Two Camps

Mom just called with good news. She noticed that my sister reserved two adjoining rooms with 2 beds in each. We like to wake up at 5 am and my sister is a night owl! Some of us like to sleep in a quiet, dark room and others sleep with the TV on. With two rooms, both camps will be happy!

Genesis 32:1, 2, “Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is God’s camp.’ So he called the name of that place Mahanaim.” Modern English Version

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“Mahanaim. Two camps….Hana…a day drawing to its close, or a temporary settling in….Right before Jacob names the region Mahanaim, he is met by angels of God. That motivates him to say, ‘This is God’s camp.’ ” abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Mahanaim.html#.Wd46EUuGPrc

This verse assures me that angels will meet us at the hotel in which we camp. God will be with us every mile of the trip. Wherever we camp, will be God’s camp!

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I Will Not Be Jealous

The countdown to our trip with Mom has begun. I started laying out clothes I want to take. I have mental notes of small things I don’t want to forget.

I’m getting excited! I can’t wait to catch up on my sister’s lives. The first verse I read today was a warning.

Genesis 30:1, “…she became jealous of her sister….” Modern English Version

I’m sure my sisters have items that I don’t have…like a real Fitbit. Their husbands can do things for them that my husband doesn’t do…like remodel their house. On the other hand, my husband does things for me that their husbands don’t do…like all the grocery shopping. I have determined, “I will not be jealous.”

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Turn Aside

My Mom is too cool. When I grow up, I want to be just like her! She never stops. She lives her life to the fullest – even though Dad is now in heaven.

When others are thinking of retirement and slowing down, she just keeps making plans. She turned 80 this year and to celebrate she decided…

“Road Trip!”

She called my sisters and I and asked us to accompany her to the east coast. My brother lives in Virginia and she wants a picture of all her children together. So we are abandoning our husbands to fulfill her birthday wish.

I’m excited about the trip but I have one concern. (It’s not being confined in a car for 10 hours each day or the driving.)

It’s my quiet time. My source of peace and strength is my time praying and reading the Bible. I am normally home alone. I can pray and read out loud. I won’t be alone for a week. Then I read today’s verse.

Genesis 28:19, “He called the name of that place Bethel, but previously the name of the city was called Luz.” Modern English Version

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“The name Luz comes from the verb meaning to turn aside.” abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Luz.html#.WdunjRmGPrc

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“The name Bethel consists of two elements. The first part of the name…meaning house. The second part is El, the common abbreviation of Elohim, the Hebrew word for God.” abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Bethel.html#.Wdun4hmGPrc

That verse tells me God will lead me to a place to turn aside and spend time with Him each day. Wherever I turn aside will become a house of God. I look forward to what He will show me there.

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A Well of Running Water

I was talking with a farmer about Isaac reaping 100 fold during a famine. I told him Isaac dug wells and I’m sure he irrigated his crops.

He told me farmers who irrigate their crops around here dig their wells down 2000 feet. That’s a deep well!

I grew up in the mountains. Our water came from a spring. Fed by melting snow from the mountaintop, that water was always cold – even on the hottest days. You couldn’t swim in it but you could wade your feet in it for a few minutes.

One of the wells Isaac dug must have had a spring filling it.

Genesis 26:19, “…Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found a well of running water.” Modern English Version

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You Can’t Buy Your Inheritance

Abraham was a wealthy man, see Genesis 13:2. He knew his descendants would inherit the land of Canaan. He could have bought the land but he didn’t. He waited for God to give it.

When Sarah died, he needed a place to bury her. Ephron the son of Zohar had a field with a cave at the end of it. He offered to give it to Abraham, see 23:10, 11. Abraham insisted on paying for it.

Genesis 23:16, “…Abraham weighed out for Ephron four hundred shekels of silver, the price that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, according to the standard commercial measure.” Modern English Version

God promises us an inheritance.

  • We can’t buy it.
  • We must wait.
  • We can’t let others give it to us.

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Like Breaking Your Own Leg

Last night I had a nightmare. I dreamt my flesh was open and I could see my small intestines. I knew I needed to go to the doctor. The doctor told me I had to go to Iowa City!

No one could take me. Although I wasn’t bleeding in my dream, I did feel light-headed. I tried to dress. Disoriented, I put on 2 different earrings and 2 different socks. I finally told David I was too weak to drive.

