were in the hands of Jews and most of them were more reasonable in pricing than the national upper class banks and stores.
In the USA, the government can take our property for taxes and eminent domain. If some politician decides that he can enhance his popularity by a public project, he can enlist for a fee assessors and real estate experts to swindle property owners out of a fair market. Such developers, with government backing, are the modern hunters for bread at the expense of their victims. The County kept raising our taxes until we no longer could hold on to our small farm.