OMG the begats are boring. But when studied, their importance and relevance is revealed. They show the lineage of Jesus as prophesied in Genesis, Isaiah and Jeremiah.<quoted text>There ya go, same here. Mama was a red-letter God-fearin' Christian woman, as they say, so there wasn't a time that it wasn't part of daily life. But we were healthy boys too. We raised hell all week, and trembled on Sunday, all the way thru my 20's. But when I turned 30 or so, I had a young family in a new town with a new job. I resolved to take that chance to go all-in with study, prayer, involvement, the works. I felt I had a whole host of absolution needed doin'
I'll admit I skipped fast through the interminable begets (Numbers) and the minute details of the Tabernacle tent.(But in a trivia contest, I can tell how big the panels were, down to the cubit;) But I did read it diligently, purchasing a Study Bible for the endeavor. I also dove into all the histories and apologetics I could find, all with an eye to having a "Closer Walk With Thee". Strobel, McDowell, and Lucado still set on the shelf to my left here, along with a host of others
One of earliest problems was reading Isaiah. I'd learned all the "prophecies" alleged to come from Isaiah, but when I finally read the whole thing in context, man, I couldn't help wondering why the vast majority of one of the largest books was just supposed to be so much Hebraic jibber-jabber. Then every so often, right dead in the middle of a song or speech, Isaiah is supposed to just drop into a trance, mutter a few stanzas of "prophecy" that he didn't even know was there, and then snap out of it and continue rambling on with Judaic flotsam and jetsam that means nothing as far as the prophecy was concerned. Just didn't make sense.
I really didn't learn anything significant in church as a kid. My dad made me go and I resented our church for it, as if it was the church's fault. I really got into it in my 20s, when I started willfully going.
But I had to step away from churches and stick with my faith. In my opinion, too many churches are run by greedy men that insist you pay them as much as you can for attending their two hour sermon. It drove me nuts. The last time I went to church, the preacher was preaching that God gets mad at you if you don't tithe. I walked out halfway through.
To be clear, I walked out of the church, not my faith.