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Genesis Chapter 15

After the war of 9 kings it looks like it’s time for Abram to concern himself with something of greater importance than war.  He still lacks an heir.  Which, if you’re keeping score, is a pretty big deal since God told him that his children would inherit his promise.

Ge:15:1: After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Who is “the word of the Lord”?  Is it literal, like “The voice of God”.  Or is it the name for the Holy spirit or the Holy Ghost?  Or Jesus?  The Holy trinity definitely confounds me.  Or maybe this is just as straight forward as it gets.  This verse also seems like it fits in directly after Abram gives the King of Sodom all his plunder from the battle.

Kinda telling Abram that he will protect him, maybe he offending the King, and also telling him that he will reward him.  Although Abram did give up all the material things he won, he kept the people.  I wonder if Abram kept slaves.  Or maybe, being a prophet and a man of God, he did not want to turn them over to the Sodomites.  Maybe not slaves, but people to work his fields, or even men to replace men that he surely lost during battles?

Ge:15:2: And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Ge:15:3: And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

Uh-oh.  Abram’s starting to get cranky.  But can you blame him, he is pretty old already.  Unlike Noah, who seemed to be made of patience, Abram seems to be growing impatient with God.  I think the Eliezer thing is very interesting.  Abram seems so hopeless he seems to think that the steward of his house will have to be his heir.

He also seems to be blaming God for his lack of children.  I think it’s interesting that he’s not only complaining of the lack of a son, but also no daughters either, “hast given me no seed”.  I wonder why Eliezer would be Abram’s first choice for heir?  Why not Lot, he is at least family.

I am kind of confused by this though, “and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir”.  Has he already had Ishmael?  Or has he had another child with a different servant?  Is he maybe suggesting to God that he could make an heir without Sarai, foreshadowing Ishmael? Or is he just saying that he’s already named an heir?

Ge:15:4: And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Ge:15:5: And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Just like you would with a child, God has to reassure Abram.  And apparently bowels has a broader meaning than I thought…  So he’s already promised him that his offspring would be like the sands of the earth, but he has to tell him again.

Abram could do with some of Noah’s faith.  Noah had to build an ark and then float above a drowned earth surrounded only by water and cow poop.  While all Abram has to do is “know” his wife and herd cattle and sheep.  It’s nice that we are allowed to see how weak the fathers of our faith were.  It’s encouraging since we are just as weak if not weaker.

I wish I could spend all my time doing that!

Ge:15:6: And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Ge:15:7: And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

I like that he says that Abram believed IN the Lord, and God gives him credit for that.  But Abram still seems to need convincing.

Ge:15:8: And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but it almost sounds to me like when you tell your kid you are going to give him something.  He believes you’re going to give it to him, but that doesn’t stop him from asking every 5 minutes, “When can I get it?  When can I get it?  Can I get it Now?  This is taking forever!”

Maybe I’m wrong though…

Ge:15:9: And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
Ge:15:10: And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

The true test of Abram's faith...Having to sacrifice lambchop.

I wonder why it doesn’t mention an altar?  Or even the burning of the meat?

Ge:15:11: And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

I really like this verse.  When you read it you realize that it serves no purpose!  Unless it has some hidden deeper meaning that I don’t get.  It’s just Abram chasing some birds away.  Can you imagine a little 90 year old man yelling at some birds and chasing them off like they’re kids playing on his lawn.

Lego Abram, scattering birds with his lego hatchet.

Ge:15:12: And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

What???  In the following passages we get this.

Ge:15:13: And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Ge:15:14: And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Ge:15:15: And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

I wonder if God did not tell Abram this, but showed him.  “and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.”  This sounds like a vision.  And it makes sense that God would actually show it to him, because he so far had doubted his word.   So he show’s Abram this vision, and then promises him that he will live a good and long life and will die peacefully.

But this one is the most interesting to me…

Ge:15:16: But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

I looked up the Amorites, apparently they occupied a huge chunk of Mesopotamia.  And I’ve always wondered why Abram saw the “promised land” and why it was to be given to his descendants.  But now I think this makes it a little clearer.  God wasn’t ready to give the land away yet, because it sounds like there are still Godly men in the area. Because when he says, “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full”, it’s like he’s saying that they haven’t wronged him enough for God to take away their lands…yet.

Ge:15:17: And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
Ge:15:18: In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Ge:15:19: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
Ge:15:20: And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
Ge:15:21: And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

I’m not sure why God names all those people, are those the people and the land that he’ll inherit?  So I guess this finalizes God’s promise to Abram.  I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find some more doubt and impatience from Abram’s camp…

Hey Hagar...What's a nice slave like you doing in a place like this...

