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|Jul-23-17|| ||technical draw: Oh, I see <Boomie> , You can use the New International version, which says 90 years and 9 (https://genius.com/Holy-bible-kjv-g...) or you can use the Bible Gateway which gives you all the versions on a single page: https://www.biblegateway.com/passag...|
|Jul-23-17|| ||technical draw: Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.|
(prior to this Abraham had left UR to go to his dying father in Haran.) . After his father died it was only natural for Abraham to return to Ur, instead he gets the above message).
|Jul-23-17|| ||technical draw: Now about half way from Haran to Ur, Abraham stops the caravan. A rich man's caravan with hundreds of sheep, camels, servants, and slaves. Then he says, "all right we now make a right turn". "But, Master says someone Ur is south! I know, says Abraham, we are heading west. "But what is west?" And Abraham pronounces his first powerful words: "I Don't know!".|
|Jul-24-17|| ||technical draw: Remember, in those times nobody left their home territory, it was unsafe as bandits roamed other areas. So we can suspect the murmuring of Abraham's house is starting. Also the fact that Abraham doesn't really know where he is going makes things worse. His mentioning of God's words don't inspire faith but fear that Abraham is losing it.|
|Jul-24-17|| ||technical draw: So Abraham heads for the land of who knows where. Unfortunately he has in his cargo two people that in modern language "will be the death of him".|
He has his sterile wife Sarai and his hanger-on nephew Lot. Yes, that Lot. More famous for his wife than for himself. A nephew who will be a troublemaker and cause Abraham to go to war.
Great family Mr. Abraham, but at least you're on your way to Canaan.
|Jul-24-17|| ||technical draw: I'm on the move now. I wanted to get Abraham out of Ur to where the real story starts. Abraham is obeying God and going to the land "that I will show you".|
And with chapter 12 we have the first great promise: 2. "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing."
|Jul-24-17|| ||technical draw: Verse 6 and 7 are very important.
Verse 6 says: "And the Canaanites were in the land"
Verse 7 says: "Unto thy seed will I give this land. (another promise from God).
We will learn a little about something call "Eminent Domain".
|Jul-25-17|| ||technical draw: <Big Pawn and OCF> . Thank you for your input. At least i know I have readers.>|
As we see in verse 7 God speaks to Abraham, so Abraham tells his people that all will be well because God has promised him the land of Canaan and everyone is happy, right? Wrong.
People in Abraham's day are just as sceptic as people today. Some people think Abraham is crazy and abandon the caravan and go back to Ur.
Some don't believe Abraham but have no choice but to stay with him as he is their source of money and protection.
And some laugh when he says he will have "seed" because they know that Sarai is sterile. But they stick with the crazy guy albeit with skepticism and fear.
People in Abraham's day were not more religious than today. The caravan is full of people in fear and laughter
But Abraham proceeds and builds an altar to pray. This altar is not a sign of faith but of fear. More altars will be forth coming.
|Jul-26-17|| ||technical draw: Just to make this a short summary of Abraham's character I will give three Bible verses:|
1. Gen. 13:8
2. Gen. 14:23
3. Gen. 23:13
Of course there are more but I feel slightly ill today and I don't have enough mental and physical strength to give a good report.
|Jul-31-17|| ||technical draw: Let's continue with Abraham.
Abraham reaches the land God said to go to and the first thing he encounters is that there is a tribe already there. "And the Caananites were in the land" Gen. 12:6.
Ok, no big problem, just maybe God forgot to kick them out. And God promises Abraham the land again Gen, 12:7.
Now things start getting worse for Abraham. First there are people in the land and now (v.10) there is famine in the land. What's up? What about all the promises Abraham received from God?
Abraham's tribe must be high tailing back to Ur and Abraham, the man of faith, is starting to crumble. We shall see in verse 11 Abraham's egregious decisions. Decisions that not even a man full of evil would take. What happened to Abraham?
|Aug-01-17|| ||technical draw: Now we come to the infamous verses 11, 12, and 13 of Gen. chapter 12:|
<11 And it came to pass, when he had come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, “Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me for thy sake, and my soul shall live because of thee.”>
Thousands of years of Rabbinical and scholarly study have been devoted to these 3 verses. So my puny interpretation is not to be taken with a grain of salt but probably a gallon.
