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Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen — July 14, 2017

Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen

Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen

In Genesis chapter 13, Abram and Lot had to decide how they were going to part ways. Abram decides to have the land of Canaan while Lot parted to the lands east of Canaan in the Plain. Abram and Lot seemed to have issues with how they were going to decide on which lands to part to since they both had large groups of cattle. This was all due to the quarreling among the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. Chapter 13 states that וַֽיְהִי־רִ֗יב בֵּ֚ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵֽה־אַבְרָ֔ם וּבֵ֖ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵה־ל֑וֹט וְהַֽכְּנַעֲנִי֙ וְהַפְּרִזִּ֔י אָ֖ז יֹשֵׁ֥ב בָּאָֽרֶץ׃—The Canaanites and Perizzites were then dwelling in the land.— Thus, Abram makes the proposal to go separate ways in that he says to Lot that since there is an issue between the herdsmen, let them depart and go to wherever they decide to go…and Lot agreed. Additionally, Abram makes an altar for the LORD in that chapter.

What an interesting story from Genesis this one is. Obviously, day to day work seems to be stirred with many different peoples ideas of what is best for everyone else. In addition the LORD speaks up to Abram and says words that hopefully are good but based upon what your interpretation of the verse as good would mean. So if a calf spoke then hopefully the calf would say that the calf is grazing and eating much grasses. In the case of Abram, Abram was blessed with so much possessions that one could either say it was all luck or that Abram really worked for so many possessions. Take for instance the people with billionaire money. Was it luck to produce something that got them billions or was it pure work? In the case of Abram, all you know is that Abram was either a guy or man who had a lot of silver and possessions and who was inundated with cattle. Obviously the LORD was on the side of Abram when he spoke of the decree to make Abram’s descendants numerous.

In that chapter of Genesis, the LORD spoke up to Abram in order to let him know that Abram would hopefully have numerous descendants. Since Abram possessed so much  cattle and silver, is it any wonder what the LORD was saying to Abram? If the LORD had controversy with the splitting of ways between Abram and Lot then it might have been told to Abram. For instance, LORD knowingly could have said band together with Lot and become one people. Instead, the scenario was that since herdsmen of cattle had controversy, Lot took his possessions to the Plain while Abram possessed Canaan. An idea in chapter 13 is that it portrayed Abram as a very blessed guy who had numerous possessions. It was by the LORD who spoke up to let him be aware that the LORD had in mind to fulfill a promise to make Abram’s descendants numerous. Chapter 13 also provides you with an overarching portrayal of controversies between groups.

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Covenant between God and all that is living —

Covenant between God and all that is living

Genesis – God and Noah

Genesis 6 begins with the statement that the divine ones took wives from among the daughters that pleased them. In this chapter, you also have the reference to H’Nfilim [Nephilim] who appeared on earth during that time and later – they appeared on earth when the divine ones were cohabiting with those daughters of men. The Nephilim were considered heroes.

During that time, Noah found favor with God and is told to stay in the ark while the floodgates open and the creatures on earth “perish” due to the rain and flood. Noah had three sons [Shem, Ham, and Japheth] that were given the task to also stay in the ark during the flood. Noah is also given the task from God to shut all the beasts of the earth inside the ark – the creatures ranged from birds, cattle, and two of every kind that had the breath of life within them and were clean.

If you are ever in the situation where a storm comes, you are not alone. During Noah’s flood that Noah stayed in the ark for…it is stated that the rain and floodgates opened for 40 days and 40 nights. The Holy One then makes the statement that never again will the creatures of earth be destroyed through a flood nor will mankind and creatures of God be completely destroyed. God makes the covenant with Noah and all living creatures that never again will there be a flood to destroy all flesh and that God’s bow is set in the clouds as a sign to remember the covenant between God and all flesh.

Curses from the garden —

Curses from the garden

The curses from the garden

As a part of the creation story in Genesis, the LORD God lets mankind know what the issues are that probably most of you go through. Each individual in Genesis chapter 3 is given a curse that each distinct individual has to handle throughout their lifetime. Three main characters are present in the garden story and then there is the LORD God who charges the individual mankind with separate criteria. It is important to note in Genesis 3 that one individual is the serpent – in other words the man that talks to the woman about the tree in the garden. The other two individuals are the woman, as noted above, and Adam.

In this part of the creation story [Genesis chapter 3], the serpent was considered a wild beast. In that part, the serpent asked the woman whether or not God really said not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. The woman’s reply is that she was told she would die if she ate from or even touched the tree in the middle of the garden. The woman partook in the fruit from the tree because of the wisdom that the tree provided. The woman also gave some of the fruit to her husband. Then the curses are set forth by the LORD God.

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God in Creation [Genesis 1-3] — July 10, 2017

God in Creation [Genesis 1-3]

As a part of creation it is probably right to notice that there is an expanse between people. In Genesis, it is written that waters are separated from waters. Do any of you wonder if there is a separation between living creatures or is everything wild? God created every living creature that moves here. So it all seems to be about man even though the creatures such as cattle, creeping things, and even wild beasts are considered in the opening chapter of Genesis. Once man is created and with the blessing of God, man is given the task of ruling over the living creatures and is given the entire earth and today there is even the separation of people within geographic boundaries. Genesis 1:28 states וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ אֹתָם֮ אֱלֹהִים֒ וַיֹּ֨אמֶר לָהֶ֜ם אֱלֹהִ֗ים פְּר֥וּ וּרְב֛וּ וּמִלְא֥וּ אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ וְכִבְשֻׁ֑הָ וּרְד֞וּ בִּדְגַ֤ת הַיָּם֙ וּבְע֣וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וּבְכָל־חַיָּ֖ה הָֽרֹמֶ֥שֶׂת עַל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.”

The next part of the creation story opens with LORD God who made the earth and heaven. So here you have God as a master over man and all the living creatures of the earth. However, If there was ever one to know what the troubles of mankind are then it is God. Of course God is such that God is master over heaven and earth. So in that part of Genesis, God is given a title of LORD God. This might be the confusing part for whether or LORD God is God who began to create and then finished the earth and heaven and all its array. So if you take LORD God as a title of God in that part of the creation story, then that is the best way to start getting knowledgeable about LORD God who is in center in opening Genesis. In this part of creation, men have been created but there is the problem of the desire or moreover the will of men to good or bad. LORD God gives the command to man to eat but not everything.

And finally in the third chapter of Genesis, the narrative turns to man partaking in the desirable fruit from the middle of the garden. So in that section the eyes of the man and woman are opened and they hide from the LORD God who was walking in the garden during the DAYTIME!

Prophecy in Genesis — May 21, 2017
Genesis 1:1-5 — May 20, 2017

Genesis 1:1-5

I am going over a couple of translations from scripture. I am starting with the sefaria.org Hebrew English transliteration version of Genesis 1, and I am working on several translations from Strong’s King James Version, Institute for Scripture Research, Orthodox Jewish Version, and Jubilee 2000 version possibly among others. It is probably good to find the closest to the original version as possible and the sefaria.org Genesis is probably closest to the origins of the ancient writings. Below, I post some scripture and write about the key topics and anything that ignites the flame of creativity when it comes to the godly book of the near east. I might also use commentary from Rashi to usher in more ideas.

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Genesis 2:4-7 —