Friday, August 19, 2011

day four- Bible in a Year

today's readingGENESIS 11:1-26, 1CHRONICLES 1:24-27, GENESIS 11:27-31, GENESIS 12:1-14:24

Thoughts on today's passages:

  • Genesis 11 6And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have [a]all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. - I wonder how close we are to something like this again, with how 'easy' it is to share information. This may refer to something deeper than just physical language, as even if the same idea is shared, there are so many different ways it is interpreted?... 
  • footnote: Genesis 11:28 Abram's home town was Ur of the Chaldees. As the result of extensive archaeological excavations there by C. Leonard Woolley in 1922-34, a great deal is known about Abram's background. Space will not permit more than a glimpse at excavated Ur, but a few items will show the high state of civilization. The entire house of the average middle-class person had from ten to twenty rooms and measured forty to fifty-two feet; the lower floor was for servants, the upper floor for the family, with five rooms for their use; additionally, there was a guest chamber and a lavatory reserved for visitors, and a private chapel. A school was found and what the students studied was shown by the clay tablets discovered there. In the days of Abram the pupils had reading, writing, and arithmetic as today. They learned the multiplication and division tables and even worked at square and cube root. A bill of lading of about 2040 B.C. (about the era in which Abram is believed to have lived) showed that the commerce of that time was far-reaching. Even the name "Abraham" has been found on the excavated clay tablets (J.P. Free, Archaeology and Bible History). - I haven't pictured this era as 'knowledgeable' before, but I'm starting to think the 'caveman' idea is less and less fitting to early civilization.
  • Genesis 12 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. -may it be so for me and my family Lord :)
  • in Genesis 12, even Abram doubted God by saying Sarai was his sister? footnote: Genesis 12:13 Sarai was Abraham's half sister. They had the same father, but different mothers (Gen. 20:12). - ahhh...
  •  i always pictured this time period as 'lesser/easier/nicer' than now, but I'm realizing the society then was very much the same as today in a lot of ways, people have always had the same struggles/ideas/forward motion. I wonder if it was the same, maybe even 'further along' in some ways, before the flood of Noah's day...

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