- unfinished wooden trunk
- sand paper
- paint brush
- gold paint
- foam sticker letters
- gold coins
- embellishments (I used glass marbles)
- candy or other “treat” (ideally, chocolate gold coins if you can find them)
- hot (or low temp) glue gun
Well…fourth night in and we already goofed. Somehow we did the reading for January 16th – we should have read Job last night, so we’ll do that tonight. I’m just happy we’re still sticking with our plan.
Tonight’s readings focused on Abram, his nephew Lot, the war of the four kings, and the promise from God to Abram around his (many) future descendants. Our thoughts:
1. Gen.12: 11-20. I totally understood Abram wanting to save his own life, but was bothered by the fact that to do so he “let” his wife be taken in AS A WIFE to the Pharaoh. I can’t imagine what that must have emotionally been like to go through. There’s no mention of time, but it must have gone on for a while as the text mentions that the Lord struck the Pharaoh’s home with great plagues – note the plural of plagues – so there had to be enough time for multiple plagues to make their way through the home. I’d imagine some good couples counseling is needed once she is found to be his wife and they are escorted away! Actually, I was surprised they let Abram go unscathed. I would have figured the Pharaoh would have been *quite* angry at having been deceived and lied to – am genuinely surprised he was let go so easily (“they escorted him away, with his wife, and all that belonged to him.”).
2. Gen.13: 8-11. I like Abram (point above aside). He saw that there was unnecessary conflict between his tribe and that of his nephew, Lot, so he nicely told Lot they should split up – and that Lot could chose whatever direction he wanted to go in and he (Abram) would go in the opposite. Seriously, nice guy here. Lot wasn’t quite as nice – he chose the nicer area of the Jordan peninsula for himself. I did like how the Lord came back and, recognizing Abram’s goodness, gave him the promise of descendants.
3. Gen.14: 1-16. Admitting here we struggled with the reading. It’s funny…I’m sure this is really important information, but we found we are more enraptured by the “story” portions as opposed to the “who’s who” sections. It was interesting to note this was the first mention of a war that we’ve come across, so – since we’re reading this chronologically – this is the first war story ever written! That makes this “story” much more interesting. As for the story itself…it came out here once Lot was captured – and his amazing uncle Abram comes to rescue him. This wasn’t a superman solo-action-hero kind of rescue, either – Abram came with 318 of his trained men! That’s seriously an awesome uncle to have. It makes me sad to think of modern day when families are so spread apart that siblings barely see/know each other let alone nieces/nephews.
4. Gen.14: 20. Abram gave the king 10%. This must be where tithing comes from. Always wondered about that.
5. Gen.15: 9-11. I’m not sure why blood was requested as a sacrifice. Truly don’t understand this, and fail to see why animal sacrifice was directly requested by God. So…I turned to The Google and it turns out I’m not the first person to ask this question! “Why did God ask for animal sacrifice?” The first link that came up actually had a really interesting explanation. It said that most Israelites (or, in this case, Canaanites) were still susceptible to worshiping animals as the One True God hadn’t yet been fully…established, if you will. By having people sacrifice the very animals they used to worship, it ensured there wasn’t a tie/bond. Interesting perspective.
…and that’s where we end tonight.
Yeah! Second day into the readings and we did it. Seriously, minor celebration is warranted here.
Andy did the readings, and it was really special to just sit and *listen* to him read. I was most aware of the pauses he gave while reading…I could tell that this meant it was something interesting, or something new, or something that caught his attention when he read.
Our thoughts on the readings:
1. Gen 4:3-5. At first we didn’t understand why God was angry with Cain for bringing his offering based on his specialty (farming) just as Abel did, but then we reread and realized it was because Cain brought THE FRUIT OF THE GROUND. This made it more clear – he wasn’t offering or putting forth his best. Great lesson for the day, actually – always do and be your best!
2. Gen 4:15. God thinks tattoos were cool. He even gave Cain one. Sweet.
3. Gen 4:16-26. Again, here we saw all the references that appear to work to establish a place and time in history. Keeping this in mind when reading this really helps us focus on and read through this section.
4. Gen 5:4-32. The ages of everyone was interesting. Our take on it was that they were probably measuring time differently than we do today – after all, the Gregorian calendar that we use today wasn’t introduced until 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.
5. Gen 5:24. Interesting that Enoch isn’t spoken of as having died like the rest of his relatives…instead, he is reported to have “walked with God”. Is this like the assumption? Worth looking up in more detail.
6. Gen 6:2. Wondering what they mean by the “sons of God”. The way it reads, it sounds like the “sons” they’re referring to aren’t actually human sons but sons of a different sort. I went to the
expert Wikipedia, and it says that the sons of God are descendants from Seth whereas the “daughters” are descendants from Cain. Since they both came from Adam, I’m not sure why this is relevant.
7. Gen 6 & 7. The story of Noah. I love that a story can be true without being factual…as is the case here. I also love watching our little man play with his new Noah’s Ark set 🙂 Something about having the Old Testament on our coffee table is just awesome. Unpaid plug here – but Fischer Price, if you want to kick down an extra Ark, I have a bunch of friends I can give it to.
8. Gen 6:14. Gopher wood. Of course, my contractor husband zero’d in on this and we couldn’t figure out what *kind* of wood gopher wood is. We figured it must be something lightweight and rot resistant 🙂
9. Gen 7: What makes an animal or bird clean vs. unclean? We had to look this up. I think I’m now most intrigued on why the tradition of not eating unclean animals (i.e.: being kosher) went away for us. Anyone know why?
10. One thing we didn’t see in here was mention of the bird with the olive branch. I mean hey, even my son’s Noah playset has Noah holding a dove with an olive branch in its mouth. Maybe we’ll read about this tonight…
I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions (honestly, if you want to make a change, just do it whatever the date!), but we are using the change of the calendar to do something we’ve wanted to do for a long time…we are going to start (and hopefully finish!) reading the Bible together.
3. Gen 1:29 – Hmm…pointed out that I think we’re supposed to be vegetarians, as it’s specifically called out that: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed ; it shall be food for you”. My meat loving husband begs to differ.
So yes, it *is* a bit late to get a calendar out there…but this will be great for future reference! Hoping to get a jump on future months, though not sure if I’ll tie them in directly here or not.