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Monday, April 17, 2006

Genesis 11:10-32

3R’s (Relax, Read and Reflect)
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
From Shem to Abram
10 This is the account of Shem. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father [
a] of Arphaxad. 11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.
12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. [
b]
14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.
16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
27 This is the account of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of
Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.
31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.
These passages trace the ancestry from Shem to Abram. Remember that Ham was cursed by what he did in dis-respecting his father, Noah. But Shem was to be blessed. From his line the Hebrew nation would come, and Abram was the father of that nation We see that there is a solid genealogical line from Shem to Abram, so this story must have been repeated a lot in the ancient times.
Abram was born in Ur of the Chaldeans. This was a very important city in the ancient world. A lot of archeological discoveries have shown that this was one of the first major metropolitan areas with a flourishing trade and real social structure. For some reason, (the Bible does not say,) Abram’s father took part of his family and left for Canaan, but only made it as far as Haran. Why stop half way? Who knows. However, it did not stop God’s call for Abram. This was just a transitional period, ( kind of like college?) He patiently waited for God and prepared. Shouldn’t we do the same?
Prayer- Lord, be with me as in my transitional periods. Help me be patient and always listen for your call. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

Things to do today- Read Genesis 12:1-8

1 Comments:

Blogger Danielle said...

I love how you stated the verse being abrams,"transitional period." I never really thought of it being like us starting college and it really is. We really do need to seek God through our transitions. He already knows our future!

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