Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Reading the Bible - Genesis 15

Genesis 15 or, the more aptly named is he asleep? Or is he awake?

We start of this chapter realizing that Abram has serious problems, as he is complaining to Jehovah that he will never have a son (or child) who can take over his household. Naturally this happens in a vision (or sleep state) as is explicitly stated, I mention this as it becomes important later.

After this the word of Jehovah came to Aʹbram in a vision, saying: “Do not fear, Aʹbram. I am a shield for you. Your reward will be very great.”

Interestingly, Abram seems to be a very insecure person when it comes to Jehovah. After all at this point Jehovah has blessed him numerous times, given him great wealth and allowed him to defeat an army of kings. This does lead me to wonder more about what kind of great and faithful servant God is looking for if Abram is meant to be any example to follow. However, as Jehovah does, he once again placates Abram by showing him exactly what he has in store for him. Amazingly God has never bothered to offer this evidence for any living human that has doubt, and for this reason we can be sure that Abram must surely be blessed. Importantly, at this point (and this will be relevant for our later studies) we see that Abram sees God for the first time.

He now brought him outside and said: “Look up, please, to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to do so.” Then he said to him: “So your offspring will become.”

Now, we get to some complications. If Abram was having a vision. Then why does he fall asleep? Is this a dream in a dream, is this where Christopher Nolan got the idea of inception from. Or is this just the Bible showing its just a story and not meant to be credited as being true.

When the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell upon Aʹbram and a great and frightening darkness descended on him. 

Lastly, we get to see what a right ass-hat God can be. He has already promised Abram that he will give him everything. However, it will not be easy as for some reason God feels he needs to punish the Israelite's before they have even done anything wrong.

Then He said to Aʹbram: “Know for certain that your offspring will be foreigners in a land not theirs and that the people there will enslave them and afflict them for 400 years.

So why would God decide to punish the Israelite's? Apparently it has to do with the Amorites. That's right the Amorites had made an error and as it had not reached its climax yet, the Israelite's were getting punished. What a colossal dickhead!

But they will return here in the fourth generation, because the error of the Amʹor·ites has not yet reached its full measure.”

Naturally the Bible in itself is showing here that its made up history is crap, as it forgot that the Amorites have in fact been defeated in Genesis 14:7. The only other question that we can possibly raise is that of, who are the Amorites? Well according to Wikipedia they are any of the tribes of Canaan, who are descendants of Ham who even were classified as giants by some. Of course, this is all heavily criticized as their is no real evidence for Biblical Amorites, even though there were a tribe of people that were called Amorites.

Still if this point if you think God is justified in punishing the Israelite's for the Amorites sin, it would be good to point out that some Amorites even helped Abram in his warring conquest against the kings of Elam, Goiim, Shinar and Elasar. In other words God uses and casts away as he deems necessary to his needs. Personally, I think the 400 years of persecution is necessary to give this tale its epic twist. So once again we have the Bible making shit up so that the story is more interesting.

Genesis 15 ends with Abram sealing the deal as such with Jehovah, as it is at this point that once again Abram gets promised everything by God with a covenant.

On that day Jehovah made with Aʹbram a covenant, saying: “To your offspring I will give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Eu·phraʹtes: the land of the Kenʹites, the Kenʹiz·zites, the Kadʹmon·ites, the Hitʹtites, the Perʹiz·zites, the Rephʹa·im, the Amʹor·ites, the Caʹnaan·ites, the Girʹga·shites, and the Jebʹu·sites.”

And that was the excellent journey of Abram who may have or may not have been asleep.

All verses come from the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.
Online version available at the Jehovah's Witnesses official website