You are probably just getting to the place where you say, “Man the Bible is awesome!” And you are probably just to the place where you are saying, “Man how do I keep up this pace of reading?” Stay at it. You can do it. So many have before you. Trust me, you will develop habits and patterns which will help in the discipline of reading everyday.
Here we are friends, just about half way through Genesis. Wasn’t it so cool reading all of Job after starting Genesis? I loved that. I can’t wait to see how it works out through the rest of the books.
One thing I noticed today as I was reading was randomness. There would be a flow in a story and boom, from out of nowhere, there is a shift in thought or action that seems so out of place. One of those places was Genesis 36:24. Nearly all of Chapter 36 is a genealogy of Esau’s kin. The sons of Zibeon are listed with one of them being Anah. Then just out of nowhere in an attempt to clarify which Anah the author is referring, Anah is described. ”This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.”
Now, as you may well know, after reading this, I stopped to think about what I just read, and came up with all sorts of questions. Do you ever do that? Do you find something and ruminate on it? It is sort of a restless inquisitiveness of mine. Anyways, I digress. Here is a smattering of some of the things I was thinking of:
Where are these hot springs?
How hot are they?
Did anyone ever visit there before Anah discovered them?
What were the surroundings like? Lush? Dry and sandy?
Was he alone when he was herding his donkeys?
Did he jump in as he discovered them?
Did this become a destination for others?
Did it turn into a resort?
Are they there today and what do they look like?
Then there was the flow of names. The endless list of names. All the begat-ting, all the genealogies, all the lineage. I have to be honest, there have been times in the past when I would come to a list of names and just skip over them. Come on, I know you have done it too. This time through, I decided to do something different, read them all. Really try to pronounce the name. Try to get a feel for what that persons name would sound like for a mother or father to say it several times a day.
Isn’t it cool how someone was named based on the circumstances of the moment? If a man was in a tight spot, he would name his kid Tight Spot. Another may be ‘band of raiders’ or ‘he provides justice.’ Nearly all names have a form of the Lord’s name embedded in it. Constant reminders every time the person’s name is breathed, who it is which is behind all of human life.
I have to admit there are some pretty funny sounding names. And for a family to have two names of children so close in sound to each other side by side. It makes me chuckle. Like Ishvah and Ishvi (Gen 46:17). Or Muppim and Huppim (46:21), I wonder what those mean? One of the funniest names has to be Oholibamah. For some reason the face of a contemporary flashes through my mental faculties every time I read it.
Have a great day. Grace and peace.