Friday, October 16, 2009

Color me Overwhelmed!

***image via Ark Van Noach

Boy the ol Bible sure starts off with a bang doesn't it? After just two days of reading and 7 chapters in Genesis, the earth has been created, populated and destroyed! Right now, at the close of day two, Noah and his family are floating around the ocean wondering what comes next. Talk about your epic cliffhanger!

Already, I have tons of questions. Does anyone know of a companion book that might help fill in some of the "how'd they do that?" kind of questions? For instance, how did Adam and Eve have 2 sons and yet there were all these other people on the earth? Where did THEY come from? And good grief, talk about life expectancy! 800, 900 years anyone? It's just so hard to imagine.

Part of the wonder of God for me is the mystery of it all. So in part, as I am reading the Bible in order of events, even at this early stage, I find myself needing answers to things that aren't really all that relevant to my salvation. But it plays like a movie and I just can't wait to fill in the gaps!

I think this is why people read the Bible several times. I'll be honest, I never really understood those people. But I think you have to. Right now, I can't imagine doing the research and the reading at the same time. So I'll just be reading and then go back through with texts and commentaries by trustworthy sources that know their stuff. But yeah, right now? My head is spinning. How's everyone else doing? Let's talk about it in the comments!



  1. I'm going to just be absolutely blunt and honest and throw out things that I'm thinking. At the risk of sounding like a cynic, jerk, or idiot.....I just plain out have a hard time believing that people lived that long. Especially in a post-Eden world. Sin now runs rampant and it's infected everything. Life expectancy has only risen in most parts of the world since the time of Christ. I so badly want to believe that people did live that long and that God is sovreign, but it all seems kind of far-fetched. And if Noah and his lady hit the population reset button, does that mean that we're all inbreds?

  2. I know exactly what you mean! It's hard to take it at face value but that's exactly what I am going to try and do for now. Then maybe go back with some commentary and see what's up. You know? Questions are GOOD! Maybe write them down as you read and then later address them if they aren't answered within the text. Just a thought!