Obama’s acceptance speech

If only my president would talk like this.
While I applaud this speech, I can’t help notice the desire to secure Israel, while not much is said about the Palestine nation. They equally deserve peace and an opportunity to live in dignity and peace. Their children should know they can be whatever they want to be in a world where we accept we are one people only differentiated by colour and nothing else. That below the skin, we feel pain the same way, we love, we hate in equal measure and have a capacity to do good!
May all Americans of good will vote for you, you represent a greater vision for the world than your competitor!

Genesis 25

Abraham’s Death

In this chapter, though titled Abe’s death, should actually get a new title. I will think of an appropriate one. We have Isaac, Abe’s progeny doing absolutely nothing. We nothing of him other than being the father of Jacob and Esau. So I can say with all confidence, nothing would be lost if Isaac didn’t show up except Abe would not have someone to try to kill and there would be no Jacob. Isaac for all intents and purposes is a useless character. He has no traits, does nothing important and doesn’t even meet with his daddy’s god! What a shame.

Enough said, let the journey continue:

25 Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah[ In the previous chapter, we are told honest Abe was old, advanced in age. How is it that 67 verses later he has a wife and 6 children to boot! Did they have Viagra then? ]. She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim. The sons of Midian were Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah. Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; but to the sons of his concubines[ I knew only of Hagar whom he chased away, were there others who the scribes chose not to tell us?], Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east[there is something east about biblical migrations! They never go west. That aside, we know nothing of Isaac, is he those characters a writer creates to fill a blank no more no less!].

These are all the years of Abraham’s life that he lived, one hundred and seventy-five years. Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life[ I agree he had a good one, pimping his sister/wife on two occasions, having concubines as we have come to learn and having visitations from most high for bread. What more would a person ask for?] ; and he was gathered to his people. Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael [the scribe here ain’t aware that Isaac has gone east, wherever that is, and Ishamel since being sent away hasn’t returned. How could god forget to tell the scribes this?] buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, 10 the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife. 11 It came about after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi.

Descendants of Ishmael

12 Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham; 13 and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam 14 and Mishma and Dumah and Massa, 15 Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; twelve princes according to their tribes[wait a minute, 12 sons with different tribes? Now can someone explain what is going on here? If the repetition here was poetic, it would have been interesting to read!]. 17 These are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria; he settled in defiance of all his relatives[why would he have to defy his relatives? this verse here doesn’t make sense, unless the scribe is setting us up for a future in Egypt].

Isaac’s Sons

19 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah[his cousin], the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren[maybe it’s Isaac who was impotent, who knows? why put the blame on the lady?] ; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord[ too bad they didn’t have CAT scans then, she would have easily have seen her gynae].

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations[how? ] are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger[Abe’s god with servitude].”

24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came forth red, all over like a ha

Esau must be the missing link evolutionary biologists have been trying to find.

iry garment[ tell me another, but am not buying a hairy baby]; and they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright[this exchange rate is the best. I would want to buy a Ferrari at this rate].

Genesis 24

A Bride for Isaac

Friends, this chapter is quite long, a total of 67 chapters so we may not delve deeply into many issues in it. However, it is important to note that as Abraham married his sister, Lot sleeping with his daughters, Isaac will marry his cousin, Rebekah who you remember was introduced towards the end of the previous chapter.

24 Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh[don’t worry, the bible wasn’t written yet so they couldn’t swear with their hands on the bible], and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites[This is what we call today negative ethnicity. These guys have housed you, given you land and you still show such disdain?], among whom I live, but you will go to my country and to my relatives[ Relatives here is important as we shall later find out. They give new meaning to the phrase “a family that prays together stays together”], and take a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?” Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there![Is old Abe wanted back home for some crime? Why the hesitation about Isaac going back? Just to refresh your memory, Abe didn’t go back home after the attempted murder of Isaac, could this be the reason he doesn’t want Isaac to go back since they may easily ask him where the old man has taken refuge?]

The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter[Under the circumstances, it would not be easier for Abe to ask his god just to send the damsel, instead of giving his head slave such a daunting task?].

10 Then the servant took ten camels from the camels[my friend tells me, that Abe must have been ahead of his time, camels are not domesticated till 1000yrs after he supposedly lived!] of his master, and set out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 He said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham[I have always said this is Abe’s personal god. Nothing more, nothing less!], please grant me success today, and show loving kindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown loving kindness to my master[Is this a report of after the event, or a prophesy? Could the scribe be telling us what happened somewhere else?].”

Rebekah Is Chosen

15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah[who is Isaac’s cousin] who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder. 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin[please allow me to ask, what is the obsession of virgins and two how does he know this and they haven’t spoken?], and no man had had relations with her; and she went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord”; and she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink. 19 Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking[Am not going to do the math here, but am told it would have taken the girl the whole day to water the camels to their fill. Now nowhere in the good book are we told someone came to look for her! Something just doesn’t add up].” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels[Lets consider this for a moment, shall we, you have been sent to draw water maybe for cooking or whatever domestic use, you get a guy close to the well and asks for water to drink, are you going to give him water and top of that water his camels? This I tell you is the work of fiction!]. 21 Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not

Rebekah giving Abe’s head slave a pitcher of water to drink

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22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her wrists[try doing that today to a lady you have just met if you’ll not spend a day or two in a state lodge somewhere with the dregs of society] weighing ten shekels in gold, 23 and said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your father’s house?” 24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel[House of god], the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in[There is no way, then or now that a lady of her age would make such an offer without consulting the father. Remember also as I have pointed out before, women are only named in this good book if there is a plot for them otherwise we we are just told women, daughters, sisters , they are to all my knowledge nameless!].” 26 Then the man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27 He said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His loving kindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the Lord has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”

28 Then the girl ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 30 When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, “This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 And he said, “Come in, blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels[Please spare me, she has just reported the incident, when did they get time to prepare for the camels? And she is not even reprimanded for being away the whole day?]” 32 So the man entered the house. Then Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33 But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have told my business.” And he said, “Speak on.” 34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys[laying a case for Abe. This head slave should be a business negotiator]. 36 Now Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has. 37 My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’ 39 I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’ 40 He said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father’s house; 41 then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath[why had he to repeat the whole conversation with Abe making this chapter unnecessarily long?].’

42 “So I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I go successful; 43 behold, I am standing by the spring, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw, and to whom I say, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; 44 and she will say to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”; let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

 

45 “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47 Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists. 48 And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49 So now if you are going to deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, let me know, that I may turn to the right hand or the left.”

50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the Lord; so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51 Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken[Bethuel must know that he is related to old Abe, unless incest was sanctioned from above, they would have raised objections.].”

52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord. 53 The servant brought out articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” 55 But her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.” 56 He said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 57 And they said, “We will call the girl and consult her wishes.” 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go[how was she going to refuse! The family has already accepted the gifts and made the decision for her. So it is superfluous to say they asked for her opinion on the matter!].” 59 Thus they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men.

60 They blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“May you, our sister,
Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may your descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them.”

61 Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.

Isaac Marries Rebekah

62 Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev. 63 Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel. 65 She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master[the son of your master is still your master! Oh slavery!].” Then she took her veil and covered herself. 66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah[his first cousin], and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.