By the way my sister is also an Abrahamic scholar and she and I have different views. There is a saying: If two Jews agree on something they are both wrong.
I'll take a breath and start my interpretation in the next post.
|Aug-08-17|| ||technical draw: Some posts have been removed for continuity. (as will this one soon enough).|
|Aug-14-17|| ||technical draw: There's a saying in Spanish, "No hay mal que por bien no venga". Basically, every cloud has a silver lining.|
I was working in Spain about 40 years ago with a certain intelligence organization that was updating the Spanish military's post Franco communications systems.
I spent most of the time drinking and letting the Spanish officers work on their own. Of course after 6 months of heavy drinking and leaving classified information on a train I got a termination notice.
OK, the jig is up. It was fun while it lasted. So I prepared to go to Washington for debriefing and out processing. Then something extraordinary and terrifying happened: A Lufthansa flight from Germany to Spain was hijacked and taken to Libya.
I was told not to leave so I could handle any communications between the hijackers, the German government, the Spanish government and the US government through the CIA.
All ended well, the passengers were unharmed and released in Libya. The plane was then destroyed.
I really didn't do anything except make sure the microwave links and the backups were working OK.
After that I had to go to DC for out processing and I was now an ex-employee.
All this happened in 1977.
Many years later I was advised that I was wrongly terminated because I worked on a project (the hijacking) after my letter of termination. So I was entitled to back pay with interest and also damages. I got a hefty sum, thus my Spanish saying.
I must admit, however, that the company was right in firing me as I was really a heavy drinker. But I also have to say that I haven't had a drink in 25 years without any cravings.
"No hay mal que por bien no venga"
|Aug-15-17|| ||technical draw: To correct the above information, the Lufthansa flight landed in Somalia not Libya. Also 3 of the hijackers were killed by German commandos. The plane was not destroyed and no passengers were injured.|
|Aug-16-17|| ||whiteshark: Thanks <TD> for sharing . Here's a related 1977 event page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufth...|
|Aug-16-17|| ||technical draw: <whiteshark> That's the same flight. Also Israel was in on the negotiations.|
|Aug-16-17|| ||technical draw: When I was about 11 years old my father had a book called "Everyday Biology". It was published in the 40's. I loved that book and learned a lot from it. |
In one chapter they had a list of IQ's and the last three were called feeble minded. But get this, the scientific names made me laugh. Here are the last three:
8. Idiot-I thought idiot was a cuss word, something you would call someone. Like: "You're an Idiot". Little did I know I was using science.
9. Imbecile-Again I thought it was just an insult word. But it was worse than being an idiot. "I may be an imbecile but at least I'm not an idiot"
10. This is the dumbest of the dumb. It is worse than being an idiot or an imbecile. That would be a Moron.
"I may be an idiot but at least I'm not a moron"
Of course these classifications are no longer in use. Now a day they say above normal, normal, and below normal.
And if you don't agree with me you are a moron!
|Aug-17-17|| ||technical draw: You know, I have had a nickname since I was born. However only my family call me by my nickname. My wife doesn't call me by my nickname and when she tries it sounds awkward. It's strange that my family can use my nickname and it sounds normal but anyone else using it sounds funny.|
$1,000 to anyone who can guess my nickname. If I give a hint you'll probably guess it so no hints.
|Aug-17-17|| ||technical draw: No, my nickname is not "loser".|
|Aug-17-17|| ||chancho: Tablas!|
|Aug-17-17|| ||technical draw: <chancho> Nada, menos, equivocado.|
|Aug-17-17|| ||chancho: Y yo que estaba tan seguro... 😂|
|Aug-17-17|| ||juan31: TD: Baby ? ; por favor envía los 1000. Gracias|
|Aug-17-17|| ||technical draw: <juan31> Lo siento, trata de nuevo. Lo único que te puedo enviar son 1,000 gracias por participar.|
Les voy a dar un la pero ya no hay premio:
Tiene que ver con un país Sur Americano.
|Aug-18-17|| ||technical draw: When I was a kid I always wanted a Prince Valiant haircut: https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=...|
After I finally got one the other kids laughed and called me gay (well the word that was used in those days). So my Prince Valiant hair cut lasted 3 days. No more comic book haircuts for me. I'd rather try flying with a towel around my neck.
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