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Genesis Chapter 14

At first in reading this chapter I wanted to just skip over the names of kings and this first recorded war, but in doing a smidgen of internet research, I found some interesting gems.  Let me also say that I know it goes much deeper or  God, through Moses, wouldn’t have recorded it.

The alliance that was with Amraphel was composed of the combined armies of Babylon, Assyria, Persia and the Hittite Empire.  An alternate title for Chedorlaomer may be “Servant of Lagamar, goddess of the underworld, ruler of eternity.”

We've always been plagued by false god's.

Lagamar was an Elamite goddess of the Netherworld who, with Ishnikarab, received the dead when sent below. The two goddesses worked with Inshushinak who sat in judgment of the dead.”  Amraphel (name means “Sayer of darkness, ruler of the place of rebellion.)”may be none other than Hammurabi, one of the most powerful rulers in ancient times and who is credited with the Code of Hammurabi

1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar,Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations,  2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar).

3 All these joined together in the vale of Siddim (the same is the Salt Sea).  4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

The five cities of the plain are described as specifically giving service and rebelling against Chedorlaomer, which may indicate that Chedorlaomer alone had conquered this territory and only asked for assistance when the rebellion occurred: Cities Plain

Another reference work has stated, “Thirteen years before the main events of this chapter, Chedorlaomer, king of Elam (Persia), had conquered various kings in the plains adjacent to the Dead (Salt) Sea. In the thirteenth year, the five captive kings rebelled against Chedorlaomer. So he allied himself with three other kings from the region of Babylon, marched south along the eastern side of the Dead Sea, then north on the western side to Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other cities of the plain.”

5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

Chedorlaomer and his alliance fought against an enemy far fiercer than imagined, for the Rephaim, the Zuzim, the Emim, the Horites, and the inhabitants of the territory of the Amalekites and the Amorites appear to have been giants. The article “Nephilim subdued” describes in greater detail the nature of these people and the meaning of their names.

After their victory against these creatures, Chedorlaomer and his alliance went on to crush the futile resistance of the five cities of the plain, which included Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet Chedorlaomer was no match for the power of God. God used Abraham and his small group of men to slaughter all these mighty kings:

It’s very interesting to me that they seem to have been fighting and conquering Rephaim or Nephilim

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6 and the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.  7 And they returned, and came to En-mishpat (the same is Kadesh), and
smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazazon-tamar.

8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar); and they set the battle in array against them in the vale of Siddim;

9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five.

10 Now the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain.

“In Hebrew, Sodom means Burnt and Gomorrah means A Ruined Heap. Respectively, these names seem to have been given after the disaster, and were not their original names.  Sodom and Gomorrah.

11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

In chapter 13:12 Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. Now it seems he lives in Sodom.  And does this say that Lot was taken as a prisoner of war?

13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew: (first time the name Hebrew is used) now he dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner; and these were confederate with Abram.

So a captive escapes, or a survivor of the battle.  I wonder what made him go to Abram?  I wonder if this is kind of a hint that Abram is a greatly respected leader?

14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan.

318 trained men, so the people born in Abrams house were, men women and children and great number  I had always pictured one little tent with Abraham and Sarah by themselves. Here is a whole nomadic village of people. I wonder how great a company of people there was.

So not only did he have a little army 318 soldiers but it specifically says “trained.”  Suggesting that these weren’t just men of a fighting age, they were the army of Abram?  Or his household’s personal guard.  Suggesting that he’s not only a sheep herder, but he’s a leader of men with a military mind perhaps.

15 And he divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

Not only is it describing Abram as a leader, they are talking about his tactics!  He attacks at night with a small force (guerrilla warfare?) and divides his men, they not only defeat their opponents, but he chased them to cut them down!

16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

To the victor goes the spoils.  He rescues his nephew and brings back those he didn’t kill.  Does he bring the women and people, probably children and old men, does he bring them back as slaves?  Or as free men, to tend his flocks?  Interesting question, because if he brings back all their goods, that is probably their cattle and sheep too.  Horses and camels?  Pretty awesome.

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, at the vale of Shaveh (the same is the King’s way)

I wonder if Abram was considered a King of sorts?

If Amraphel was really Hammurabi what an amazing victory Abraham had over these great kings, remember he is at least 90 years old.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to confound
the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world, to
confound the things which are mighty: ” 1Corinthians 1:27

By the way, confound means to put into confusion,to perplex or amaze, especially by a sudden disturbance or surprise.  I bet they were surprised. 318 men and one old man is not much against the greatest armies on earth. 🙂  Reminds me of Moses, all he had was an older brother and a stick.

