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4th Genesis

Drama drama drama! This is turning into a facinating Biblical soap opera.  I read from chapter 24 stopping at chapter 32 today on the train to and from work.  Is it just me or are these chapters getting longer?  Now, each chapter holds enough drama to need a commercial break therafter.  So, I began at the account of Isaac and Rebekah….it’s clear that marrying your family members was the thing to do during those times.  Finding and bringing back Rebekah was a chapter in itself but I was confused on whether Abraham’s servant indeed traveled alone or with men.  It implies that he went alone since God spoke to only him telling him to go but then, throughout this account, they mention his “men” who were with him.  Where did they come from?! Thin air??

Abraham dies but not before having another tribe of kids.  It even said Ishmael and Isaac buried him.  So the brothers are cool now?  On speaking terms?  Or was it just Sarah who was trippin?  Question: why are sons so significant?  I get they carry on the family name but everyone is sleeping with everyone and God is blessing each 1st born so why come??  Your name is siginificant because of God & His blessing(s)….not because of some raggedy lil boy.  And how are all these women poppin out boy after boy after boy?  Did they have girls but mentioned them as an afterthought if they were mentioned at all?  Ishmael eventually dies and I read about his lineage who, they say, lived in hostility toward each other for whatever reason.  I swear….Ishmael can’t pay to get some Bible time.  He gets maybe a whole paragraph and we’re back to talking about Isaac.  Next we have the birth of Jacob & Esau and the foreshadowing of their fate when God speaks to Rebekah about them both fighting in womb although the Bible uses the cute word “jostled”.  Ok, so Esau was clearly the strong one physically but the weaker one mentally although being deceitful isn’t a favorable trait either.  Then we have another “she’s my sister” lie being told but the interesting thing was what the King is noted as saying.  He said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”  I know a sin is a sin but I don’t think these folks got that memo since sleeping with someone’s wife takes a harsher punishment and weighs heavily on their conscious than lying, cheating, or possibly stealing is given little thought.  Admirable but perplexing.

Another observation: those whom God did not speak directly to or even those He spoke to just to get His mission accomplished, all referred to Him as “the God of Abraham & Isaac”.  So, who is their God?  Is He only Abraham’s God so no one else can lay claim to Him?  Clearly they believed in God for Him to a) speak to them, b) for them to follow him in complete faith and possibly fear, and c) admit they see God has blessed those He promised to.  Why is God just the God of Abraham, Isaac, and later Jacob?  Why isn’t he just everyone’s God?  Does He have to first call for them before they have “claiming” rights?  Just the possessive nature of the wording is weird.  The God of Abraham.  Hello?!?!  He’s the God of me too!!!  Jacob steals Esau’s blessing.  How conveninent that the women (thus far) are major bytches!  Why Eve gotta be hardheaded and foolish??  Why Sarah gotta do shyt her way in her own time??  WhyRebekah gotta play favoritism and make sure her fav child gets the divine hook-up by plotting and scheming??  And why did Rachel allow jealousy to cause her to commit a “Sarah”?!  These women are either majorly ruthless or someone is painting a nicely inaccurate picture of women in general.  Could all the women be this evil?  Could this all be apart of God’s plan?  I don’t know but I’m tired of turning the page and wanting to cuss a chick out for doing something stupid!  The nerve of Rebekah!!  She was smart though (if this is a true account) because she covered every possible issue but Isaac knew deep down.  He had to have known.  This fool didn’t disguise his voice so I don’t care what you feel and smell like.  Pure luxury to speak it into existence something knowing God will honor whatever blessing you give. 

The first Biblical love story with all the Titanic-esque moments.  Boy meets girl.  Girl is being Mz.Independent tending her sheep.  Boy falls for girl.  Boy does not care ole girl is literally his 1st or 2nd cousin.  Boy works to earn hand of girl in marriage but not before running up in her sister real quick.  Boy stares irony in the face when he finds his self deceived **insert evil laugh** and must work again for same hand in marriage.  Boy marries girl (finally) but ole girl can’t get preggers.  What’s a man to do?!  What’s a woman to do?!  Man has a tribe of kids with the love-of-his-life’s sister and the love-of-his-life lets her maidservant sex her husband just for a child of her own out of pure jealousy.  Drama drama drama!  I tell ya one thing…..these people do not think.  They think long enough to get what they desire never thinking about the long term effects of their decisions.  How on earth is another chick having your husband’s baby the same as you having one for him??  Then the Bible says “God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb”.  Clearly, she must have been praying to “Abraham’s God” and God allowed her to finally have her own child.  See what patience can do for you?  She never stopped praying about the issue but she refused to let it go.  I like how they name off each and every son Jacob has but then says Dinah came “some time later”.  Afterthought.  Yeah, she had a girl….whatever!  Yet another question: was Leah blind?  The Bible says Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see.  Then it says Leah had weak eyes but Racheal was lovely in form and beautiful.  Same word used to describe eyes but for two different meanings?  The context seems to suggest that but it’s misleading for anyone who scrutinizes every single word written (i.e. me).

Last chapter is more drama drama drama!  Jacob comes out on top (of course) and he has many things, lots of livestock, enough kids populate another planet, and other riches.  How are these men choosen?  Abraham started out noble and upright and kinda went downhill after God chose him.  Every man since then has been more sinister and cunning than the last.  But they are blessed no matter what.  Blessed for following God.  Maybe there is some truth to those prosperity teachings.  Not a lot but some.  As long as you don’t sleep with someone else’s wife you cool.  Listen to and follow God.  Build God an altar where He speaks to you or shows you a vision.  And you will live out the rest of your life with no real problems.  Even if you cheat someone out of their blessing then you are still entitled to it although it wasn’t meant for you originally.  Must have been an awesome time to live in.  Must have.