He said, “I have to go to work.”

“That’s it,” I replied, “I’m calling Jane, (my mother-in-law)!” Then I woke up.

God speaks to us in dreams. (I have no idea what he was trying to tell me last night!)

Genesis 20:3, “But God came to Abimelek in a dream by night and said to him, ‘You are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.’ ” Modern English Version

God doesn’t strike a man with lightning when he sleeps with another man’s wife but something dies. Even if she leaves her husband and marries the man, he will always wonder, “Will she leave me someday?”

Building a good marriage takes trust and confidence in your spouse. Doubt does not make a good foundation. Sleeping with another man’s wife is like breaking your own leg.

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Suppose Ten Are Found There?

Lot must have had five daughters, three had married. Lot spoke to his sons-in-law and they thought he was joking, see 19:14. (It does not say he spoke to his sons.) They didn’t leave the city.

Abraham knew there were 10 in Lot’s family. He assumed they were all righteous. That’s why he stopped asking at 10.

Genesis 18:32, “Then he said, ‘Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak only once more. Suppose ten will be found there?’ Then He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.’ ” Modern English Version

There was only 4 righteous found in the city and God destroyed it.

I’ve heard many sermons about Lot’s wife looking back because of things. I think she was looking for her married daughters, too. In Luke 17:28-32, Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife.” When the Jesus returns, we won’t go back for things or people. We pray that all our family members are found righteous.

I also understand Lot’s daughters who survived. Lot didn’t have sons. He would have taken care of his daughters until they married. When their husband’s died, they would be cared for by their sons. If they never married or had no sons, they were at the mercy of their brothers or uncles. (Women were not allowed to work.)

They may have assumed that Abraham was dead. They doubted Lot would find husbands for them in the mountains.They were thinking of survival after their father’s death. They each needed a son.

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Sit on It

The Lord said He would give Abram’s descendants the land of Canaan, 12:7. Abram’s response was to build an altar there, 12:8. When a famine drove him from the land, 12:10, he went to Egypt but he didn’t remain there, 13:3.

When he returned, the Lord told him again that He would give the land to his descendants, 13:15. He moved his tent and settled by the “oaks of Mamre.”

“. . . in the neighborhood of Hebron . . . the ‘oak grove’ or the ‘wood of Mamre,’ thus designated after Abraham’s ally. . . . ‘the oak of rest’ . . .” biblestudytools.com/dictionary/mamre/

Abram believed God would keep His promise. He didn’t try to make it happen. He didn’t declare war on Mamre, his ally, and try to take his inheritance by force. He rested in God’s promise at the “oak of rest.”

Sarai received a promise, too. When it was not fulfilled according to her timetable, she took matters into her own hands. Ishmael was the father of all Arabs. Isaac was the father of all Jews. They are still fighting today!

Abram taught us the proper way to wait on a promise – sit on it.

Genesis 13:12, “…Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan…” Modern English Version

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To the Bride and Groom

Our friend’s daughter got married on Saturday night. As father-of-the-bride, he gave the last toast.

“Angie asked me if she could date. I told her she would have to bring him in the house and introduce him to me. He came and picked up Angie but I didn’t know it.

Texting had just become available and my daughter is the texting queen. In the first month she sent 13,000 texts. I about had a heart attack when I got the bill! She texted him and knew when he arrived….

A year and a half ago, Brock called and asked to see us. He came to the door…the first time in 8 years…sat on the couch and asked for her hand….

When God created Adam and Eve, He said, ‘This is good.’ When I look at Brock and Angie, I say, ‘This is good.’ However, the best four words that our Father told Adam and Eve is my toast to Angie and Brock…”

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Genesis 9:1, “…Be fruitful and multiply…” Modern English Version

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With Room for Giraffes

I will never forget the first time I saw a giraffe at the zoo. They were inside a huge building and their height amazed me. Then I read today’s verse.

Genesis 6:16, “…Make it with a lower, a second, and a third story.” Modern English Version

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“About 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high; or 135 meters long, 23 meters wide, and 14 meters high.” Modern English Version Notes

Was one of those stories at least 25 feet high to accommodate the giraffes? A male giraffe can grow 16-20 feet tall. Of course, Noah could have brought a young male and a young female into the ark. I don’t know how he could have brought an adult giraffe in.

What do you think?

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