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of God Most High.

This answers a lot of my (Adam) questions…Here is a Priest of God Most High during a time when we were wondering if Abram was the only righteous man, apparently he wasn’t.

This mysterious man Melchizedek (king of righteousness) First king of Salem (Jerusalem) Just as Jesus brings us bread and wine.  

And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, who was appointed to be a priest, not on the basis of a genealogical registry, but rather on the power of an indestructible life.  And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 17:15-17

Hebrews 7:1-28 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning form the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him: To whom also Abraham have a tenth part of all: first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace.

High Priest Melchizedek...Looks surprisingly Catholic.

The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”Psalm 110:4

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 and blessed be God Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a tenth of all.

Did Abram just give a tenth of everything he plundered to the King of Salem, Melchizedek?

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.   22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,  23 that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor aught that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

So Abram wouldn’t accept worldly riches, but accepted a blessing from the priest of God.

24 save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion.

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Genesis Chapter 13

What does this picture have to do with Genesis Chapter 13…nothing.  But look at it.  That might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  I just want to tickle his wittle wabbit belly!

*Ahem*

Ge:13:1: And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
Ge:13:2: And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Leaving Egypt on bad terms with the Pharaohs gold.  I wonder how much of that was his own personal wealth or how much was a gift.  It is surprising that, if the Pharaoh was so angry at Abram, they were able to leave Egypt with everything they owned, including their lives.  Jimmy was probably right, Abram was probably feared by the Pharaoh.

Ge:13:3: And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
Ge:13:4: Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

So Abram just journeyed all over that region no telling how many years, and somehow he found his way back to the first altar the built in Bethel!  That’s impressive.  I wonder if he’s being led by God, or if he’s just wandering?  Was he being led by God or was he feeling lost?  If at every stop he’s building an altar and “calling on the name of the Lord”, maybe he feels lost and is asking for guidance?


Ge:13:5: And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
Ge:13:6: And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

They must have had a ton of animals!  If they’re in a valley that can’t hold two flocks?  Billy can answer this better than me, but I read that a cow needs somewhere between 1-2 acres.  So if you have two huge herds of cows and sheep.  They must have been spread all over that area.  I wonder how powerful and influential Abram and his family was in Ur?

Ge:13:7: And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
Ge:13:8: And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Ge:13:9: Is not the whole land before thee?  separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

Families not getting along?  Or only the herdsmen?  I wonder why they say that the Canaanite and Perizzite lived there?  Were they their herdsmen?  Or was that just a useless fact?  I doubt it was the latter, maybe the Canaanite’s worked for Lot and the Perizzite’s worked for Abram, and there was animosity between the two groups?  So they had to separate the family.

Ge:13:10: And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

This passage is full of awesomeness.  It’s saying how beautiful and lush the area was before God punished the twin cities for their wickedness.  Even going so far as to compare the land to the Garden of Eden.  It’s interesting that his judgment not only destroyed the two cities, but the land too.

Ge:13:11: Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Ge:13:12: Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Ge:13:13: But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

I wonder how big the cities were back then?  It’s interesting that Lot choose the city.  I wonder how willing Lot was to leave in the first place.  He may have missed the city life?  Maybe he never wanted to leave Ur or never wanted to leave Haren?  And here was his chance to live in a city again.  I wonder if God warned them about Sodom?  And maybe Lot was being disobedient by going back into the cities?

Ge:13:14: And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
Ge:13:15: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
Ge:13:16: And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

I wonder why God waited until after Lot left to make his promise to Abram?  Do you think that if Lot had chosen differently that he would have been included in the promise?  And again, I wonder how the promise was given to Abram?  Physical, Dream or angel?  Genesis 13:16 is a strange promise.  I wonder if it’s because his children are so spread out?  The Jews are probably in every country in the world.  And how many nations can be traced back to the Hebrews?  Are the Muslims included in that promise?

Ge:13:17: Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Ge:13:18: Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

We’ve got a lot of Abram left.  He still has to turn into Abraham…

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Genesis Chapter 12

Ge:12:1: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:

I guess that God and humanity are back on speaking terms?  We weren’t given a ton of information about the last 300ish years, but this is the first time since Noah that God has spoken with man.  I wonder how in touch humanity still was with God.  Or at least the faithful.  It almost sounds very urgent.  Get the out!  He’s being led away from people, even from his own blood.  I wonder how the faithful kept their faith?  No centralized religious centers probably and no “bible”, makes you wonder.  Without documentation it would be easy to forget, just some stories told by tired old men.

