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I had heard that alternate title once before long ago, but was reminded of it in Jack Kelly’s article “Wisdom of the Ages”.

The Bible is the most amazing book.  The more you read it, the more Truth and wisdom you can glean.

Satan’s plan over the centuries to move us from knowing our history, to being so focused on the future, is quite cunning.  You hear it said all the time, that everything you need to know about life is in the Bible, well maybe you don’t hear that as much these days but the statement is still as true today as it was when it was written.

Jack does a superb job at laying out how contorted our world view has become.  Not only have we just been taught little by little, that our past (history) is not important, but we have in fact seen much of it re-written.

The one constant in our world has been the Bible, but even that is under attack as new interpretations are developed under the goal of “modernizing” the language so that it can be “better” understood.  That is false!  Spend some time reading the Bible and it will come to life!  To better understand that deception check out my previous post on changes that are being made through translations. (Is your Bible uncorrupted?)

Enjoy the article below, it was a very enlightening and refreshing read!  It will also give you some great tools, straight from scripture, that God wanted us to know and use daily.  It is better than any self-help book currently published.

God Bless!

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Wisdom Of The Ages

by Jack Kelly

Recently, I was reminded of a video I had watched some years ago on the life of Abraham. First shown on one of the cable networks, it was surprisingly faithful to the Bible’s account of Abraham’s life.

The late Richard Harris portrayed Abraham as a man of great sensitivity, with a yearning to know God. Eventually he was successful, for the Bible describes him as God’s friend (Isaiah 41:8). It does not tell us why Abraham sought God, or how he even knew there was a God. Although Abraham’s early  ancestors had obviously known of Him, the people of Abraham’s time were not followers of this God. How did Abraham find out about Him?

Creation Chronology

Genesis 5 is a chronology of the first 10 generations of man. It’s given without explanation or embellishment and covers the period from Adam through Noah.  Since the chronology is specific, calculating the life span of each man is simple, as is the total time from Adam’s creation to Noah’s death – 2006 years. Genesis 6 – 9 then shifts gears to describe the Great Flood, which occurred 1656 years after Adam’s creation. Chapter 10 is about the Tower of Babel.

Then in Genesis 11: 9 the chronology abruptly begins again with Noah’s son Shem and continues through Abraham (then called Abram) in Genesis 11:26.  Once again we can calculate both the individual life spans and the total elapsed time of 10 generations. By putting the two lists together you come to the amazing discovery that Noah was still alive when Abram was born and died when Abram was 58.

You can also see that if Adam recounted the story of his origin to his son Seth and his grandson son Enosh, (seems likely, since Adam’s origin was pretty unique) then Enosh could have told Noah.  In fact 8 out of the first 10 family heads were still alive and well during most of Noah’s life. Only Adam and Seth had died. Since they all lived in the same general vicinity, Mesopotamia, it’s likely they all knew Adam’s story and could have passed it along.

Hello Noah? This is Abraham

Only Noah and his three sons survived the flood, but any of them could have talked with Abram. In fact Noah’s son Shem, still around when Abram’s son Isaac was born, actually out lived Abram. (Some say Shem was the one called Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20, the King of Salem to whom Abram paid a tithe on the spoil he had taken while rescuing Lot.)

The notion that the Creation story came from fables told by illiterate primitives around campfires at night just isn’t so.  The chain of information from Creation to Abraham needed only 3 links; Adam, Enosh (Adam’s grandson) and Noah. It is no stretch of the imagination to conclude that Abram had heard about the Creator of the Universe through this chain and then sought Him out. You see, in those days there was great interest in the lessons of the past; the wisdom of the ages.

What’s The Point?

Today in almost every field, great emphasis is placed on new thought. Nothing wrong with that per se, but in our quest for the “latest thing” are we losing our grounding in the wisdom of the ages?

Through out history, every society has relied on the wisdom of its elders to instruct the young, guaranteeing that its heritage would remain intact and that simple truths would not be lost. Because for the most part western society no longer venerates its elders and their wisdom, we live in a revisionist world, where even the past is becoming uncertain.  (Was Columbus a good guy or a bad guy? Was the Holocaust real? Who was JFK?)

Many of life’s simple truths are no longer passed along, yet they have always been effective in building successful lives. They were first written down for us in the Bible, confirmed in the biographies of successful people, and documented by society’s observers.  Here’s an example.

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