Genesis 14

War of the Kings

Before we start the business of looking at this chapter, I want us to have some perspective. We have Noah disembarking from the ark at the end of the flood and his family spreading. Without fear of contradiction, if the bible story is to be believed, the earth at this point in time is populated by Noah’s family, so unless a plausible explanation is proffered, we take it that the kings mentioned in this chapter, lived in a place where the flood did not reach. If this true, then we can stretch it further and say that they were created by a different skygod.

14 V1-3 is a report of the kings involved in a war i don’t know it’s purpose or source.

From V4 we have the progress of the wars and at the end we have Lot taken as spoils of war at V12

13 Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew[Why call him Abram the Hebrew? So far we know of only one Abram, why does this scribe have to give him a tribe?]. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were  allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative[did he not know that it’s his nephew?] had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan[Abram’s family are herdsmen and are 300m in number, how will they pursue and fight 4 armies of trained horsemen and soldiers or is this a comic? Since there is no mention of Abram’s god intervening, we can safely assume the scribe misinterpreted facts as told him by god or he created his own story]. 15  He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people[just a minute, are the possessions more important than the women and the people(slaves)?].

God’s Promise to Abram

17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 AndMelchizedek king of Salem[we will meet this guy later in the NT in Hebrews, so please keep that in mind] brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High[this must be taken there are other gods but Abram’s god is most high]. 19 He blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,

Melchizedeck blessing Abram

Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

He gave him a tenth of all[now you know why the pastor is always asking for a 1/10th of your earnings]. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High,  possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share[pause, a few chapters earlier, Abe pimped his wife for goats, slaves and donkeys. Now he is being given the same for free and he is declining to accept. Has something changed or has he just come to the realization that the first act was improper. The jury is out. I await your verdict].”

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Genesis 13

Abram and Lot

13 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold[proceeds from pimping].He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together

Lot and his flock

 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land[ family strife between father of faith and his nephew? Couldn’t they just find a way to live in peace or is there something we are not being told].

 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers[how much livestock and slaves did these two families own to the point they could not stay together amicably?]. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the  valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. 11 So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord [Now lets pose a while. A few chapters back every living thing was destroyed in a flood from most high, so where do the wicked people in Sodom come from? Every one on earth at this point in time is Noah’s descendant. Unless there are people who survived the flood or there were other people in existence not of Noah’s ancestry!]

14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “ Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15  for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever[why wait for Lot to leave? Does this God have preferential treatment? Is he just Abram’s God alone or is it the God of everyone?]. 16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered[ where will all this people stand?]. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the  oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord [Enough said, but just a thought, what material were they using to make their tents?].

 

Genesis 12

Abram Journeys to Egypt

It is perhaps better to start this chapter with an apology. In looking at the previous chapter, I left out a very important part, and that is Abram’s plot. Since I don’t intend to revise the whole chapter here, I will just mention what for my purposes I find as important. Abram is married to Sarai who is his father’s daughter, did I confuse you? No, I meant to say he is married to his sister and there migration from Ur, the land of the Chaldeans. Here you will find a more historical analysis of the passages and place names than I can be able to do. Now that we have that information behind us, we will move straight to chapter 12, if you allow me. Thank you very much.

12 Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go forth from your country,

Abram’s departure

And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so  you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse[Is it only me, but i think this god has a propensity to cursing people or things].
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons[so here we have the first slave owner and driver] which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan.

Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “ To your descendants I will give this land[this land belongs to someone else, why give it to Abram? can’t he just relocate him somewhere else? This has been the reason for the loss of so many Palestinian lives and a few Israelis. Can’t we just find a way to coexist in peace?].” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel[ for those who are not conversant with god-talk, el here is a reference to god, Bethel means house of el.], and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.

10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife/sister, “See now, I know that you are a  beautiful woman;12  and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live[Why would they want to kill him? Something fishy is in the works, I will not spoil the fun for you though].

13 Please say that you are my sister[which is not far from the truth] so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you[what does she gain from his being alive].”

14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and  gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels[ the father of faith is also the first pimp or should i say the great pimp? Pimps his wife/sister for slaves, donkeys and camels].

17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues[why not punish the real culprit here, Abram, for deceiving the Pharaoh? What type of justice does this God give?] because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “ What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.[Enough said]

Genesis 11

UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, BABEL, CONFUSION

11 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words[In chapter 10 v20 These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, by their nations. What has happened to these languages or the scribe was not aware of the previous chapter?]

It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there[ All migration from the garden have been eastward? I already asked how far east of east will they be going until they start going west?].

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They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth[I will digress a bit here and ask you dear reader to look at the story of the Ziggurat].”

 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built[As i have asked elsewhere, is he still omnipresent and omniscient? If yes, why has he to come?]. The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have  the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them[So did he think if man tried to do something, they would not succeed? How did he view his special creation as creationists would want us believe]. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language[why would the gods do this? and how many are they?], so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth[Nuff said, are the gods full of malice?].

DESCENDANTS OF SHEM

Nothing interesting here other than a contradiction on how long these guys live. In an earlier chapter 6Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years [how come men are still living to be 400yrs of age or did the scribes miss chapter 6?].”

History of Gods

If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.

Baron D’Holbach, cited in Jonathan Miller. (2004). A Brief History of Disbelief [TV-Series].