Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ithmael the Moabite

Along with some of his fellow Mighty Men, Ithamel's place of origin and identity may be one that is not part of a proud introduction.  Especially when your hometown is among those being warned of by the prophets to repent.  Ithmael, identified in the Mighty Men as being "the Moabite" is another warrior who, if given the chance to edit the Bible may have asked for that detail to be deleted.

Just call me Ithmael.  Please.

Who knows?  I certainly don't have any idea of how the human version of any of these Mighty Men would react to seeing their names in the Bible.  The glorified version that now sit with the Father in heaven, I would hope, see it an entirely different way than what I am proposing, but let me let you draw your own conclusions about what Ithmael may think about being identified as "the Moabite."

Moab was the grandson and simultaneously the son of Lot.  You read that correctly.

Before you go off on a tangent of questions as to how many children after Adam and Eve were produced by incest, let me help keep you on task here.

Lot's daughters got their dad drunk when they were hiding in a cave after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.  The girls were worried about carrying on the family name so that the family line could be preserved. Unlike you or I, (wink wink, who would NEVER take matters into our own hands) they took matters into their own hands to fix what they thought was broken, and got their dad drunk.  They preceded to than sleep with their father, the older daughter first slept with her dad one night and the next night the younger girl slept with her dad.  The Bible says that both times, "He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up."

So daughter number one gets pregnant and gives birth to Moab, the father of the Moabites and daughter number two gets pregnant and gives birth to Ben-Ammi, the father of the Ammonites. (Genesis 19:30-38)

There are several characters in the Bible all centered around the area of Moab and the Moabites.  You can find them in Numbers 22-25; 31:16; Judges 3:12-14, 30; 1 Samuel 22:3,4; 2 Kings 3:4; Amos 2:1-3.

The line of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world came from Ruth, the Moabitess.  You can find her story in the book of Ruth.

Ithmael, the Moabite, among The Thirty shared hometown roots with the Savior of the world.

I is for Ithmael, the Moabite.

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