i have to say that our bible reading have slowed down rather significantly and we cannot actually catch up to the pace we wanted to at first.
but i would like to call out to members of this blog to devote some time to the Lord everyday..some in the morning maybe but definitely spend sometime reading the bible at night (:
devoting an hour everyday is much less than what we should (1/10 of a day) but it is a good habit we should build up that everynight we spend time with God and reading His word.
Me being somewhat a firstimer reading the bible has found the book of genesis rather disturbing..i will talk about that later
the beginning of the book talked about creation of mankind and the Earth and how mankind was cheated to eat the forbidden fruit.for this sin man had to die.
the first murder was then occured and Abel was the first man to die.He died because of jealousy.. an evil thing all of us have.. jealousy.. evil and powerful..if we do not stay close to God.. jealousy and sin can blind us.
Methuselah was probably the oldest man ever lived.969 yrs old. imagine we lived THAT LONG. haha..what will our lives be like.. hmm..
Enoch was the first man God took away for he walked with Him..he lived 365 yrs before he was not.
afther that.. evil manifested and the world became so unpleasant to the Lord that he decided to destroy the Earth accept for Noah and his family along with other animals.then came the story of Noah's ark which is an act of great faith.
after the flood came the covenant of the rainbow.."Genesis 9: 13I do set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud.15And I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh."for this i have a question.He promised not to destroy us with water anymore,but he can easily find another method to destroy us so what is the purpose of this covenant..or what he meant was that he will never destroy every creature again?
i also found something puzzling in
genesis 9.21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father's nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
"Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers."
i do not understand why Noah cursed Canaan as i do not see what he had done to Noah.haha..maybe im too blur.
Then came the tower of Babel.. something im puzzled about too.do the Lord really have to confuse the languages of the people and scatter them.. is it really possible for people if they all speak the same language to do ANYTHING?... so it is actually possible to built a tower to reach to the heavens??!!.. very interesting concept..maybe i misunderstood this.haha.
ok.. then the disturbing part comes in.. is it like a trend in the past that if u cannot concieve u send yr maid to lay with yr husband so that you can have a child.. its a veri weird thing to do in my opinion
the next disturbing part.
3 But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. Lot prepared a feast for them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast, and they ate. 4 But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house. 5 They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!”
6 So Lot stepped outside to talk to them, shutting the door behind him. 7 “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish. But please, leave these men alone, for they are my guests and are under my protection.”
is not giving away his 2 virgin daughters to the people an wicked thing too? or is he supposed to do that.. imagine yr father is willing to give u away to strangers who will do harm to u.. disturbing thought indeed.
after this sodom was destroyed for it was such an wicked city.
ANOTHER DISTURBING ISSUE. Lot and his daughters.. the daughters made the father drunk and had sex with the father.. isn't it something very wrong.and why did Lot drink until he was drunk? what is the message these verses is trying to bring out.. do not be drunk?..
after this came the test of abraham's faith.. im not sure what the Lord did this for it is a very very painful thing to do.. to sacrifice yr most loved one.. who will do that.. Abraham is a man of great faith.. but i do not understand why God had to do that.Abraham probably didnt too.. but he followed.. so let us thing if such a test was brought to us.. will we follow God's command.. i have to say that i will not have such faith and courage to bring myself to do such a thing..
the story of Esau and Jacob also makes it a veri contorted and somewhat corrupted one since Jacob being such a scheming n cunning person is allowed to have blessings and all.in genesis 30 came again the trend of sending their maids to the husband to concieve children.
so anyway thats the summary of my confusions about genesis..
the stories of faith and miracles are inspirational and i dun think i need to write much about that..
so ppl.. pls finish up genesis and read exodus. (:
hopefully by this week?
haha.. Pls help me find answers to these queries.. thanks.