Ge:12:2: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Ge:12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Kind of scary now that we have a President who is trying to throw Israel under the bus.  God promised that he’d make Israel a great nation.  But really, how long was it great?  From Moses until the end of the Old Testament, or was Solomon the last great King?  I’m not a biblical historian, but maybe by the end of this we’ll all be a little more knowledgeable.  I wonder what “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” means?  Is that a foreshadowing of Christ?

Ge:12:4: So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Ge:12:5: And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Abram was already an old man by this time.  More than half his life already expired.  The most interesting thing, to me, about this passage is definitely the souls part.  What does that mean?  The substance I can assume means all his worldly wealth, but the souls?  Was that his servants/slaves, was it followers?  Was he already considered a prophet?  It’s a strange passage…

Ge:12:6: And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.  And the Canaanite was then in the land.

I’ve never heard of these places, but what I really like is “the Canaanite was then in the land.”  The land was promised to Abram’s descendants, not Abram.  I wonder what kind of civilization was around during the time?  Cities or Shepherds?

Hebrew altar, between 850-750 BC.

Ge:12:7: And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Strange.  He wasn’t instructed by God to build an altar, like Noah was.  I wonder if this was still their tradition.  But the neatest part about that passage isn’t the altar, it that is says the Lord appeared to him.  It wasn’t a crazy voice in his head or even a burning bush.  I wonder if it really was a personal visit, or maybe a vision or a dream?

Ge:12:8: And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

Altar number two.  I wonder how he was being led here?  Once he entered Canaan, was that where he was supposed to go, or was God leading him to a very specific place?  If they are Shepherds and semi nomadic then they would use the whole country right?  They’re also still putting up tents.  No houses.  I wonder what the significance is of saying he built an altar AND called upon the name of the Lord.  Asking for help or just worshipping?

Ge:12:9: And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
Ge:12:10: And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn (temporary stay) there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

This isn’t the last time the Hebrews go to Egypt for protection from one thing or another (including hiding a certain baby from a mad king).  So it’s been near 400 years and not only has man moved into Egypt, but they’ve already established an empire!  There’s already a Pharaoh, and we know what kind of crazy gods they set up.  But a full blown empire just 400 years after the flood!   Wow.  Makes me think of what Agent Smith said in the Matrix…(Yeah, I went there.)

I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague…

We do move and multiply very quickly!  But we were commanded and it’s deeply ingrained in our DNA, the need to multiply is strong.

Anyway, back to real things…

Ge:12:11: And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
Ge:12:12: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Ge:12:13: Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Coward?  Was Abram being cowardly here?  If Abram is in his late 70’s how much younger is his wife?  So is he being craven or is this an insight into how dangerous the time was?  If the land was this dangerous then it must of been a terrible drought to force him into such inhospitable country.

Ge:12:14: And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
Ge:12:15: The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Pharaoh saw him!  You have to wonder how big the empire was at this time?  Or even why would Abram even be noticed by a King?  Maybe he was a great shepherd?  Maybe he brought in a multitude of cattle, sheep, servants and such.  Why would he even be noticed?  It is really perplexing me.

Ge:12:16: And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
Ge:12:17: And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

This makes me wonder too.  Abram lied to Pharaoh about who Sarai was, but Abram is given gifts and it is Egypt that suffers.  That almost doesn’t make sense to me.  It almost sounds like, forgive the crudeness, but it almost sounds like Abram is pimping Sarai to the Pharaoh!  Why else would they be punished?  Unless punishing Egypt was the only way to get Abram out of Egypt, maybe the Pharaoh had made him wealthy and he had decided to stay?

Ge:12:18: And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me?  why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
Ge:12:19: Why saidst thou, She is my sister?  so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

It just doesn’t make sense to me, it still sounds that Abram was in the wrong.  And how did the Pharaoh find out?  Did the Pharaoh take Sarai to his bed?  He says he wanted to take her as a wife, how far did Abram let it go?  I don’t know, this is a strange chapter.  I could really keep ranting and rambling on this but I guess I should move on.  So far the father of the Hebrews doesn’t seem like a good person to me.

Ge:12:20: And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

This won’t be the last time the Hebrews are kicked out of Egypt…

Next time…

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Genesis Chapter 11:10-32

Family Tree time!

Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem

A more specialized family tree, the line of Shem…from Shem to Abram.  One of the most interesting things about this family line is how you see the ages of man greatly drop off.  They live in a new world, and I’m wondering if it has anything to do from the atmosphere to even man contracting diseases…cancer, getting sick from eating raw meats?  And I wonder if the interbreeding had anything to do with DNA corruption?  Anyway here’s a cool Beard Chart for you!