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January 5, 2010 Posted by | God | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

3rd Genesis

I think I left off at the account of Abram.  This is from chapter 12 to chapter 23.  So, I have heard most of these stories before so I didn’t really read anything surprising but, me being me, I felt confused on certain parts and had questions.  From day one, it talks about God calling Abram but, throughout these chapters, Abram is kinda shady using his wife to acquire things from Kings whose lands they pass along the way.  He does it repeatedly to the point that I wondered why God even chose him, how Sarai could go ahead with being pimped out for Abram’s needs, and why God threatened to harm the Kings and not Abram when they didn’t know.  Later, I find out that Sarah (name has been changed by now) actually is Abraham’s (name has been changed by now) sister…the daughter of Abraham’s father but to a different mother.  So, technically speaking, Abraham was not lying but, truthfully, why did he have to pimp her out like that?  The last account, the King hadn’t touched her and this is when Abraham admits he wanted to see if the King had the fear of God in him.  Who are you to be testing folks?!  No where in the Bible did God give the ok to Abraham to test these Kings esp when God is recorded as speaking to Abraham quite often.  Why leave that tidbit out?!  Then Abraham tells Sarah (at least in my version), that this is how she can show her love for him.  Sounds like crap some stupid men say now, “if you love me you’ll blah blah blah”.  What about if you love her??  Then God does not reprimand Abraham.  He gets mad at the Kings whether they touched Sarah or not.  Never at Abraham which leads me to believe that either the documentation is faulty here so maybe there was dialogue but it wasn’t captured which opens the door for the next thought that maybe other stuff was not documented.  Or, maybe it makes no sense period and it is what it is.  Fair and just God?  It does not add up in my opinion. 

Hagar, Ishmael, and Sarah….yeah, stupid decision and the everlasting result of that stupid decision on Sarah’s part.  Your husband already pimped you out and now you freely give him a woman to have his child.  Great!  I personally see nothing confusing or wrong with Hagar or Ishmael.  I did make sure I read and understood that God indeed said He’d bless Ishmael and his descendants not wanting to make him pay for a mistake he had no hand in even having it stated in the Bible that God was with him as he grew up and didn’t leave him to die in the desert.  But, it’s clearly reiterated more than once that God says he shall establish His covenant with Isaac….not Ishmael.  According to the accurate documentation of Moses (sarcasm), God never once left or forgot about Ishmael.  He just was not the one God intended to be apart of the covenant.  Here the line is clearly drawn in the cement.

Majorly confused area: chapter 18 which talks about the 3 visitors.  Who are they?  From the way the chapter is written, I assumed they were regular men who randomly showed up at Abraham’s house but God begins to talk to them in this chapter and to Abraham as well so now I think they were likely angels.  One time God asked them if he should tell Abraham what he planned to do to Sodom as if these men have already been briefed on the situation and needed to catch Abraham up.  Who would know before God’s chosen man but angels?  Then, at end of chapter 18 it says the men went toward Sodom while Abraham stayed and chit chatted with God but, at the beginning of chapter 19, it says the two angels arrived at Sodom as if their presence was a continuation.  So, assumption being made here, there were 2 angels and God which made up the 3 visitors….sounds good?  And Abraham is said to have spoken to them as “my lord”…I’m sure that wasn’t gonna fly with any regular man off the streets.  Funny part of chapter 18: Sarah trying to lie to God.  “I didn’t laugh” – Sarah “Yes, you did” -God.  Second funny part of chapter 18, Abraham asking God all these questions about what if there are righteous folks in Sodom shall they die with the wicked.  My irritation was when he asked like 6 questions but could have hit 2 birds with one stone if he’d just worded that one question correctly to cover all bases.  “So, if they are any righteous folks in Sodom will you kill them along with the wicked no matter how many righteous folks there are?”  See how easy that was!  But, noooooooo, Abraham sounded like a 4 yr old just rambling off questions with no end in sight.  God was being really patient which means He can’t be irritated yet with my more literal and properly worded questions 🙂

Lot and his daughters.  Men in the Bible seem so stupid and easily manipulative at times.  How many stories are there in the Bible of a man being taken advantage of by a woman?  I am sure carrying on the family name was imperative back in those days but it’s a good thing that importance stayed in those days esp if sleeping with my daddy was the only option available to me.  Treaty at Beersheba.  Read it, understand it, but not sure of its importance.  Maybe it’s something to be referenced later.  Abraham is tested….we all know the story of him being asked to sacrifice his son Isaac and an angel of God stopping him right before he kills him and instead offers a ram in a nearby bush as a sacrifice sparing Isaac’s life and showing Abraham’s loyalty & obedience to God.  Chapter 23 ends with Sarah dying so I shall pick back up with Rebekah & Isaac.  This book might be 5 separate parts since I am reading in small sections.  I got one of my books in the mail for my class.  It’s called Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be – A Breviary of Sin.  I flipped through the pages but have no idea what it’s actually about.  I’ll try reading it although it looks to be waaaaaay over my head but it’s a required reading for this intro class on sin & salvation.  Ugh!  Aight….hasta luego folks.

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