The first day of reading through the Bible in ninety days is here. I have completed the first 14 chapters. As I told you in the last post I will be reading the Bible in the New Living Translation, which I realize is a weak “translation”, but it has an ease of reading which the KJV does not have, thus and can read without too much distraction by trying to decipher the days, months and years; lengths, weights and such.
I did discover in my reading of the first fourteen chapters that there is much with the NLT which I have problems with in interpretation, but as I wrote of one of those problems in my journal, it could be a matter of perspective.
That problem was the NLT’s interpretation of Genesis 10:25,
“Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg—“division”—for during his lifetime the people of the world were divided into different language groups and dispersed. His brother’s name was Joktan.” Genesis 10:25 (NLT)
Now the KJV,
“And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.” Genesis 10:25 (KJV)
The problem I have with the NLT here is that it provides and interpretation that is not present in the text. The word “earth” in the KJV is “eh’-rets” in Hebrew and can mean various things,
“From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land): – X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, X nations, way, + wilderness, world.” From Strongs Concordance — e-Sword.
The people had been divided by the change difference in languages, and there could have been a massive moving of the planet earth as well; not only causing a dividing of languages, but also of the land. That is my thought on the matter.
We find in the reading of Genesis 1 – 14 that God is the Creator; that He created the earth and all things upon it in a seven day period. On the sixth day having already prepared things for the crowning of creation He creates humanity, beginning with Adam, then his wife Eve. Things were without problem in the garden God had prepared for them. He even spent time with them in that garden, at least at one point He came to visit them, and found them hiding from Him.
Here we find the answer for all the ills and problems in our world today. Why is there killing, sickness, disease, hardships of all sorts? It comes down to this point that the first man and woman did not listen to God, nor obey His commandment. That one commandment was,
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.'” Genesis 2:16-17
Following their sin of disobedience, God comes to them, finds them hiding from Him and God drives them from paradise; places a guardian at the gate of Eden preventing their way to eternal life at the Tree of Life, and they begin to die. Adam Eve have two sons Cain and Abel. Rebellion sets in Cain’s heart even to the point of killing his brother. God curses Cain.
Adam and Eve have other children. We find the godly lineage in chapter 5; however there is much evil on the earth, and God destroys the earth and every land going animal; except for those He has chosen to save through the only justified man living. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (6:8). The flood comes. Noah, his wife, their sons, and their sons wives are in the ark of redemption with the chosen animals – 7 of each clean animal; 2 of each unclean. My how God is full of grace and mercy.
From paradise to death to hope through Abram and a new land. A new people, nation, a Promised Redeemer.
-Tim A. Blankenship