Posted by: Joan | September 21, 2007

Read the Bible in 90 Days (day 1B Gen 6-16 )

Genesis

Ch. 6:  …amongst everyone else who…every inclination of their heart was only evil, all the time, there was

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless…he walked with God.”

 Noadic Covenant:  build and enter ark, be saved from flood.  Note, Noah took seven of every clean animal, two of every “unclean” animal (according to the law).  These “extra” were used for sacrifices while they were on board.

Ch 7 

*Everything on DRY LAND that had the breath of life in it’s nostrils died.  This was when it was of advantage to be a fish.

Ch. 8  “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animal and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” 

NOTE:  Noah still did not leave the ark aver the dove did not come back (for it had found a place of land to land upon), he waited for the voice and direction of God.  After God had destroyed all mankind, this was a good move on Noah’s part.  This is what we would call the FEAR OF GOD.  (vs. 15, “God said, ‘Come out of the ark…”)

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and sacrificed, and the Lord smelled the sweet aroma and said in his heart, “I’ll never again flood the WHOLE earth.”

Ch 9

God blessed Noah and his sons telling them to be fruitful and multiply, and gave them authority over living things.  He also authorized them to eat meat for food at this time–meat that had it’s blood cooked thoroughly.  (Do you think they were anemic after their long time at sea and needed the meat for iron?  Just a thought.   Hmmmm…)

Rainbow promise AS A SIGN OF REMEMBRANCE TO REMIND GOD HIMSELF of his promise never again to flood the whole earth.  

Ch 9  Noah drinks of the wine of his vineyard, gets drunk, one son makes fun of him, the other two cover him.  The later two are blessed, and the first cursed. 

Ch10 

Nimrod:  Mighty warrior on the earth.  Mighty hunter before the Lord.   

The centers of his kingdom were vast.  (later, some of these cities were enemies of Israel, i.e. Babylon)  Also, Canaan, Sodom, Gomorrah.  We hear of them soon.

Ch.11 Tower of Babel

“vs. 5 “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were bulding.  The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come let US (Trinity still intact, aware of each element “us”) go down…” 

God seems to realize men were getting too “smart” for their own good.  He separated the “energetic boys in the classroom” to opposite sides of the room, figuratively speaking–for everyone’s good, to keep peace.

Next, we have men having babies “earlier” in life:  30s, on average.  Life spans are a bit shorter than before, as spoken of by God ch 6.  (God seems to be doing this gradually, taking the max of life down to 120 yrs., until the earth was more populated, he left life spans longer so that they could “multiply”).

11:27, Abraham’s lineage begins, and we see his relation to Lot.

Ch 12  Abrahamic Covenant

Famine

“Sister”  Sarai WAS ACTUALLY his step sister (see 20:11), I don’t guess I’d read that until today.  She he wasn’t ACTUALLY lying outright.  (Later, I read today that his son Isaac follows suit, saying HIS wife is also HIS sister when he was afraid.  (see 27:7)

Interesting to me how Sarai came under God’s full protection as well.  He was very much interested in her well-being, though Abraham is more in the spotlight of God’s calling as a leader.  Every time she defers to Abraham’s wishes and it puts her in harms way…God protects her.  God even dealt with Abraham according to his promise, even when Abraham seemed wrong.  See 12:2  “you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.  And all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you”.  So, God just kept his hand on them, even when they seemed slightly off base or prone to fear.   Interesting.

Ch. 13  Abraham and Lot separate; Lot takes the “greener pasture”, but actually, it turns out to be a temporary situation for him, for it is also where Sodom and Gomorrah were.

Abraham was gracious to let him choose, God blessed his land, and Abraham even rescued Lot (ch 14) several times for getting mixed in bad situations.  He was a great uncle to have!

vs 8, Abraham calls Lot “brother”, and puts a stop to quarreling over land resources between their servants.

Ch 14…rescue of Lot and family and goods from four kings, with God’s help (and some strategic tar pits!)

The King of Sodom wants to reward Abraham with booty from the rescue.  Abraham refuses his share, not wanting anyone to perceive his goods can from there. 

We see the appearance of “Melchizedek”, not found in any priestly lineage, See Heb. 7:1, 11, Ps. 110:4).  Christ was a “priest in the order of Melchizedek”, appearing out of nowhere, seemingly, also.  Melchizedek was both king and priest.  My NIV Bible says these duties, outside Israel, were often combined.  I was taught once, however, that the priest was perhaps a pre-from of Christ , mentioned nowhere else in any other lineage, as priests were supposed to be.  Interesting to follow up on.  Abraham offered up 1/10 of his spoils, even though he took none of the spoils.  Interesting also.

I think it is interesting that the next verse after Abr. refusing the spoils is

“Do not be afraid, Abram. 

I am your shield,

your very great reward.” 

Then, Abraham questioned God, for he had no children.  The Lord affirmed his plan for Abr. with stars. 

Then, a dream, and SOME BAD NEWS:  captivity of Israel prophecied (400 yrs.), but You will not have to go through that, Abr.   Altar, fire between the halves of offerings, supernatural.

Ch. 16  Hagar and Ishmael

This story unfolding is fascinating.  For again, when Abraham seems to be making some “flesh” decisions and choices from some questionable counsel, God seems to keep watching his heart and making a way.  He promises Ishmael will also be the father of nations, will prosper, and lead…though in another place, he tells Hagar that he will also always be at hostility with his brothers (16:12).  God never loses sight of the fact that Abraham had a soft place in his heart for Ishmael as well. 

A pattern emerges of God speaking both dreams to inspire, and hard prophecies together, even in hard time for people who felt like giving up.  God’s plan and vision for their lives still inspired them to go on,  even when he was honest that everything was not going to be a bed of roses.  God didn’t keep the truth from people who were discouraged, but he did encourage them FIRST.  (v. 11-12)

Hagar gave this name to God in the desert, after she had run from Sarai, “You Are the God Who Sees Me”  (v13)

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