Ok, we are meeting for Day 3 of reading the bible in 365 days. Let me just say that I am completely and utterly confused and my brain hurts and I’m angry, feeling (at least within these first 12 chapters of Genesis) that God is extremely sexist, preferring men to women. At least it seems that way with the first 12 chapters. I’m angry because my bible is different than Hallie’s. Names of people are different. Amounts of time, months, etc. are different, which makes me want to go take up Hebrew and Aramaic, just so that I can get a little closer to the truth of what the bible was intended to say. You would think with all the confusion in the world, that with this book that God had man write, the book would at least be easier to understand to everyone. Why else write the book? Seems as though much of it is written to only confuse and frustrate. That being said and off my chest, I’ll get to today’s reading and discussion.
Genesis Chapters 9 thru 12:
God told Noah and his sons to go out, be fruitful, increase in number, and told them all that lives and moves on the ground would be food for them. As he gave all the green plants, he now gives them everything.
So, no more vegetarians? Meat eaters! Hey, I like my bacon cheeseburgers, too and my slow roasted crockpot chicken. Mmmmm. Although, I was a vegetarian for a couple of years many moons ago.
God said to not eat what still has its lifeblood in it, and “for your lifeblood, I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal and from each man, too and the life of his fellow man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will also be shed.” He promised no floods will ever come again to destroy all of mankind and earth. He sent the Rainbow as a sign of the covenant between God and the earth.
Noah’s 3 sons, Shem, Ham & Japheth – from them came the people who scattered over the earth.
Now, one question I have, among the many (and if you want to take a crack at answering, please do so), is where did all the other people come from? I’m talking about in the days of Cain and Abel. Who did Cain marry? Where did she come from? Or is it just understood that God created all these other people but didn’t feel the need to mention?
Anyway, Noah planted a vineyard, drank its wine, became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. Ham (one of his sons) saw his nakedness and went out and told his brothers. Shem and Japheth took a garment, and covered their father with their faces turned away so as not to see his nakedness.
When Noah found out what Ham did, Noah cursed Canaan (Ham’s son). That’s another thing I do not get. Why not curse Ham? Why curse his innocent grandson? Canaan didn’t do this thing. Ham did. Another thing I’m angry about. And why did God not correct Noah for doing this? Canaan was cursed and made to be a slave to Shem, and Noah said, “May Japheth live in the tents of Shem and may Canaan be his slave.” So, Canaan was a slave to both Shem and Japheth?
One of the sons of Japheth was Javan. The sons of Javan – from these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.
Tower of Babel – At this point, the world had one language. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They decided to build a city with a tower that would reach the heavens. They figured they could make a name for themselves and not be scattered all over the face of the earth. God came down to see the city, saw the tower and realizing there’s nothing impossible for these people, he decided to confuse their language so they couldn’t understand each other. So, God scattered them about the earth and they stopped building the city. That’s why it’s called Babel. The Lord confused the language of the entire earth and scattered them.
Abram – God told him to leave his country, his people, his family and go to the land God would show him. God promised him blessings, saying he’d make his name great and he’d be a blessing to others, blessing those who blessed Abram, cursing those who cursed him. Lot left with Abram for Haran. Abram’s wife, Sarai, and his nephew, Lot, their possessions and people acquired in Haran – they all set out for the land of Canaan.
Due to their being a famine in the land, Abram went to Egypt to live, but before entering Egypt, he asked his wife to say she was his sister so that his life would be spared for fear of being killed, because she was a hottie and everyone would want to marry her. So, they went into Egypt and he was treated well. The Egyptians praised her for her hotness and she was taken to Pharoah into the palace. For her sake, Abram acquired sheep, cattle, donkeys, men/maidservants and camels. The Lord inflicted diseases on Pharaoh and the household because of Abram’s wife, Sarai. Pharaoh summoned Abram, asked him why he lied and allowed him to take her as a wife. He sent Abram, his wife and all their belongings away. He told them to go and they went.
Now, another thing that chaps my hide is why the heck did Abram do that in the first place? Asking his wife to lie for him? Letting her be taken as a wife when she was already married? Just to acquire things? To be treated well? God should have cursed Abram for asking her to do all that. I feel Abram was very wrong and did not deserve greatness.
Your thoughts? Your views?
Tomorrow – Genesis 13-17.
Carol & Hallie