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Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
Ge:11:11: And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

Shem’s third son.  I think it’s interesting that it is the third son, since God is so fond of 3 and 7.

Ge:11:12: And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

Arphaxad becomes the youngest man to have a son mentioned in his lineage, 35 years.  So not only is man starting to live less (although 438 years is still a LONG time) he’s starting to have children very young!  Although compare 35 to 16 and pregnant (show on MTV)…but since we don’t know anything about any wives, who knows how young they were.

I wonder if men fathering children at a younger age has anything to do with living in cities?  Living in cities has to make it easier to find wives.  When you live as a farmer and a shepherd how much time to you have to find wives?  Unless they’re still marrying sisters?  I wonder if at this time marriages were used for making alliances or joining powerful families?  Or maybe it’s still to early for that.

I'll trade you one daughter..For 100 of these.

Salah -30 years-> Eber -43 years-> then we get Peleg and the scattering.

So I just want to look at this for myself.  Ok so Noah lived for 350 years after the flood.

Ge:11:10: These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood

Arphaxad was born 2 years after the flood. Flood -2 years-> Arphaxad -35 years-> Salah -30 years-> Eber -34 years-> Peleg

So that isn’t very long at all.  If the people of the Earth were scattered during Peleg’s time then it’s completely possible that Noah was still alive right? That’s only 101 years between the flood and Peleg’s birth.  I wonder how close Noah still was with his son’s.  I wonder if this line of Shem stayed with Noah and if so was it only the people building the tower who’s languages were scramble?

Maybe not if Abram had to be called out of Ur.  I wish we could know all this.  I’m just saying, a historical documentary in heaven would be nice.

right click...new window or tab. This is a neat chart.

According to this Noah and Abram could have chatted.  Maybe they even hiked up to have lunch in the Ark?  Anything could have happened and we can imagine and wonder all we want since there is no real information.  Makes it fun and exciting.

Ge:11:24: And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
Ge:11:25: And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

29 years when Nahor had Terah.  Very interesting, and he lives a relatively short life, Just 148 years.

This chart shows how different judgments seem to have been the reason for the rapid and steady decline of the age of men.

But then we get to Terah, Abrams father.  He was old fashioned it seems.  He waited 70 years to have Abram.  I wonder if he was cursed with daughters (Although I’m sure that Grandpa felt blessed with daughters, with a huge sigh of relief with Billy and Jimmy).

Ge:11:26: And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Ge:11:27: Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

Abram is the line of Christ, but I guess since we are getting to a story about Abram –> Abraham, it’s time we are given a little more information.  Also Lot plays a large role pretty soon.

Ge:11:28: And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

This is interesting that it says that Haran died before his father, where he was born in Ur.  I wonder if that left Lot to be fostered by his uncles or his grandfather.  If you already know the answer, it’s because I’m not that knowledgeable about the upcoming chapters.  So please forgive my ignorance, I’m working under the assumption that I’ll be wrong far more often than not.

Ge:11:29: And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Whoa!  Talk about some crazy intermingling.  So, nahor took his niece for a wife!  That would make him her Huncle, husband/uncle.  Crazy!  Oh look at that, Iscah…name sounds familiar doesn’t it…

Iscah --- Rumors of Eden

Ge:11:31: And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Ge:11:32: And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Good foreshadowing for future chapters, Sarai barren.  I think it’s interesting that the land they went into was Haran.  I wonder Terah named the land in memory of his son, or if it was already known as Haran?

Well there it is.  I didn’t think I could squeeze a full post out of that *whew*.  All right Chapter 12 next week!  As always if you are interested in doing chapter 12 or any other chapter let me know.  All you have to do is write it and email it to me @ adambrock25@gmail.com.  Jimmy?  Kathy and Mom have already done one.  Or if John would be interested in doing one, let him know.

Oh yeah…I was interested so here is what Haran means:

Haran Haran

The name Haran is assigned four times in the Bible.

The first Haran is a son of Terah and brother of Abraham and Nahor (and the half-brother of Sarah – Genesis 11:26). This Haran is the father of Lot. Haran is also the name of the city where Abram‘s family settled (Genesis 11:31). A third Haran is a son of Caleb and Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46). A fourth Haran is a Levite of the family of Gershon (1 Chronicles 23:9).

The name Haran is probably derived of the word har (har) meaning hill, mountain. The post-fixed nun serves as a personification (Hill Guy). As such the name Haran is distantly similar to Aaron.

A salient detail is that the verb hara (hara) means to be with child, to be pregnant. The derived noun hara (hara) means pregnant and the noun herayon (herayon) means conception or pregnancy.

The name Haran means Mountaineer, says Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, or Mountainous, according to NOBS Study Bible Name List.

