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Breezin’ Through The Bible #1

September 17, 2013

Breezin’ Through the Bible is my attempt to think about the most read book in the world, but perhaps falling behind Harry Potter in readership today.  More young people probably know more about Dumbledore than they do about Shadrach, Mecshach, and Abed-Nego, and so I offer a short version of God’s story.

Let’s start— In the beginning the earth was without form and void, and God said, “Let there be light”, and there was, and quite pleased, He created life. But, you know, for every action there is an opposite reaction, and so there were night and snakes.

God created man in his own image, lovingly breathing life into his poem and permitting his man to tend the garden, and make decisions, but always obeying Him. Adam and Eve lived harmoniously in the garden until a snake entered and convinced them to eat fruit from a tree called “The Knowledge of Good and Evil”. God was angry and chucked them out of their Paradise. 

Men and women became increasingly wicked, beginning with the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. Cain, a farmer, became angry with Abel,, the first shepherd; Cain was jealous because Abel seemed to be God’s favorite. He asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”Cain killed his brother and had to be punished. Cain left home, and Adam and Eve had a third son, Seth.

The people became increasingly wicked. God became more angry, and He decided to flood the earth to eliminate his creation. Fortunately, He found a good man, Noah. Although Noah was 600 years old, he was able to build an ark (a box like boat) using God’s blueprints. When the rains came, Noah took his family, a pair of each animal, food, seeds, and equipment on the ark. Rain deluged the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights. When the rain stopped, the ark rested on the top of Mt. Arafat. God sent a dove with an olive branch to tell Noah he was safe and could repopulate the earth. Noah thanked God with an offering, and God was pleased. He promised He would not destroy the Earth again, and to seal his covenant, He placed a rainbow in the sky. I don’t believe He put a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end, however.

-to be contd. 


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