These are the generations of Esau, whose continuing mission is to make new life and new civilizations, to boldly move to the hill country of Seir. O.K., so this chapter isn’t really that interesting. The most notable thing that occurred in this chapter was that Esau (a.k.a. Edom) moved him and his family to the hill country of Seir because the land could not sustain his wealth, cattle, etc. as well as Jacob’s.
Beyond that, it was all, “This is this and that is that.” He sought to be his own master, such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world… or so i hear. So they all moved to Seir and got busy. The promise of him being the father of nations is seen fulfilled in this chapter. God gave and He gave and He just kept on giving!
This was one brute of a chapter to finish! 40+ verses of so-and-so was the father of whoever it is, whoever it was… whatchamacallit, who was the father of chief Martin Brody. I don’t know how many times i started dozing off, and i had a really hard time keeping track of where i was… thus leading to all kinds of crossing out and redoing sections… not fun. Well, that’s all i have to say about that.
P.S. There are references to at least 8 movies / TV shows /commercials in this post. Can you find them all?
Deuteronomy 17:18-19 defines and sums up this project.
“Now it shall come about… he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll… It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God…” (NASB)
Long before Saul became the first King of Israel, God instructed the future kings of Israel to write for themselves a copy of the law / scriptures. Its purpose was to help them learn to fear the LORD… to understand His expectations and how to lead His people.
I am not a king of Israel, but after having read the Bible through from cover to cover more times than i could keep track of, i feel like i am hitting a rut. I need to get a new picture and understanding of what God is saying… of what God is doing. I need to better learn to “fear the LORD my God”. It’s time to take things a step further.
Feel free to join me on this journey. Understand that i’m not really doing this for you (the reader). I’m doing this to take my understanding of the scriptures and my relationship with God to a new level. I would love to bring you along on this trip. I can guarantee that it will be fun, frustrating, exhausting, insightful, educational, and chances are controversial. I can guarantee that there will be plenty of times when i know that i will just want to give up. I can also guarantee that if we allow Him to, God will show up in the process.
The plan is to do one chapter a day starting January 1st, 2011. There will be times when i will miss a day, or two, or six, or more, but i’m expecting / planning on that. As such, i’m planning for this project to take three to four years to complete. Yes, i said years. If a person can read through the Bible in approximately 300 days by reading four chapters a day, it will definitely take three to four years to complete this project.
I look forward to this trip, and i can’t wait to get started.
Rev. John J. Camiolo Jr.