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Genesis Chapter 11:1-9

That’s the United Nations General Assembly, what does that remind you of?

Ge:11:1: And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

It looks like we are getting there doesn’t it!

Ge:11:2: And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar (Check out the link.  Wikipedia is awesome.); and they dwelt there.

Babylon, Babel, on right side of Map.

Do you think that they still lived in the area of the ark?  How long do you think they stayed there before they decided to migrate west.  One…Two hundred years?  How long before they forgot about God?  How big of a community can four families create in 10 generations?  All interesting questions, I think, maybe I’m too much of a lover of history and small details though.  But I wish that this kind of stuff was in there, even though it is completely irrelevant.

But who do you think finally left?  Probably the descendants of Ham.  If Noah’s curse was held true then Ham’s children were servants and second class citizens.  And were ready to get away from that life.  Or maybe it was a difference in faith.  If they had forgotten God they could have been forced out?  Who knows.  This Link, Bible Maps, has some cool maps and some history and relations to other scriptures.  Check it out.

Ge:11:3: And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.  And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

I guess Ecclesiastes 1:9 applies here:

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Remember that Cain built the first city before the flood.  Interesting that It was probably Cush, or his descendants that began building the new city.  It seems that every time that a city is built evil is close behind.  Idle hands are the devils playthings.  And there is nothing but time in the city.  When you aren’t tending a flock or a farm all day you have nothing but time.  We are very self destructive with our free time.

Ge:11:4: 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.
Ge:11:5: And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

You know, I’ve always thought that they built the tower to see God.  It says heaven.  I wonder if they had an idea of heaven yet?  It hasn’t talk about eternal life or heaven yet.  I wonder if Adam and his children were promised that?  Or if they were just expected to worship, expecting nothing in return?

So, when I read “heaven” in that verse, I think they just wanted to kiss the sky.  How knowledgeable were they?  Did they literally expect to reach the heavens?  It sounds like they were building the tower as a show of power.  Like the Egyptian pharaohs, and almost every other ruler on earth, built great architectural monuments to show how powerful and wealthy they were.

But then there is this, “lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”  Maybe the tower was supposed to be like a light house?  Calling people from all over the world with a giant tower to be seen from miles and miles, attempting to build a mighty empire.

I’ve also always thought that God scattered men before the tower could be completed, but it sounds like they finished it.  One thing that interests me is that the Lord came down.  Any other time he’s been mentioned so far he was already with us.  Walking in the garden, speaking with Cain, and bringing Noah into the Ark.  But this time he descends to earth, like he has decided to leave us to ourselves.

Get out of here!

Ge:11:6: And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

How could it not be the end of days?  This is exactly where we are now!  We live in a time where there are zero barriers.  We can go anywhere in the world in less than a day.  We can speak to anyone anywhere in the world face to face with the click of a button.  We can launch military attacks with machines and missiles while the operators sit safely hundreds if not thousands of miles away.

Heck, we sent man to the moon nearly half a century ago, and now we have plans to send a manned mission to mars and even to harvest precious minerals from asteroids!  What can’t we achieve?  Pretty soon there are going to be so many people on the face of the planet that we’ll start running out of room.

Ge:11:7: Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Ge:11:8: So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

I wonder how advanced man was becoming?  And I wonder if anyone kept the original language?  Maybe Shem’s line?  Isn’t that the tradition, or not?  I don’t know?

“Go to, let “US” go down”…The trinity again?  And again, they are now longer among men.  “and they left off to build the city”, I wonder what that means?  Had they not finished building?  Or is it man going off to build other and newer cities?

Assyrian city dated to 6000 BC! Arbil Here's the link, pretty interesting.

Ge:11:9: Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

I love this.  I think it is so neat that, when someone is spouting nonsense, we say that they are babbling.  And that’s when man was scattered.  Which makes me wonder.  If the Semetic (The line of Shem) people got to stay where they were then maybe they weren’t scattered.  Maybe they were still true to the Lord.

Do you think that there was war after this?  I bet there was a HUGE WAR!  Think about it, everyone was being forced to leave and find a different home.  There must have been a great struggle to decide who got to stay and keep Babel.  Even if Babel had a king, Nimrod?, how loyal would an army be if they couldn’t understand each other?  How were the languages spread out?  Families stayed together?  Tribes stayed together?  Or was it just random chaos?  I don’t know, I know Kathy did some research on the traditions and myths about Nimrod and the time.  I would be interested in hearing some of that Kathy!

