I was following the geneology of Noah and came to the account of Terah. The Bible doesn’t say much about Terah, but what it does say speaks volumes. One of the only things that seemed to be of any importance about Terah was that he had three sons, or so I thought. He had Abram, who eventually became Abraham, Nahor, and Haran. And as I read about these three sons, I thought about how thru the nine generations or so after Noah, man once again had strayed from the direction of God’s will and imposed his own interpretation of the way things should be.
Take for example the three sons of Terah. All three of them had a very low opinion of God’s role for the female creation. I can only speculate that this thinking had been passed down for quite a while because certainly these three sons didn’t just wake up and decide it on their own one morning.
One of his son’s, Haran, was also the father of three children. He had a daughter named Milcah, a second child named Iscah, who sex is not mentioned, and Lot- yes, the same Lot from the Biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Milcah, Haran’s daughter, was given to his brother, Nahor, in marriage. Hence, he was Milcah’s uncle. So this marriage was incestuous. I have heard many people say that inter family marriage happened all the time back in those days. Maybe so. But it was not necessary to marry that close in the blood line any longer. There had been at least nine generations since Noah. There was quite a group on the earth again, and these people were still living longer than you or I, meaning they each had lots of children, and those children had children and so on. So, I find it disturbing that Milcah, had to marry the man who had watched her grow up, whom she called Uncle. It is perverted, regardless of whether or not families inter married. Not only is it perverted on her Uncle Nahor’s side, but it is also disturbing that Haran gave his daughter to his brother. I wonder what Haran got in return for her? You know he would have received something. Men traded women as they did cattle – for financial gain. I wonder what the conversation was between Nahor and Haran. Who initiated it? Was it Nahor who just had to have Milcah as his wife, or was it Haran who wanted something that Nahor owned and so he traded his daughter for it? Did it not bother him that his brother, who was many years older than his daughter, was going to be having sex with his daughter? Where is the value of her as a human being with feelings? And Haran passed on this lack of care for a human woman to his own son, Lot.
If you recall that story, there was a group of men surrounding Lot’s home because Lot had two male visitors inside his home. What did Lot do? He told this group of men, a group so large that they surrounded his home, that he would give them his daughters, who were virgins, and they could do anything they wanted with his daughters. In otherwords, he cared less if his two innocent daughters were gang raped by a group of filthy men. I can only imagine the fear those girls must have had listening to their father says such a thing – knowing he didn’t care about their safety or value them as human beings. They were pawns to be used as a man so intentioned.
And then there is Abram. We want to believe he was a righteous man because God used him, but the fact is, he was no better than his brothers and his nephew, Lot when it came to valuing a woman. Abram was married to Sarai, his half-sister, and they were in the land of Egypt and to protect himself, he has his wife Sarai lie and tell the Egyptians that she is his sister and not his wife so they will treat HIM well. And all the while he is being treated well and having cattle and animals lavished on him, she is taken to the palace and made to be the wife of the Pharoah. She was in a position of having to have sex with a man, other than her husband, risk having a child and did Abram care? No. He was taught, like his brothers, that woman are to be used for sex, bearing children, and bargaining them like property to better oneself or, as in this case, protect oneself. This thinking was not of God. Nowhere did God ever say for them to treat women in such a manner. God’s directive was that a woman was to be a helper, not a slave, not a tool for barter, not a lower human creation. After all, she too was made in the image of God.
Just thinking about this downfall of man shows how corrupt and perverted the human mind can become when left to its own. I find it very interesting that before God used Abram, he told him to “leave your country, your people, and your father’s household.” That shows me that God needed him away from the influence of the corrupt way of living and thinking and needed him to go elsewhere. And God did use Abram, then. He then became the Abraham that went on to become a faithful follower of God.
So for all the Bible doesn’t say about Terah in the geneology, it speaks volumes because it shows how the knowledge he imparted to his sons, was not from God. And it shows how it filtered down thru his sons, and his son’s son, and actually continued for many generations. But make no mistake, it was never a command from God.