Genesis 10:26-29

Posted on September 29, 2009

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Genesis 10:26-29

Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal,
Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

We have three daughters. There names all start with the letter "M." The oldest is "Madison." She was named Madison mostly because we couldn't agree on any other names and I was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Daughter #2 is named "McKenzie" because we like the name and also because it began with the letter "M." (We are simple people.) Our third born daughter also has an "M" name – Macie. I think for #3 we had two criteria for a name: first, it had to start with "M" because we already had so many baby things that had an "M" and 2) it couldn't be a cuss word.

That was pretty much it.

Now Mr. and Mrs. Joktan evidently did not have any name criteria at all….

I think their criteria was: when a son is born put all the Scrabble letters in a cup, shake them around, toss the cup on the dirt floor and see which letters stuck together. There….the name of a son.

I can just imagine Mrs. Joktan
calling the boys in for dinner…

"Almodad, Sheleph, Hazaramaveth, Jerah, Hadoram,
Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Joab…time for
dinner…did you hear me… Almodad,
Sheleph, Hazaramaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
Ophir, Havilah, and Joab…I said it was time for dinner…"

 

"Boys… Almodad, Sheleph, Hazaramaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Joab…it’s time for di….never mind…it
took me so long to say all those crazy names it’s time for dessert now."

And so that is why we stuck with all "M's," because we like to eat dinner.

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