The Law of First Mention frequently defines Bible words, and is often very important in interpretation further references of the word. The word BRICK is first mentioned in Genesis 11:3 where Nimrod attempts to build a World Government. The Bible says of Nimrod, "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." (Genesis 10:8-10) The word, "before" in the phrase, "before the LORD" here caries with it the meaning of being "against" the LORD and being in His "face." The Hebrew word here is also translated, "against" and "face." Therefore, Nimrod is here spoken of one hunting for men in opposition to God. He is a type of the Antichrist.
The beginning of Nimrod's kingdom was Babel (Genesis 10:10) where he had the people saying, "... let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:3-4) All anti-God unScriptural religions had their origin in and can be traced back to the Tower of Babel.
God often uses types and symbols to point to other things. In Biblical Typeology bricks symbolize people in conformity. Above it says, "they had brick for stone." Man made bricks are all alike, but God made people all unique. In the Bible God's people are typified as "stones." In 1 Peter 2:5 it says, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (cf. John 1:42, 2:6) Bricks and stones are diametrically opposed one to another. Stones are all different one from another, bricks are all the same; stones are strong and lasting, bricks are easily broken; the Tower of Babel has crumbled to dust, but the Great Pyramid still stands strong; stones were made by God, bricks are man made.
Genesis 11:3: And they said one to another, Go to, let us make BRICK, and burn them throughly. And they had BRICK for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Exodus 1:14: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in BRICK, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
Exodus 5:7: Ye shall no more give the people straw to make BRICK, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
Exodus 5:8 And the tale of the BRICKS, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
Exodus 5:14: And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making BRICK both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
Exodus 5:16: There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make BRICK: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
Exodus 5:18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of BRICKS.
Exodus 5:19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your BRICKS of your daily task.
Isaiah 9:10: The BRICKS are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
Isaiah 65:3: A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of BRICK;