(Look, I gotta make some of this entertaining. Some of it is so dry, especially the who begat who parts, and who moved where and owned what lands. The names of some of these guys and cities, alone, are making my eyes cross. Ugh!)
Okay, yeah, maybe I’m referring to Sarah in Genesis, since this is Day 4 of Reading the bible in 365 days. I realize that’s just one part of Chapters 13 thru 17, but MADE YA LOOK! 😉
Thanks for stopping by. Glad to see ya! Sit a spell. Let us talk awhile. Pitch in. Lend your voice. We all have our own views and opinions about things, especially the bible and all its confusion, so let me hear from you. K?
I’d like to start off by saying I realize my nostrils were flared during yesterday’s reading and blog and it’s not good when I become tempered, but at least Hallie and I were being honest. We weren’t meaning to be disrespectful to God nor the bible. If anything, we try to be authentic with God. He knows how we truly feel about everything, so why hide it, right? And on that note…
Genesis Chapters 13 thru 17 – Lot had been moving about with Abram (“A”), and Lot (“L”) had many flocks, herds and tents, as well.
Quarreling broke out among the herdsmen of A and L, so A told L (roughly), “Hey man, we’re family. Let us and our herdsmen not argue but let’s go our separate ways. We both have a lot of stuff, many people and animals and things are too stressful traveling together, so you go in the direction of your choice, and I’ll go in the other.”
So L went east. A lived in Canaan, while L lived near Sodom. Now, Sodom was filled with wicked men, sinning greatly against God. After A and L parted ways, God told A that all the land he sees will be given to him and his offspring forever. He would make his offspring too many to be counted. God told A to go walk thru all the land he was being given. So, A moved to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron.
Kedorlaomer (“K”) king of Elam and 3 other kings from other lands went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah and 3 other kings from other lands. For 12 years, the latter kings had been subject to K, but in the 13th year, they rebelled. In the 14th year, K and his 3 allies defeated 6 territories. Then, kings of Sodom, Gomorrah & their 3 other guys marched up, drew their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim, which was full of tar pits. When kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into the pits and the rest fled to the hills. K and his 3 seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah kings, including all their food, and left, but not before taking Lot and all his possessions with them. One of Lot’s people escaped and reported to A. A and 318 trained men born in his house went and rescued Lot, all his goods, possessions, women and people.
After A returned from defeating K and the other 3 kings, king of Sodom came out to meet with A in the Valley of Shaveh.
Melchizedek (our tongues are tying in knots trying to pronounce most of these names and cities), king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of God Most High and he blessed A. Then A gave him a 10th of everything.
The king of Sodom said to A, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” But A told Sodom that he’d promised God he’d accept nothing belonging to king of Sodom, so that Sodom would never be able to say ‘I made A rich.’
The word of the Lord came to A in a vision. A asked him what could he be given since he remains childless. My servant in my house will be my heir. The word of the Lord said (roughly) “Nope, your servant will not be your heir. You’ll have a son and also, your offspring will be countless as the stars.” A asked, “How can I know I’ll gain possession of this land?” The word of God said, “Bring me a heifer, goat and ram, each 3 years old and a dove and young pigeon.
A did this, cut them in halves and arranged the halves opposite each other. He didn’t cut the birds. As the sun was setting, A fell into a deep sleep. A thick, dreadful darkness came over him. God told him that A’s descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, will be enslaved and mistreated 400 years, but he’d punish the nation they serve as slaves and afterward, they’ll come out with great possessions, but you will die in peace at a ripe old age.
Once darkness fell, a smoking firepot with blazing torch appeared, passed between the pieces that A had laid out and God made a covenant with A, saying, “To your descendants I give this land . . .” (and he named the length of the lands).
Sarai, A’s wife, told A that since God had kept her from having children, she offered up her Egyptian maidservant (Hagar), that he should lay with her and perhaps start a family that way. A agreed, made Hagar his wife, laid with her and she became pregnant. Once Hagar was pregnant, she despised Sarai. Sarai blamed A for this, saying it was all his fault but A did not take the blame, saying she was Sarai’s servant and she needed to deal with it as she saw fit, so Sarai mistreated Hagar, and Hagar ran away. The angel of God came to Hagar and told her to go back and submit to Sarai, that her descendants would be increased and be too many to count. The angel told her that she’d soon have a son, name him Ishmael because the Lord has heard of her misery. Ishmael will be a wild man and he’ll live in hostility toward his brothers.
When A was 99, God told him he’d increase his numbers, he’d be a father of many nations and his name would be changed to Abraham. Kings would come from him. God wanted every male among A circumcised, including A, and it would be a sign of the covenant between God and A. Every male 8 days old will be circumcised, including those born in his house or bought with money from a foreigner – those not his offspring. Any uncircumcised male will be cut off from his people, he has broken God’s covenant. (I’m so happy to be a woman! ;))
God said, “Sarai shall be named Sarah and she will give you a son, she’ll be the mother of nations and kings of peoples will come from her.” A laughed and said (roughly), “I’m 100 and Sarah is 90. Seriously? If you could please bless Ishmael, that would be great.” God said, “The new son will be named Isaac, and, yes, I will bless Ishmael and he’ll father 12 rulers, but my covenant will be with Isaac whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”
On that day, A (99) took Ishmael (13), all the males born in the house and bought with his own money and circumcised them all as God told him, all on the same day.
That’s all folks! For tonight, anyway. C ya hear tomorrow with Genesis Chapters 18-20.
Later taters! 😉
Carol & Hallie