Anyway.  Genesis 11:10-32 is more lineage.  And I’ve already written a lot.  So I’m going to start on that, but it will be a separate post since it is almost a completely different subject than the first half of the chapter.  Also this is a pretty long half chapter.  So we’ll catch up with Abram and the end of Chapter 11 later.  Again, I really got a kick out of this chapter…If you think I wrote down a lot of stupid questions and ideas that don’t really matter then we’re lucky I didn’t ramble on with everything that popped into my head.  This is a very neat chapter, I look forward to hearing from everyone…

And of course next week we get…

Abram...

 

 

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Genesis Chapter 10

And Adam begat...

Late again.  This time with good reason.  My excuse is two fold, 1. Busy weekend, and Jennifer had to have oral surgery last Wednesday and 2.  It’s another boring lineage chapter…

Or is it?  Who isn’t completely fascinated with knowing who their father’s father was.  I just did the two week free trial on ancestry.com and loved it!  Took the Boatwrights back to the 1500s!  How accurate it was though, I don’t know.  Anyway, on the surface this chapter does seem dull and boring, but really, these lineages are some of the most important passages.

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I don’t really know what to say, or even how to start this chapter?  I know, it’s hard to believe.  But I’ve looked and looked, and I can’t find much at all to talk about.  So let’s be honest, I’m a bit lost in this chapter.  So I’m going to STEAL a break down of the Genesis 10.  I just don’t have the historical or biblical chops to pull off a good post for a chapter of lineages.

Mom found this and it seems to be an amazing breakdown.  The website is http://cornerstonebaptist-tyro.com/default.aspx .

Genesis Chapter 10 – Commentary By Mike Wells
Chapter 10 Overview:

Genesis 10 is organized around the descendants of the three sons of Noah:

  1. The sons of Japheth in verses 1-5;
  2. The sons of Ham in verses 6-14 including record of Nimrod and the descendants of Canaan in verses 15-20;
  3. And finally, the sons of Shem in verses 21-32.

Genesis 10 : 1 – Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

  • The word translated as “generations” (toledaw) means „descendants.‟ Thus the chapter sets forth the immediate descendants of the sons of Noah—those born after the flood.

Genesis 10 : 2 – The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

  • Though usually noted as the last son of Noah, Japheth‟s descendants are noted first. Gomer is thought to be the father of the Celtic races and later the Germanic peoples.
  • Magog became the father of the Tartars (Scythians) and would be related to the Russian peoples today.
  • Madai was the father of the Medes which today would be the southern republics of the former Soviet Union.
  • Javan was the father of those who peopled the Greek peninsula.
  • Tubal became the father of people who settled around the Black Sea who later migrated north whose chief city came to be known as Tobolsk. Portions of this line also migrated to Spain.
  • Meshech would also be the father of Slavic and Russian peoples.
  • Tiras became the father of the Thracians, a Mediterranean people.

Genesis 10 : 3 – And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.

  • The descendants of Japheth became the Indo-European, or Caucasian race.
  • The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz which to this day is the Yiddish word for German.
  • Little if anything is known concerning Riphath.
  • However, Togarmah is the thought to be the people later known as the Turks.

Genesis 10 : 4 – And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

  • The descendants of Javan were largely those who settled the areas which later came to be known as Greek.
  • Dodanim probably refers to the people of Rhodes.
  • (Adam…I think this is intesting, because the greeks are thought to have built cities in along the Mediterranean Sea, including the Philistines.)

Genesis 10 : 5 – By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

  • It is further noteworthy that the first use of the word translated as “gentiles” (goyim) in the Bible is found here.
  • Of interest is that the descendants of Japheth are noted as gentiles (i.e., heathen) in distinction to the descendants of the Ham or Shem.

Genesis 10 : 6 – And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.  The sons of Ham were Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

  • These each became of people who lived to the south of the cradle of civilization and largely are the people who settled the African continent.
  • Cush is largely the same as Ethiopia, though the original Ethiopians populated the Arabian peninsula before migrating to northwest Africa.
  • Mizraim is overwhelmingly translated as Egypt.  (Moses’ first adversary and his mentors.)
  • Phut became the people of other portions of north Africa and is thought to otherwise be Libya.
  • Canaan, the fourth son of Ham remained in the region of Palestine, populating the area which later would be known as the promised land or biblical Israel.

Genesis 10 : 7 – And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

  • Seba is generally thought to be a sub- division of Ethiopia.
  • Havilah is thought to be a part of the Arabian peninsula, perhaps Yemen today.
  • Little is known of Sabtah or Raamah.
  • Sheba was the beginning of the people who lived in southern Arabia.
  • Dedan likewise was a region of southern Arabia.

