You may remember when we were back in Genesis 5, I told you about my amazing act of Geekery in working out the ages of these early people, when they had children etc. Looking over it again, as we come to another genealogy in Genesis 11 v 10 – 26, I was quite surprised to see that, if we take these figures literally, Noah was still alive when Abram was born. And so were all the relatives in between.
Then suddenly we read of the early death of Abram’s brother, Haran. Some of the older generations may have died by that time – the exact year is not recorded, but when everyone else has lived to a ripe old age, it must have come as even more of a shock. There’s no way of knowing, but I wonder if it was the untimely death of his youngest son that prompted Terah’s move out of Ur.
Sometimes in life we do have to face some severe issues. The saying is they can make us bitter or better. We are currently praying for a friend whose daughter is facing significant difficulties, whilst being very antagonistic to God. Whilst everything is going along swimmingly, people very rarely see the need to make life changes. I don’t believe God causes bad things to happen to us, but when they do, we suddenly get more attentive to the spiritual side of life. Pain is uninvited and unwelcome, but it can cause us to see life more clearly.