Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Genesis 12

God promised Abram a great nation if he moved, so he set off with his wife, Sarai and nephew, Lot. When a famine struck, Sarai and Abram pretended to be brother and sister out of fear of how the Egyptians would react and their ruse worked well for them but not so for Pharaoh and his household who suffered serious diseases as a result. When he found out, Pharaoh sent Abram and his family away with all they had acquired while in Egypt.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Genesis 11

When the people began to move Eastward, they decided to make a tower out of brick and tar, but God saw that their ability to communicate meant nothing they planned would be impossible, so he confused their language, which is where we now get the word "babble", then scattered them abroad. Terah, Shem's great, great, great, great, great, great grandson, set out for Canaan with his Grandson, Lot, his son, Abram and Abram's wife, Sarai. However, they settled in Haran where Terah died at the age of 205

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Genesis 10

The sons of Japheth became known as the Japhethites, most notably was Javan whose children spread out by sea and formed communities with their own languages. The sons of Ham were known as the Hamites and their most famous son was Nimrod, the great hunter who founded Babylon. Semites are descendant from Shem including Peleg, Shem's great, great grandson who was so named because in his day the human race divided.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Genesis 9

God reminded everyone that all plants and animals were good for food with the caveat that they must not eat meat while it still has it's lifeblood in it which carries great significance since we will all be held accountable for what we do to one another as well as the animals. God asked everyone to replenish the Earth and made a promise not to destroy all life in a flood ever again, offering the rainbow as a recurring reminder of this promise. Then one day, Ham embarrassed his father in front of his older brothers making Noah so mad he cursed Ham's son, Cannan saying he would be a slave to his brothers.

Genesis 8

When the rain stopped, the wind blew and the water receded, but the arc drifted until July 17th when it ran aground at the top of Mt. Ararat. Noah sent out a bird once a week, first a raven then a dove, and when the dove didn't return, he knew there must have been dry ground in the area. On New Year's day Noah removed the roof of the arc, and on February 27th, the day everyone got off the arc, Noah built an alter to the Lord, burning several clean animals and birds, which smelled so good God said,

"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Genesis 7

A week before the rain started, God revised the animal count upward to include 7 pair of every bird and clean animal. On February 17, at the age of 600, Noah took his family into the arc with the animals. The rain continued for 40 days, causing a flood that rose 20 feet above the highest mountain and would last a total of 150 days.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Genesis 6

When the Earth's population began to grow, God reduced the normal life span to a maximum of 120 years. However, people were violent and evil, so then God decided to destroy every living thing on the planet, but He warned Noah of His plan and told him to build an arc designed to rescue his family along with a male and female of each species of animal.

So he did.