Depiction of Assyrian Hunter

Genesis 10 : 8-9 – 8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

  • The most notable son of Cush was Nimrod who is noted as becoming a mighty hunter in the earth and before the Lord.

Genesis 10 : 10 – And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

  • He settled and founded the area which became Babel, and later called Babylon.
  • Erech, Accad, and Calneh were cities in the region of Babylon (modern day Iraq).
  • In modern geography, it is the region along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers from Kuwait to Iraq.

Genesis 10 : 11 – Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah.

  • The reference to Asshur here may not refer to a person, but rather to a place.
  • Evidently, people who descended from Nimrod went into what came to be known as Assyria and built Nineveh as well as Rehoboth and Calah.

Genesis 10 : 12 – And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

  • Nothing else is known of Resen other than the geographical coordinates found here.
  • It is also noteworthy how all false, counterfeit religion in the world to this day was channeled through Babel and Nineveh. The notorious Babylonian mystery religion began at the time of Nimrod and continues to this day largely through the Roman Catholic Church.

Genesis 10 : 13-14 – 13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

  • The second son of Ham was Mizraim who begat the nations noted here.
  • The Anamims are thought to be another strain of Egyptians along with Lehabim and Naphtuhim. Notably, the Philistim (i.e., Philistines) descended from Ham through Mizraim.
  • The Caphtorim were the early inhabitants of Crete.

Genesis 10 : 15-18 – 15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, 17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

  • The descendants of Canaan (the fourth son of Ham) are names more familiar in later Bible geography and history.
  • The Sidonians of Lebanon descended from Canaan along with the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and other lessor known peoples such as the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

Genesis 10 : 19 – And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

  • Recall that the curse Noah placed was upon the Canaanites. These were the godless people who inhabited the land when Israel later conquered it.
  • Their region was the land which historically has been known generally as Palestine ranging from Lebanon on the north (Sidon) to Gaza on the south, to Sodom and Gomorrah on the east (the Dead Sea) and thence northward.

Genesis 10 : 20 – These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

  • A summary of the people and lands of Ham are those noted. They formed the people of the southern portion of the Middle East southward and including Africa.

Genesis 10 : 21 – Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

  • The descendants of Shem are noted. Reference is made to him being the brother of Japheth
  • This is possibly to note the spiritual similarity between the two in distinction to Ham and his behavior toward his father.
  • The note of the elder refers to Shem who was the oldest son of Noah.
  • The Shemites migrated for the most part to east after the matter of the tower of Babel and would form the root of the eastern, oriental, and Asian people of the world.
  • It is also of note that the term “Semitic” derives from Shem. Technically, all eastern people are Semitic and not just the Jews as is the common application today.

Genesis 10 : 22 – The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

  • The children of Shem are Elam who is essentially the origins of the Persian people known as Iran today.
  • Asshur refers to the peoples of Assyria, modern Syria

Genesis 10 : 23-29 – And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash. 24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber. 25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. 26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

  • Aram is the father of the Syrian people and is the base of the Aramaic language.
  • Other names of some note are Uz of the book of Job.
  • Uz likely were the people who populated a region perhaps south and east of Palestine.
  • Peleg evidently was the time of the division of languages at the tower of Babel.
  • Joktan became the father of some of the Arabian peoples.
  • Ophir, noted later in Scripture, along with Havilah were regions of the Arabian peninsula.

Genesis 10 : 30 – And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

  • The word Sephar refers to a place in Arabia The Jews today use it to refer to the orient, noting “Sephardic” Jews as oriental in distinction to western (European) Jews.

Genesis 10 : 31 – These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

  • It is again noted of the descendants of Shem which to this day form the base of the oriental, eastern, and Asiatic peoples.
  • American Indians are presumably descended from them.

Genesis 10 : 32 – These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

  • As noted here, the entire earth was populated and divided after the flood by these three sons of Noah and their descendants.
  • The time line from chapter 10 into the early portion of chapter 11 is approximately 100 years.
  • According to the genealogy in 11:10-16, three generations, totaling 101 years were from the time of Shem after the flood to the time of Peleg at the time of the division.

So yeah, this chapter is boring and mildly exhausting.  So i apologize for taking a two weeks to put it out.  And I’m sorry if it’s boring and completely uninspired on my part.  But I seriously spent all last week staring at an empty screen trying to think of what I could write about this chapter!  So at least it is out of the way, and honestly that’s a pretty amazing breakdown of all the children!

It’s interesting to look and see it broken down so thoroughly.  It may be boring and un-entertaining, but it necessary!  So I’ll get started on chapter 11 pretty soon, I’ll give everyone time to comment :).

If anyone is interested in doing a future chapter let me know!

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