When all is said and done, just go back and read it!

Category: As it happened

Gen 17

by Steve

First interesting thing here is that God is not concerned with a persons age when it comes to requiring you to be faithful -never too old!

He then goes on to make the covenant with Abraham requiring circumcision as a reminder. Side note when you have boys in this day and age it certainly makes me wonder more than once if they should be circumcised or not?? Outstanding question I guess.


Gen 16

by Steve

This certainly is the strangest set of events when you think about it.
A wife gives her husband a slave to sleep with and then she gets pregnant – ok, and it is her idea. Then the slave thinks that she is a little better than what she really is, easy to see how that might happen, and a small war is started.

Suddenly the wife is totally against the idea and the slave is chased out.

I am sure is is presented here so that we can learn some very important lessons about woman!
1. Never be unfaithful to a woman even if it was her idea.
2. Never allow another woman to get even the perception of the upper hand on your wife.
3. Don’t underestimate the value of children to woman, they understand the value and may go to great lengths to do what they think is right with regards to them.

Gen 15

by Steve

Strangely enough the Lord still makes a covenant with Abram. The issue of children once again comes up. You will have descendants, but then the bad news. 400 years of suck. But never fear, they will return and end up where they were promised.

Gen 13

by Steve

The thing that stands out for me in this passage is the altar that is created between Abram and God.
What is this concept of altar and why is it so important?
It would seem that as he moves around he builds a new altar at every significant place, a marker between him and God. Perhaps something to remind him.

Gen 14

by Steve

Abram then has to go on to save Lot from some collateral damage really. Lot and his entire crew are swept up in someone else’s war and carried off in the process. Abram gets involved. He selects men and gets Lot and the people back. The other kings recognize that Abram has something special and acknowledges that God must be involved. They offer Abram goods and they keep the people but he is very careful to keep his eye on the ball and stands strong.

Gen 12

by Steve

Abram gets told by God to go, he goes. He is told to do this and that, he does. He is told that he is blessed and he responds with an alter and “calls on the name of the Lord” – be interesting to know what that really meant…. The calling bit.

Then the strange bit about the famine and having to go to Egypt, all good except a beautiful woman is involved, Sarai, Abrams wife. He tells here to lie gets rich, pharaoh gets rather sick, because he took here as his wife. Ouch. They all leave, with all the baggage … Good and bad!

Gen 11

by Steve

The tower of Babel.

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (Genesis 11:1 NIV)
So many things spring to mind, a common interface, common understanding etc.

So they move east and start construction using a different method – bricks instead of rocks, thus giving much better control over the process.

Build a city, make a name, to retain unity. Make a symbol, a tower to unite us.

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 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. (Genesis 11:1, 6 NIV)

I don’t understand why God thought this was a problem. Surely plans are good and building cities are good. It must be the derived consequences that are the problem….

The whole theory of just move the age out a decimal place is shattered here with the advent of people having sons in their 30-40s. They could not have had them when they were 3-4

But then they go on to live to 400 odd years old or more. Imagine

Gen 9 – 10

by Steve

We are no longer vegetarian! God now gives Noah and his family meat to eat and all the animals fear them.

He sets up the rainbow and the reason for it, never going to flood the earth again.
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” (Genesis 9:17 NIV)

All life on earth, not just the humans.

These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood. (Genesis 10:32 NIV)

How did they spread out over the earth?

Gen 6-8

by Steve

Noah – what a story really – full of questions I am.
God regrets even having made the earth and man. Strange if you are God to regret anything really.
But then he finds Noah and his regret is turned to relief almost that he has found someone that He can live with. And so the story of Noah starts….

Noah is a good guy, sticks to the plan and the rest of the world just does their own thing it would seem. So He tells Noah what he is going to do and gives him the way to survive. Amazing level of detail of the construction of the boat really, never mind the trust that Noah must have had to follow and build that thing before the rain started.

He gets all the animals in, and it would appear that he needed 7 pairs of the clean kinds and only a single pair of the unclean ones. He does the whole survive the flood thing and the interesting thing is that I was wondering how they got the animals onto the ark in the first place, but when you see the statement near the end of the start of chapter 9 it could start to make some sense…..

Gen 4-5

by Steve

This is that strange bit about how long people lived and who they were father too etc. it is hard to believe that people could have lived to almost 1000 years old! If you move a decimal point in and then look at the ages it seems a little more logical according to what we have around us today. Nobody would have lived to be older than 100 then.